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Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 16:02

I'd soak it REALLY well and leave it overnight before you tackle getting it out of the pot. That will make it more pliable to work with and less likely damage the pot. Though in my experience once a pot is cracked and open to the British weather - frost, snow, ice, rain, heat - even epoxy resin will just delay the inevitable. I just use a hammer

 

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:19

I'd invest in a new pot. As the owner of a 12 yrs old Fatsia that's always been kept in a pot and has been re-potted 3 times I can say from personal experience that they're tough old buggers.

I re-potted it again a few weeks ago. When I took it out of the old pot it was all root and very little soil. As it was in a square pot and I (stupidly) bought a new round pot I had to prune the roots really severely. I kept thinking "You're not going to survive this". I mixed some bonemeal with the new compost, and watered it in well. 

Obviously the tough old bugger is also a determined one as it's defied my lack of faith and is producing new leaves, looks glossier than ever and is set to outgrow this pot too!

 

whats eating my runner bean leaves

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:26

You have to give them 10 out of 10 for perseverance. How long would it take to get UP the pear tree in the first place 

whats eating my runner bean leaves

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:58

Last night I watched a slug chomping the top of one of my broad beans. It chomped through the top 3" of stem..... .. TIMBER! 

How to attract bees into polytunnel

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 21:15

Hmm Chris hadn't thought about the full sun aspect. As they're quite cheap it'd be worth trying a few. How about planting some just outside the tunnel?


 

They grow about 2 ft tall. Here's a photo I took last year

Blueberries

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:59

Mine didn't start fruiting till the 3rd year. Otherwise ditto what Bob says, especially as they're in pots. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy

How to attract bees into polytunnel

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:49

Allium sphaerocephalon. The bees adore them! I tend to plant to attract bees but these are the bees knees! 

Hang out the washing

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:37

Thank you for all your replies and ideas. My current rotary drier is a collapsible one and also has a cover which makes it a little less noticeable (if you squint). My back garden sounds about the size of Dove's old garden - maybe a bit bigger, but currently half of it is patio, and this is what I want to reduce and grow more plants. I'm even toying with turning it into a no-mow herb lawn. I saw some fake grass today.....Nah 

So with regards to the drier, yes Victoria practicality will have to take priority. It will have to stay where it is. I've removed the lower branches from the Damson tree and pruned the Corkscrew Hazel so the duvet cover and sheets are free of green stripes and captured bees. Back to the patio dilemma

Hang out the washing

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 23:57

I want to re-design my small back garden as I've hotched-potched it over the years around an over-sized patio. I've been trawling books and t'internet for months now, and the thing that strikes me about all these designs is no-one seems to take into account the washing line or, as in my case, a rotary airer.

Am I the only gardener who dries laundry outside? Has everyone succumbed to an electric drier? I'm all for gardening forever, housework whenever, but even I have to wash the occasional item. Anyone seen a useful book? Companion planting and laundry? Wildlife gardening and undies?

Rubble pile into flower bed?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 23:40

The clay, rocks and soil aren't particularly the problem. The roots would be, as they're likely to grow into plants you don't want, so I'd get as many of those out as you can.

You could give it over to wildlife, in which case there are 3 plants I know that are pretty much indestructible -  at least in my garden. These are Aquilegia, Californian poppies, and (holding breath here) Nettles. The Aquilegia and Poppies are loved by bees - at least the yellow poppies are, and the Nettles are loved by butterflies amongst others. See http://www.nettles.org.uk/nettles/wildlife.asp.

I keep the nettles and Aquilegia under control, but let the poppies seed themselves.

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