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winter tidy up

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:42

Patsy.  Did you incorporate fish blood n bone fertiliser?  Or another organic one?  Offen foxes will dig looking for the fish, etc. I would leave piece of mesh or similar around the plant for a while 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:25

Come on folks.  This is a jokes thread.  Everybody welcome.  

Its jokes....even pathetic beano-type ones like mine....that lift our spirits 


Buddleja 'Buzz' revisited

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:20

Hello marklikesbees

I would just leave them as they are now.  Come the spring I would pot on into bigger pots and they will grow away vigorously.  When they do I would cut back each of those two stems at least half way.  Shoots will then form.  I would plant out then or pot on again and prune again to encourage another set of shoots.  You will then have a nice bushy plant.  

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:47

I would dig out the water feature next.  It's the "messiest" 

Maybe, sInce you already have a patio, you could do the bigger version later.

The chickens?  Nice touch 

Dont rush.  Do each area as well as possible from the start.  No point in cutting corners

brompton stocks

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:31

Izzy, I always grow stocks over winter. 

I don't know how hardy they are elsewhere but for me they provide good colour and lovely scent on fairly large grey bushes into the spring.  For some reason mine this year are either white or the white ones and I think the scent is stronger. They make nice addition to wallflowers or any other planting you may have.

I think there will be a problem if growing on acid soil........suggest adding lime or adding mpc around the roots at plantImg time 

If your plants are in the greenhouse now I would hesitate in plantImg out now.  It's pretty cold at moment.  However, if you have some fleece I would cover for a while to help them acclimatise.  Avoid wet soils too I think .  Are your plants fairly large or are they still seedlings?  Would plant seedlings out in spring

winter tidy up

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:16

I'm aware we should keep sticks, leaves etc for wildlife.  However, I am a "tidyist".  

I do keep one or two areas for wildlife but in my borders and generally in the garden I keep things clear and "clean".  It keeps woodlice, snails, etc away from my precious plants.

Perhaps I am not yet environment-conscious enough!!  

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:10

Silly me!  Posted here instead of hello FORKERS.  What am I like?  

Thanks 4thPanda.  Excellent news for Stacey and family   However, what more positive than her good news today?  

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 19:06

Hey fidget!   Cornwall too would have won a few gold medals.    


Posted: 26/11/2013 at 18:59

Hello everyone

First thngs first.........


Very cold today......cloudy too 

Those choc digestives and marshmallows sound very, very,very nice 

Keep warm amd safe everyone


Posted: 26/11/2013 at 18:48

Hello dannyboy

A 4' Acer at that age will be easy to move.  Just make sure you get nice rootball with it.  It's not technical or complicated.  Your Acer won't have too much of a rootball.  You dont say which Acer you have but I'm assuming it's one of the Japanese types.

I moved Acer Garnet last  autumn after it had een growing there for 3 or 4 years and was prob in excess of 5'......I trim mine for bushyness so it would have been taller ....but it moved with great ease.  It will grow next spring unaware it has been moved,

I have moved way or another...and they are one of the easiest of shrubs to move.

I really don't think you need to dig a trench......with a spade simply slice down at about  40 cm away from the trunk all round and lift.  Simples!  It will lift easily.  

I always prepare the recipient site first.  Don't replant too deeply ....simply keep at same depth as before.  If you can add some ericaceous John innes to the planting mixture too it will help.  Water well but then not again until spring when I would water well again and keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't dry out.

Good luck dannyboy 

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