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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 07:23

Good morning.  I have woken up early for me - dogs scratching to go out - to pink edges on streaky clouds overhead and a normal orange glow creeping up over the horizon.  No frost and a toasty 4C.

OH is badgering me for plans for the rest of the potager so I'm off to the builders' merchant this morning to check lengths of rusty triangular wire posts I'm thinking of using for my fruit cage structure on the grounds that they won't rot or need met posts and it will be easy to attach netting.   Then he can make the raised beds that side.

No plant labels available so I'll be cutting up plastic goblets for my seed sowing later and then getting cleaned up for dance class this evening.

I hope everyone has had a good sleep.  Any plans for today?

Enjoy Kew LP.   Looking forward to photos too Chicky.  How's the new car Pat?

Taxus baccata

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 07:14

It may well have been stressed.  Last winter was very dry for many areas in Britain and northern Europe and some of us still haven't had any decent rain.  Is that the case in your part of Ireland?

If so, a good soaking at the roots and maybe a scattering of bonemeal at the roots to help them over winter will sort out the problem.   The RHS advice page on yews says they usually recover if the problem is stress - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=729 

Are any other plants near the struggling sections also in trouble or just the yew?

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 23:06

LP - have a good trip.  Kew is more than a park.  It's a collection of all sorts of plants and treasures and excellence and there are those new long borders to see as well as the specialist glass houses and the Victoria waterlilies and the tree walk and so on.  Plan to spend a whole day.

Chicky - enjoy the reef when you get there but be careful.  I scraped my foot on a bit of it and ended up with a nasty infection that had to be cleaned up by a flying doctor at Uluru.

Hugs to everyone feeling crook or down-hearted.

Sweet dreams all.  I'm off to bed.

New garden

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 20:17

If this is a very new garden I advise you to wait for the first year to see what comes up, what you like what you don't and what needs help/taking out/encouragement.   In the mean time, keep it weeded and the grass cut regularly in its growing season.

You do, however, need to deal with obvious problems immediately so tree seedlings like the oak and any sycamores need pulling before they get out of hand.   The other thing I would do now is mulch that bed with as much garden compost or manure as you can get hold of.  If there is no compost heap there already, go to the GC and buy the cheapest multi-purpose compost you can find and any bags of well-rotted manure they may have and layer it on    Worms and other soil organisms will work it in for you over winter and any bulbs or perennials lurking below the surface will appreciate it.   Do this after a good rainfall so you don't lock in dryness.

I would be tempted to cut back some of that ivy on the ground before it creeps all over the bed and then just keep the lawn swept of leaves.  Next spring, after the worst f the frosts are over, take stock of what is starting to come thru, trim back any obvious dead or broken stems on shrubs and trees and give everything a good feed of pelleted chicken manure.

Use the winter to work out which way your garden faces, how much shade and sun it gets, what soil you have, how cold it gets, what features you want - eating area, kids' play, pond, pergola - and do a few rough sketches to work out how and where to place them.  Think also about a budget and how much time you have each week to spend on the garden and then you can make good decisions about how you go on.

Taxus baccata

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 20:04

I'm afraid I find this post a bit baffling.   Can you give some more information?

Do you want to know why the hedge you saw looks the way it does or do you want to fix or maybe plant one of your own?

Where are you?   Yew hedging is quite common in Britain and this is a British based forum with a few posters in Canada Europe, Oz, Russia, SA and USA so a wide range of experience, soils and climate.


Posted: 15/11/2017 at 17:22

Hungry.  Needs feeding as suggested above but I'd give it a feed of liquid tomato food or seaweed now to correct those pale leaves and then go to the nitrogen feeds from spring and into summer.

The RHS offers this advice on caring for citrus plants - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/citrus

Killing weeds/roots before laying stones

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 17:18

Weeds like nettles, bindweed, creeping buttercup, horsetail will find a way to grow along under the membrane until they find a way up to light and air.   The ones with tap roots like thistle, dock and co will try to push up thru the membrane so you need to be careful not to tear it or pierce it when laying and make sure the layer of gravel is thick and even.

The only ones that a weed membrane will reliably defeat are the annual and biennial weeds which won't germinate and grow without some light and haven't the resources in their roots to sustain them while they sen out shoots seeking light.

Even with the membrane and gravel you will get weeds germinating in the path eventually as seeds land but they will be easy to hoe, rake or pull out.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 16:37

Thing is, Papi Jo, I cleverly took the label from the pot to go and research the name and then more pots got added to that group and I have no idea which one it is now.   I've heard of reine des prés and grew it in Belgium near the pond where it was damp.  I have other donations with no name so we'll just have to wait and see what grows next spring and go from there.

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 16:32

n01 - it is you who are, if anything, insulting us.   Had you had the wit to do some research on gardeners and gardening let alon had a look round this forum to see what sort of thing gets posted, answered and what kind of folk you are you wouldn't have posted such an ill-considered, open ended question.

As it is, you seem to think we're all stupid, unimaginative, uninventive, uncreative ...............

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 13:45

Papi Jo - I've been given a plant called Reine des Celtes but can't find any info on it.   Do you now it?

All I get is stuff on Boadicea.

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