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Advice on growing edibles under oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 21:19

Ooh, I like those ideas. Oak leaf wine?? **Googles frantically**

I'd never heard of it, but now I'm intrigued. Used to make wine at the last place, so I have all the kit and was lamenting the lack of grapes... But all those oak leaves in autumn could actually come in handy. Thanks for the suggestion - would never have looked into it otherwise!

edit: ah, I see the leaves have to be young. Next year and a very long grabber at night then

Advice on growing edibles under oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 21:03

*sorry, re-posted earlier message somehow*

Advice on growing edibles under oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 21:00

Oh bums. I was hoping some brave person would have attempted it and be able to offer their experiences (or horror stories).

Unfortunately the only sunny spots have already been dedicated to patio, pond and lawn, so the veg patch will probs just have to lose out. Maybe I'll put the bird feeders and a hedgehog house in that corner, and stick to patio herbing instead

We know where the the sun hits through the year pretty well now - I took photographs at midday each time we visited the house as it was being built, and mapped out the shadows through the quarters.

Yeah, my idea of a huge garden is probably what most people on here would describe as quaint. Hah.

Oh well, thanks for your warnings. Well heeded.

Advice on growing edibles under oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:06

Yeah, the grass under it atm is doing okay, but you're probably right that veg would need some extra irrigation!

Advice on growing edibles under oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:02

Hello everyone. I've moved to a lovely new place with a huge (compared to what I'm used to, anyway) garden. I've no idea how I'm going to cope with it all, but I have in my plan a space for a raised bed or two for vegetables and herbs. Only problem is, they'd be under our TPO'd, massive oak tree (English, Common or Pedunculate - however you wish to identify it!). The oak tree is to the north, and the lowest dangler is about 3.5-5m from the ground, though most of the canopy is 10m or higher, so the proposed veg plot would be shaded a bit during the day, but not too much. It's a stunning tree and I love having it there, but I am concerned that the sap would have an effect on things beneath.

Does anyone have experience of trying to grow things under oak trees? I've heard lettuce is good... or will I be stuck with nothing but mushrooms?!

Flowering hedge/shrub ID

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:55

That's it! Looks like rock rose / Cistus x corbariensis is a good bet. Thank you very much, HCA!

Flowering hedge/shrub ID

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:07

Can anyone identify this hedgey thing for me? I'm sorry the pictures are so rubbish - it was outside my old house so its presence in photos was always incidental, and now that I've left (of course) I'm wondering what it was.

Hedge was evergreen, with raggedy leaves. They were actually a fairly dark green and faintly furry rather wan waxy. The pink buds would appear in spring, and white flowers would begin blooming at end of May, all the way through June. Bees loved it.

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Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:07

Yes - I should have mentioned that my other clemmy (only two metres away) is thriving quite happily, so yours should be fine

Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:46

Hi Trial and Error,

I tried rescuing it, but to no avail. The entire thing has died a very swift death. I doubt very much the infection would spread to your other clematis unless it developed a crack in its bark, and I found with mine that the slime in the diseased one ceased pretty much as soon as the sap supply ran out.

The bacteria live in the soil anyway, apparently, so I would imagine that replacing the soil wouldn't make a huge amount of difference. According to the interwebs, you should be able to replant if nothing at all recovers.

Sorry for your loss!



Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 20:11

Ah, I think I've worked it out - slime flux. Winds the other day must have opened up some of the wood. Boo hoo :'( :'(

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