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Latest posts by nightgarden

Conifer problem

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:22

Thanks GemmaJF I'll take a look, I've just seen a very interesting idea - for free standing conifers not hedges though. It is to take off the lower growth flush with the main trunk/stem to produce a sort of lollipop shape (more attractive than it sounds) so gives air and light beneath and around and looks good too.

Conifer problem

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:53

Thanks Verdun - probably a stupid question but by green growth I assume you mean the stems? 

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 08:16

I plan to make a rill along the edge of a wide established border and various other structural changes - nice to dream.

I have a gardening notebook - I keep clippings, make notes on anything I like the look of, stick in photos etc so I guess more like a notebook sized scrapbook really!

I have never yet managed a year without seed trays marked for one thing and that turn out to be another - doubt I ever will either but could try harder.

Egg dilemma?

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:15

Meant to add that if you have hens you can scramble the eggs and feed them to the hens - not raw though as you'd end up with the hens having a taste for raw egg and they may eat their own, very annoying and hard to stop.

Egg dilemma?

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:11

You can freeze eggs - break the yolks and give a bit of a stir/mix then put in containers in useful amounts then freeze, will keep for a year. When defrosted are good for cakes or omelettes or anything needing broken eggs.

Not sure I understand the float test result though - if they float they are not edible, if they sink you can eat them.

What do you mean by tested positive so must be out of date? If by out of date you mean they floated then don't eat or freeze. 

Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:48

Ha - I agree, chickens are good at doing what they need to for their own happiness! Mine spend hours clearing away debris from underneath the birdtables - useful to deter mice and rats, although having said that both feeding stations have very fat and shiny bank voles living underneath them! 

Conifer problem

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:45

Thanks Verdun I had a feeling that would be the case. My own fault for not paying more attention! 

Do you think they will become more dense over time with regular pruning? How do I prune them - is it cutting back to just before old wood? I was advised to do that in autumn so did it then - do I prune again in spring? 

I don't know what they are, I'll post a photo tomorrow but they grow in a similar way to Thuja orientalis -Aurea nana. Thet aren't this but have that same sort of overall shape, much bigger and more green than yellow.

Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:03

I let my border/beardie collie cross in the garden from the beginning but she wasn't allowed on any beds or borders. I made very clear edges so that she could see where the difference was. I agree with higher post about designating a toilet area, well worth the effort. A slightly more tricky thing I found was teaching my dog to run round things rather than through them, but eventually we have come to agree on routes. Ihave chickens too - Welsommers and Cream Legbars. They do a great deal of good eating up undesirable slugs etc. They are only really a problem when seedbeds and nursery areas have new plants so I cover them in mesh then they can stomp to their heart's content. I have a run too so that they can be kept in till all precautions have been taken. Their helpful clearing of bugs outweighs their nuisance value.

The most difficult part was making peace between dog and hens - puppies chase anything so that was tricky for a while!

Conifer problem

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:54

When I moved here 3 years ago there were 2 conifer bushes shaped like balls in the garden, they grow from one central 'stem' from just above ground level and are globe like. They were almost rock hard and dense so that you could lean against them and they wouldn't move, except to wobble, they didn't yield like a hedge would.

I seem not to have noticed them growing quietly away into shrubs almost 7' tall and 15' round. 

So under my not so watchful eye they have become loose and more open and have lost their jelly like structure.

My question(s) is - is it possible to return them to their smaller/denser state by pruning? Or can I now only hope to keep them the size they are by regular pruning - and if that's the case will they become denser over time - if so it's ok because the garden can take the size. I suppose i just need to get them under control and keep them that way! Just don't know how or when to prune - they are trimmed right now .

I had grandiose ideas of topiary at one stage but don't know if that's possible with conifer - I don't know what species they are but can post a photo tomorrow if it would help - too dark now.

Perhaps a Survey worth doing...

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:32

I've just completed the survey - be interesting to see what happens next, it may still be that my garden doesn't fit the bill but I bet there are hundreds of gardens affected by drought/flooding. 

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