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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 22:10

We've had 61mm of rain since mid Jan when we started recording.  Our farmer neighbour says winter 2015-16 was very mild and it was unusually wet up until July.   Since then, hot August, dry autumn, cold, dry winter and a dry spring with the odd blistering heatwave.   The last month has been cool but dry so he's got his wheat in OK but is worried about the sweetcorn for winter feed.

I have everything more or less under control in pots but can't make any headway on new beds or the potager or bigger plans as the ground is rock hard and will need a serious soaking and truck loads of manure to get into any sort of growing condition for permanent beds.   Oh well, just have to be patient I suppose.   Bound to rain sooner or later.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 20:16

Maybe, in about 20 years' time.  I'm thinking more of golf as a rain dance.   13 months of drought now so something has to give!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 19:55

I wouldn't need to!  Assuming he got well rained on.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 19:45

We have had wet bits but not enough to measure tho OH says he got wet just a few miles away on the golf course.  Not the first time that's happened so I've told him to play golf in the garden!

Maybe your Lord Butes would be better on a nice cosy windowsill FG.

Feature tree for my front garden

Posted: Yesterday at 17:20

Try one of the red stemmed acers such as Sango Kaku - lovely fresh foliage in spring with good autumn colour and then the red stems all winter.   Or how about acer griseum - snake bark maple or the ornamental cherry with rich, mahogany bark in winter - prunus serrula.

If you go for sorbus kasmiriana it will have pale pinky white berries that stay on the tree a long time because the birds don't eat them until late on.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 17:03

Possum was lusting after one of those at the almost classic car rally on Sunday

What tree?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:34

Wait till you do and can do a soil test to see if it's acid or alkaline and how much it needs beefing up with compost/manure etc.   Autumn is the best time to plant new trees so you have time to work it out and select the best tree.

Having said that, you already have trees growing on other land behind and to the side of yours and they will grow bigger, probably faster than any tree you plant - and cover it without taking up space in your garden.  I would think, instead, about how you want to use your new garden for your own activities, where the sun shines most - another factor in choosing plants - and then think about building a pergola to support climbers that would cut the view of the warehouse from your garden and give you colour and possibly perfume to enjoy.

That view from the upstairs window isn't going to be your main outlook is it?   Patience and forward planning are important gardening tools that can save you time, money and effort.

Acer Palmatum

Posted: Yesterday at 13:37

Sounds to me like your acer is starving and also thirsty.  Give it a thorough soaking asap and repeat every day or so till the root ball is thoroughly rehydrated.  Give it some liquid seaweed or other fertiliser to perk it up.   Keep it well watered..  Apart from anything else, this will make it easier to remove from its current pot.  

If you plan on any root pruning, I would wait till the plant has lost its foliage in autumn and has gone dormant.   Then take it out of its pot, scrape off as much of the worn out compost as possible and trim back some of the longer roots using sharp secateurs to make clean cuts.   Then repot in a bigger pot if possible or in the same pot if you must and use best quality John Innes no 3 compost with a crock over the drainage holes.   Firm it to the same depth of soil as before and make sure you leave at least an inch at the top of the pot to allow for generous watering or, better still, 2 inches so you can mulch it with expanded clay pellets, gravel, chipped slate or pebbles as you prefer.  This will help with moisture retention and also keep down weeds.

Do the final watering and mulching once the pots is in its final place and check compost levels before you mulch.   It will be much harder to more or correct after you've watered.

Every spring, give it a handful of slow release fertiliser such as blood fish and bone and keep it watered throughout the growing season.  An occasional feed of liquid seaweed will keep it happier too.


Posted: Yesterday at 12:50

There's nothing to stop you inserting vine eyes outlining the shapes you want and just stretching wires between them but, as said before, growth and training will not happen overnight so you will have visible wires until it does mature.

cant kill this plant/weed?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:40

Have a read of this.  It may frighten you but it will point the way forward - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=218&cID=1037 

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