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Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 16:47

GD - as far as I know Guernsey adheres to EU rules and regs - except VAT and one or two other bits - as part of the 1972 UK accession Treaty.  It is illegal in the EU to disturb nesting birds and that includes clearing land and cutting hedges.   Too late now but you could consult your local council on restraining further such action by this landlord and the landscaping company.  It does seem barbaric.

As for the racist comments - atrocious.   

Shrubs for the seaside

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:59

Sea buckthorn - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/8765/Hippophae-rhamnoides/Details

Cercis siliquastrum - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/24283/Cercis-siliquastrum/Details

Rosa rugosa - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/72211/Rosa-Roseraie-de-l-Hay-(Ru)/Details tho I find this can sucker and also suffers in cold north winds.

Have a look here for more ideas about plants that cope well near the coast, including evergreens and perennials but you can weed those out - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=472 

Help with a border

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:47

There are 3 main ways forward I think and they depend on patience and budget.

Th first is to get someone to dig out the stumps.  Tree surgeons often have root grinders which will do this easily enough.

The second is to build raised beds using railway sleepers or bricks or recycled scaffolding boards or similar.   They'd need to be about a foot deep to be effective or you could make them to knee height and have built in seating.  You'd then need to fill them with a mix of garden compost, loam based compost and, if possible, some well rotted manure and then you can grow ornamental plants or maybe some shrubs or even edibles.

The third is to wait a year or two.  The roots and trunks of pine rot fairly quickly and then you can dig it over and make a new bed enriched with garden compost.

Help! Grapevine dying.

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:28

Whereabouts are you?  It sounds like it may simple be frost damage or dessication by strong northerly winds experienced recently across the UK and  parts of France.

If so, the plants should recover.   

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 13:30

Definitely.  In my experience there's always at least one accident where you end up with a flood from a loose connection or too much pressure.  Better outside than in.   One outside tap would do it and then either a long hose pipe or a Y connector and 2 hose pipes.  

You can get a good 40m long one that mounts on the wall in its own retractable reel.  I have one of these - http://www.hozelock.com/our-products/watering/hose-reels/wall-mounted-reels/auto-reel-with-40m-hose/ but we also have a 3 way connector on the outside tap so I can use it as a tap and keep 2 hose pipes attached for either side without constant connecting and disconnecting.  Then I have sprinklers and timers so I can water beds automatically and spray guns attachments for doing individual plants and pots.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 13:20

Lovely news BL and lovely clems too.  I brought my Blue Angel with me.  Gorgeous.

Help for small gardens

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 13:19

Maybe you are squishing your cardoons into too tight a space.  They like room to grow and fertile soil with plenty of moisture while they are growing.

You may find the info on this site intresting - http://www.seedaholic.com/cynara-cardunculus-cardoon.html

A small garden needs careful thought so that every plant in it gives full value and offers contrasts of height, shape and texture in its form and foliage as flowers are often fleeting features.  It is usually better to keep to a few bold plants rather than lots of dotted plants that get lost in the whole.

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 12:51

Get some quotes.  You can have an outside tap fitted on the outside of the kitchen near your existing sink - short pipe lead so not too expensive in materials.  

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 12:49

Mulching will certainly help but that stuff is so compacted it will need breaking up first and may well conceal more horrors that need shifting as most terraces and paved area have a layer of hard core beneath the ballast layer of sand and cement.

Can you hire a rotavator - or maybe a sledge hammer - for a day or two?

Is this Clemetis dead?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:41

That looks to me like frost damage, or certainly cold winds.  Give them a tonic of liquid tomato feed and be patient.   Most clematis are hardy but soft new spring leaves and shoots will be frost tender.   They are also gross feeders so give them a generous dollop of slow release clematis feed every spring and occasional tonics of liquid tomato food up until late June. 

Make sure you plant your new clem about 4" deeper than it was in its pot.  Give it a good soak first and backfill the hole with good compost mixed into the soil and water well.

Trachelosepermum doesn't like frost at all.  Give that plant a feed too and then, when the shoot is long enough, lift it up to the wires and tie it in but I would advise stretching those wires much more tautly.

Last edited: 14 May 2017 11:42:02

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