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Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:41
figrat wrote (see)
I think Frank meant rotovator, which are excellent tools if you don't have any perennial weeds in the area you want to cultivate.

Yes Figrat although maybe a motivator to get things moving, you have to set yourself up for a period of hard graft so a bit of motivation is probably the answer. Six Mars Bars please and give me the spade.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:31

November when the tree is at its lowest growth period.
You do not say whether sweet or acid cherry they need different handling.
You will need to prune about a third back and make sure you take as large a root ball as you can handle, wrap the root ball in sacking or plastic and soak it.
Have your new hole dug with plenty of fertile compost and if a sweet cherry a little lime.
Move the tree and place in the new position at the same level it was before moving firm in and water well.
Mulch with your well rotted manure in early spring but keep the mulch away from the trunk, it may not fruit for a while depending on its position and recovery time.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:16

Dmball, She told me at the weekend it was hot, they were chilling in the shade, I got instructions to go down and put the Central heating on two days before they come back Sunday.
We had sunshine rain it got cold then warmed up but the garden is now cleaned up and in green bags ready for the collection Thursday.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:09

Peat Ballan, why would you bother moving a heavy frame around the garden when all you need do is spread the compost dig it in and plant.
The hot beds I saw used would be set up in the new year early to give heat for things you wanted early.
I think you assume the horse manure would leech into the ground under the box, well it was usually in an unwanted spot that got light but shelter from the cold winds, easy for us with a walled garden.
The base was a covering of straw bales then raw manure then more straw and a covering of soil, you had to wait for it to get up to heat, an old thermometer came in handy. These days I would use a sand box with cables and a thermostat, same result a lot less work and more control.
Horse manure in now more usually mixed with wood chippings where we once used straw, a much better mix for rotting down than wood chip but straw is expensive and in short supply, wood chip cheaper cleaner and plentiful.
The problem with any kind of wood used in manure or as mulch it takes the Nitrogen out of the ground so not recommended, well not by me.


Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 19:01

Jo, try a hire firm for a motivator they would know what size and for a few hours or a days hire worth it. They deliver and pick up and will give you or some one a run through on how to use it.
Or B&Q sell pick axes cheap, I have one, you can use the pointed end to break up the ground or the spade end you whack it in then use the handle as a lever.
It will be hard graft so have you got a handy man gardener near who would turn it for you.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 17:47

Yes Alan, memories of my father feeding us and our extended family who did not have gardens from his walled garden during and after the war. Those times appear to be back as people have to watch what they spend although they also find the true taste of produce straight from the garden, wash the soil off and into the pan. The huge store could have had the Veg out back for weeks and it starts to lose taste the second it is pulled.
It is not easy and you have mishaps, bad summers, disease, dry spells or too much rain, gardeners need the patience of job but it is worth it. By sowing in batches you can have fresh food from early spring to late Autumn and once you do it will be hard to stop.
Good luck and the people on here are friendly and helpful so just ask.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 16:24
Peat Ballan wrote (see)

If horses have a non-conducive digestive system for manure heaps, and weeds grow in the soil from therewithin, why is it recommended to use fresh horse muck for hot beds ??? All these different opinions seem to cancel each other out .

Good question, why use fresh manure.
Our hot beds were a wooden box made by my Father into which would go straw then a good layer of fresh manure more straw and a good covering of soil.
The heat caused by the reaction of the fresh manure would raise the temperature of the soil into which we could plant those items needing some root warmth to grow, Dad would grow a melon on the hot bed a luxury when I was a kid.
ON the farm where there was a heap of organic or animal waste mainly horse dung a hole would be dug in the steaming pile some soil shovelled in and a plant put in to grow on the rising warmth helping the plant.
At the end of its use the whole box was emptied straw and all onto the compost, we had a large brick midden full of the stuff, my job was to fork it over now and then and then the now mature horse manure would go in the base of the potato trenches or be spread on the soil as it was dug over.
There were no organic fertilisers for gardeners back then and electric cable warming boxes with thermostat which I have now would have been beyond the reach of gardeners, forever putting a penny in the meter.
Boxes of seed or seedlings could be put on the hot bed to give some bottom heat, a couple of batons across the top with the boxes on the batons would raise them so it was not too warm for some plants.
Any seed in the mix would be killed by the rising heat and smothered by the straw.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 13:32

In defence of one of our posters who lives in Holland or Nederland, Amsterdam is not Holland as London is not England, probably the same ladies in those pink windows though.
It is Friesland, Groningen and Limburg, while in Germany we would shoot over the border to Valkenburg Hollands mountains, well they did have a chair lift and the best custard tarts with rice I ever ate.
Many times when they knew we were forces they would not let us buy a drink, the 51st Highland Div were the ones who took that part of Holland from the Germans and they remember to this day, wonderful people, wonderful country.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 13:10
keiths lemon wrote (see)

Palaisglide what is your son eating?

Horse pies with the shoes still on.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 12:09

Sunshine in Stockton, not what the box says but who cares, it is warm and the windows are open to let the fresh air through. Busy with the clean up in case Daughter pops over from Cyprus to see what I am up to, she probably has hidden camera's in the rooms to make sure I do not laze about.
I had a job getting onto this board this morning so gave up, had too much else to-do, at times it is very slow, I have stopped bothering on a Sunday night it is usually a no show, last night late I managed though.


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