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What Hedge to plant ??

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:58

Hwthorn is good for wildlife and grows fast but you need to keep it trimmed or it grows very thick very quickly - blossoms in spring for nectar, berries in autumn for bird food and thorns all year to make it a safe haven for small birds hodong from predators and keep unwanted people out of the garden.

Pyracantha would do the same tricks but be evergreen except in harsh winters.

Growing blueberries

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 10:37

See my post above and yes, now is a good time.  If you've had few fruits it's probably down to blooms being frozenby a spring frost or it being too cold for the pollinators to be flying about. 

I had that problem this year so am goint to try putting a fleece covered frame around them but open on the south side and above in order to reduce frost problems, winter wind damage and allow access for pollinators.

Growing fennel bulbs...

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 08:58

I like it chopped raw in salads, chopped and added to roast Mediterranean veggies, baked with Parmesan.  Our favourite recipe is this one:-

Baked Fennel with Goat's Cheese

 This quantity is for 4 as a vegetarian meal. It's also good with simply grilled pork, chicken or fish.

4              bulbs of fennel

30g          butter

1              lemon, juice only

4 tbs        water

6              sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained

30g          pine nuts

150g         goats' cheese log


Heat the oven to 200C.   Trim the fennel and cut through the middle into 2 and then cut each half again 2 or 3 times to make wedges.   Place these in a shallow oven-proof dish.  Sprinkle on the lemon juice and water and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes.   Drain.


Slice the tomatoes and sprinkle over the fennel, followed by the pine nuts and crumbled goats' cheese.   Drizzle with olive oil (from the tomatoes if you have some) and bake for 15 to 20 minutes till the cheese is browned.

Growing fennel bulbs...

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 10:18

They need warmth and sun to grow fat.  I've been harvesting ours since July and have a few left to eat - from plugs planted in mid June and then mid July.

Over winter non hardy fuschia

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 14:42

They come from the Caribbean and Latin America so a warm house isn't going to do them any harm unless they're parked over a radiator or you forget to water them.

I'd have thought a bedroom would be fine, assuming you keep those rooms cooler than your living room but they will need light.   

Growing blueberries

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 14:22

I'm not sure you need all that preparation.  I grew mine in pots before planting them out for easier care and watering.

My soil is alkaline but fertile.  I dug large holes - 70cms square and deep, filled them with ericaceous compost and transferred mine from pots to the ground.   In spring they get a top dressing of ericaceous feed and this year I've given them a mulch of chipped bark. 

Given the damage suffered last winter and in a late spring frost which lead to dead branches and frozen blooms, they will be getting a frame of windbreak fabric to protect them this winter and spring. 




Posted: 05/10/2012 at 13:27

Hello Herbert.  I garden in central Belgium and have a damp bed shaded by the house wall on its north side.  This bed gets sun before 9am and after 3 pm when the sun is up high from April to mid September.   It gets very cold in winter and is exposed to strong winds.

Plants thriving in there are some hardy ferns, Japanese anemones, chelone, hostas, astilbe, tall primulas, drumstick primulas, astilboides, a small bronze conifer, aquilegias, fritillaria meleagris, hakonechloa aurea, lily of the valley and pulmonaria.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 12:07

Warmish but very blowy.  Loads of rain again in the night so the fields are sodden and there's more to come. 

Worryingly, the first of the winter egret migrants landed in the paddock across the road and that's very early.  I hope it's not a bad sign for the winter to come.

Over winter non hardy fuschia

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 11:06

I've just potted mine up into window boxes which I've put on landing window sills.  I've also taken cuttings as insurance and for bulking up for next year.

Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 22:28

GM crops just mean mor emoney for Monsanto and their ilk.  It's possible to select plants without GM technology and simply by careful breeding but it's slower.

One of Monsanto's GM tricks is to create edible crops that tolerate glyphosate, thus allowing this weedkiler to be used on products for eventual human consumption.  I don't fancy accumulating glyphosate in my body or the antibiotics that come with factory farmed pigs and chickens so I buy organic flour and oats or spelt and free range or organic meat, poultry and eggs.  

I try to be as natural and organic in the garden as I can but do resort to chemicals when the weeds take over - as they have on the paths this year what with all the rain and my back op putting me out of action for months.   Never use them in the beds or veggie patch.

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