Latest posts by Obelixx

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

Ant Farms

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:05

Do you mean ant nests or their habit of farming aphids for honeydew?

Ant nests and tunnels underneath treasures are generally a bad thing as they leave plant roots danging in air and drying out.   I had one under a rhubarb plant which really struggled whereas its neighbours all thrived until I dug it up and found the nest and dealt with it.    Copious watering will see them move on and a dose of essential oil of cloves helps too as they don't like the smell.  If you're not organic you could use conventional poisons.

Ants farming aphids spread the blighters on your plants and fight off natural predators like ladybirds and their larvae.  Not good either.

Then, of course, there's the whole business of gardening with ants.  They get in your boots and in your gloves and they don't half sting and itch when they bite.

Silk Tree/Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 10:00

Ours is just coming into leaf now.  It's clearly a mature specimen so has had no problems with our -6C frosts this winter.   They are quite common round here so I assume withstand strong winds, heavy rain, strong sun, droughts and all sorts. 

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