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Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:51

Good point about the pruning Blairs I hadn't thought about the grafting. 

Yes I doubt I'll get a small enough rootball to transplant it. Think I might have to buy a new one.

Hopefully another rootball to turn into something though!

Pleached hedge

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 09:52

There are 2  I see on my way to work that are pruned as small pleached hedges ~ 4 foot. Both grow flowers and berries. I am currently training one along wires up the side of a brick shed after seeing the one at York Gate on a GW programme. Garden gloves and  long sleeves work pretty well.

Extreme gardening gets the adrenalin pumping!

wild flowers

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 09:38

Thanks for the info Lyon!

After watching Sarah Raven's programme last year I wrote to the council to see if I could turn and strip of grass between me and my non-gardening neighbours into a pollinating plant strip. Despite explaining that my neighbours neither gardened nor cared if I did this, the council said that as my neighbours rented the council-owned house they were responsible for this strip.

Anyway I just happened to spill a few open packets of Yellow Rattle on the strip last year - oops, I'm such a butter fingers!

 

Growing fruit

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 09:22

Oh yes, and what else you could grow in a pot in addition to what's already been suggest - apples.  I grow James Grieve in one and it fruits very well

Growing fruit

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 09:19

I'm in North Derbyshire. I grow mine in an old bath outside. I have 3 varieties - Augusta, Julia and another which i can't remember - which fruit at slightly different times so I get a pretty long season.

I planted the bath up by lining the bottom with bracken, then filling it with acid compost. You do need to keep the soil very damp - rainwater is best - otherwise the fruit will be small and and not very juicy. I also give them a feed with an Ericaceous liquid feed once a month. They don't need pruning.

As an aside, one job for this year is to put a living wall down the side of the bath

How to deter Field Mice?

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 08:58

True. When I intially got mine, birds disappeared as well . Fortunately they've come back but the mice haven't.

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 08:49

Morning Petal! Apart from the expense I haven't read anything that gives a pruning regime other than prune out the straight shoots so I'm not sure how successful that would be.

I think I'll spend my money on the largest pot I can afford, be patient and look at what else I can grow to encourage the LT Tits

 

Pleached hedge

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 08:42

Hornbeam is also good. You haven't said how tall you want it, but I've seen Pyracantha grown as a small one. Apart from being evergreen it's good for wildlife

Good luck!

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 08:34

I've had a Corkcrew Hazel (corylus avellana Contorta) for some years now and it's outgrown my garden. I love it in winter and early spring for its "Triffid"-like winter appearance, as my neighbour calls it, the beautifully long catkins it produces in Jan/Feb, and the Long-Tailed Tits which arrive in a gang and work over it in search of aphids and the like for a good 10 minutes at a time. I also secretly enjoy the on-going competition with the squirrels to see who can collect the most Cobnuts.

By Summer though it's taken over my small back garden looming dark and menacing and these days covering a large proportion of the border.

I've tried pruning it, which is akin to herding cats.

So with regret and apologies to the L-T Tits and Squirrels it has to come out . Has anyone grown it sucessfully in a pot - I thought I might try taking cuttings?

P.S. As recompense to the wildlife and the rest of my plants I'm replacing it with Rosa Glauca

Potatoes

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 22:51

I've been pruning and weeding tonight and virtually every plant,stone, leaf I lifted had slugs and snails under it. I was hoping to leave some potatoes in the ground but I'm thinking I should dig them all up

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