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Yew bush

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:29

I have just planted a row of 2ft tall Yews. I've held one back to plant somewhere as a standalone.  I can only dream about it getting massive.  That's a prize asset you have.  If it has pride of place you can dress it for Christmas!


Bird song is back

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:16

Song thrushes can be quite alarm like.

Bird song is back

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:14

In the past we have had a few nightingales close by, and their song is electric.

Hope they come back this year!

Bird song is back

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 05:24

In the south of England the birds are singing their little hearts out this morning.  I forgot just how much I love their song.

Watched a few frolicking and nest building this past week.

Hedging patience

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 04:55

Things I learned:

Originally I was going to place laurel behind the post and rail fencing.  And then changed my mind regarding plant choice.  Which led to problems.

I tried to plant either side of my fencing.  With the intention that the fence is gradually subsumed by the hedge.  My fence posts are 6ft apart.  The problem being that planting near the posts is hard, because you don't want to weaken the fences' stability.  I'd have been better off with larger spacing, 9ft would have worked.

Upon reflection, It would have been far easier to have planted the hedge on one side of the fence.  If I was starting again, I'd have used cheap wire fencing.  And placed the hedge away from it.  When the hedge reached a good size, removed the fencing.  This would have made it far easier to dig a trench!

I was still planting bare root yesterday.  I'm not sure about the viability of the bare root, it's a good week since receiving them.

I ordered the bare roots, thinking they'd take time to arrive, but surprisingly for once they turned up very promptly.  Within 2 days.  Which meant a lot of ground work hadn't been done.  I know it's obvious, but I'd advice you to do your ground work, and then order the bare roots, so you can get them in the ground promptly.

Time and energy, I ordered enough plants for two hedge rows, and because of prep time, and other constraints, it has been a handful doing both.  I was put off by paying twice on post and packing.

Time of year, I'd have been better off getting the plants in at least a month ago.

As I say if all the ground work had been done in advance it would have been far easier.

Double staggered rows take more plants.  Another obvious point, but do bear that in mind.

Fingers crossed they all take.  I'll take photos at the end of the summer, pending on the hedges living!  I'll sleep better when I see growth!

Turning soil, sub soil and top soil

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:52

I assume the chalk is rich in minerals.

I have had a few piles of big chalk pieces and roots from established trees soon bury their way into what is a rock pile, and they look quite happy.  I guess the chalk holds some water.


Turning soil, sub soil and top soil

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 13:42

About 2 feet in the best places, and then it becomes chalky rubble.

It might be a stretch calling those 2ft topsoil!  Probably a nice 2 inch of nettle die back and build up at the very top.

I have common pear hedging, which is chalk tolerant, but I'm not sure to what level.  I think the roots will struggle to bury their way down below when it gets too hard.  But I could well be wrong in my assumption.  The hedge doesn't have to get huge, 2 metres tall and thick would be fine.  I'll try and put some manure on top each year once it settles down.

Turning soil, sub soil and top soil

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 09:21

I've been digging a trench for hedging on chalk.

The top soil looks good, I try and keep in a pile, then I hit chalky rubble, and chalk dust, and these piles end up mixed. 

So the sub soil and top soils are mixed, is that terrible?

Is trying to enrich deeply a fruitless task?

Should all efforts of enrichment go in the top?

Will the worms and rain just bring it all down?

Hedging patience

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 09:18

@nutcutlet, brick clay is a little nutritious, not so sure about the abandoned cars, old radios, asbestos sheeting and other nasties I've found lurking in the undergrowth.

Hedging patience

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 09:15

My approach is to pretty much get the soil level above the top root root growth, but sometimes there's sprouting about 10cm above the main mass of roots and I'm never quite sure what to do in that situation.

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