Zoomer44


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Replace conifers with fruit trees?

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:33

I'ts hard work.

I cut down two conifers as tall as the house some years ago. You'll need to cut the tree down first but leave enough of the stump for leverage to loosen the roots when pulling it up, at least 3ft of stump.

I cut all the branches off a few at a time into managable sizes. The roots go deep and are spread out so expect to dig a hole around the bottom of the tree at least two foot from the stump all the way round. It seems alot but makes it easy when you try to get the stump and roots out. If you can dig a bigger hole do so.  

Then dig down to uncover as much of the roots as you can. A fork will help loosen the soil and a spade to get the soil out of the hole but I took to using a hand trowel to get at the roots lower down. You'll still find some thick roots, use the stump as a level to rock the remaining plant which will help to loosen the roots further. Any thick roots can be cut with a saw close to the rim of the hole.

The more of the roots you can dig out the better the ground will be for,planting anything new.    

The ground is likely to be very dry where the conifers grew and so digging in a lot of well rotted manure will give new plants a good start. I'm sure another poster can help with advise about planting fruit tree's.     

Good luck

    

Moving Black currant bush

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 21:36

Agree with BTG and will second how incredibly easy they are to grow from hard wood cuttings. I took some cuttings last year, six to a 6' pot aftet dipping in rooting powder, half have rooted. They are still quite small but have leaves and look heathly. They don't need any TLC just regular watering to stop the pots drying out. I brought the pots into the GH when the weather started to get cold and put them back out in Spring.  

Why not take some cuttings before moving as a back up, you've nothing to lose and could end up with several plants.   

Multiple Headed Sunflowers

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 21:17

Most of mine have multiple heads this year. Most were also to some degree eaten by caterpillars and so I took off the worst affected leaves which is were the extra flower heads have grown from, best.

Looks like you'll be able to save lots of seeds for the birds this winter, Purplemoose

garden-used-to-be-tarmac

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 23:40

I tend to get a lot of moss growing on it. 

aubergines

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 23:35

Lilylouise. I'm impressed too. How big are they, mine must have been dwart one at about 3 to 4 inches long

garden-used-to-be-tarmac

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:59

 My main path and patio is tarmac. If the tarmac has been laid properly there will be hard core underneath and checking whats under the hard core could prove difficult, so you may need to take your chances with your soil type but the good news is most soil types can be improved by feeding it with a good compost.

Double digging in well rotted hourse muck or mushroom compost will improve the soil whether clay or stony. Then putting on a surface mulch regularly will feed the soil.          

I took up a concrete garage base before putting down turf for a lawn and then several years later turned part over for my first veg bed. There was very little life under the concrete, no worms but fortunately although stony ground the soil was fairly good stuff. I double dug in well rotted horse muck for the veg beds in the Autumn before planting in Spring.  

In another part of the garden I discovered clay under the top soil after taking up slate which had laid there for years on a weed membrane. After a double digging of mushroom compost the flowers have thrived and because of the clay that part of the garden retains water well when we get the sun.        

Regarding electric cables I would have thought they would be near the surface and in some sort of protective covering. Are you expecting to find cables? 

fruitless-veg

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 21:59

Bulb fennel isn't easy to grow it needs lots of sunlight and plenty of water for the bulbs to bulk out.

tomato-plants-o

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 00:35

Ditto KEF.

Although I've not been growing as long as you, I've taken Italophile's adivse for a couple of years now and my plants this year are buckling under the weight of the crop. All fruiting at least a month earlier than last year, I'm every so pleased as they'll hopefully continue now until me thinks the end of September, early October

advice-on-how-to-choose-a-lean-to-polycarbonate-grow-house

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 21:13

Although space is limited hct. I'd buy the biggest one you can afford and will fit in the space. If on a budget the pastic four shelved grow houses are fab. They've a tendency to get blown over in Winter but if weighted down or tied to something solid are fine. The covers do eventually perish but are cheap to replace.

Moving up market you could get an aluminum or wooden framed grow house. Aluminium needs little up keep but wood, would need to be treated every so often.

Then there's glass or polycarbonate. A few pointers to consider, polycarbonate is probably safer if small children frequent your garden.

Now I'm happy to be wrong with the following pointers as I have a glass GH and haven't used  polycarbonate...but one lets in more light and glass is less likely to get scratched when being washed, you'll need to wash it at least once a year, probably twice, in the Autumn and again in the Spring, me also thinks one retains heat better, not sure which though, I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell us.

  

danger-is-in-the-garden

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 21:46

jatnikapyar. Widgets are balls found in cans of larger to make them froth when opened. Not sure if they still put them in the can as I saved mine a couple of years back. They come with a hole in and off course, you need to drink the beer first before you can get at the widget.

Having a bar-be-cue and supplying the beer is the quickest way to collect them. A good time is had by all and you have a good supply of widgets 

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