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My acer is a little crispy...

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 12:38

If you already have the acers then you can create a suitably sheltered location whether in the ground or in pots.  Otherwise/in addition you can discover trees/shrubs/plants for windy sites online especially under the RHS info - there are lots of such plants that look great in the wind & don't suffer: horses for courses.


My acer is a little crispy...

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 08:00

I successfully cultivated different acers in containers but these must be well drained, top dressed every spring (remove & replace with fresh compost top 2 inches), moved to larger containers when pot bound (drying quickly despite, say, fortnightly good watering, roots out the bottom).  They flourished in ericaceous soil in very sheltered (non windy), limited direct sunlight conditions.  Now in the ground, breezy most days, I'm seriously considering moving them to as sheltered a spot from wind & excessive sun as  possible because their leaves are 'crispy' - drying in the wind.  But definitely always outdoors - they are a tree native to hillsides in the far east I believe!  You see them successfully in England beside streams in sheltered gardens.

Winter Fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:32

My question marks were actually a happy face!

Winter Fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:31

Oh no!  I guess that I'll have to find a way to keep the wire from touching the trees at any point.  Many thanks for your advice & happy gardening????.

Winter Fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:15

Chicken wire we erected around tree bases to prevent cats from scratching, touches lower branches in places that are above the grease that prevents climbing insects.  Can these insects climb chicken/other wire - does anyone know for sure?

Unheated/uninsulated greenhouse

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 08:36

For a few winters now we've bubble wrapped an aluminium GH using brown tape & a few pegs. Advice re ventilating is essential: just open the window & door during day time. Even doing that many years ago a heater still caused excessive/damaging moisture so I concluded our 6x6 GH too small, & not worth it.  I've not lost any plants over-wintering outdoors & GH as I've described.  INcidentally it would cost me a lot more to replace my plants than the price of online wrap & re-using plastic bags.  We also bought, very cheaply, horticultural fleece which is amazingly effective draped over outdoor plants, weighted down with bricks/stones.  All re-useable.

Unheated/uninsulated greenhouse

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 21:08

Also we cluster outdoor/perennials together near the house wall, beneath an over-hang if you've got one, & place eg a garden bench or table in front so that although the light's reduced somewhat, with fleece/bubble-wrap/plastic wound around the pot bases or around the whole group a few times, they're protected.  Also leave a little of the surface soil around the stem exposed to permit moisture evaporation but limit water intake that then freezes & potentially damages roots.  It's a compromise but each year our pot plants: hebes, roses, magnolia, jasmine, fruits, lavenders, rosemary, bay, strawbs, hydrangeas, Japanese acers, other variegated small cuttings survive.  Do use unheated green-house which we stopped heating years ago because of mould problem.  Brought cuttings of pelargoniums indoors & mature pelargoniums cut back,cheese plant, succulents, cacti, cyclamen, agave etc into unheated sun lounge.  Hope this helps.

Unheated/uninsulated greenhouse

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 20:55

If you've got the space eg garage, you might find buying large rolls of bubble wrap & brown tape online a lot cheaper, even allowing for eg £2+ pp, & it soon cuts down to wrap around containers & green house.  We rinse it off/leave to dry outside in Spring/after the ice/snow & fold/store it to re-use this time of year.   We also re-use compost bags & large plastic bags if necessary to cover plants.  We're squirrels & throw little away - will never understand a throw-away mentality - that's why I love gardening - endless re-cycling 

Walking onion

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 21:28

I meant to ask: re Egyptian onions in pots - what size pot is best? I don't want to plant them in the garden.

Walking onion

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 17:44

If I grow these in pots what should be the depth?

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