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My garden is large and is for the most part heavy clay. We live in a karst limestone region so certain areas are poorly drained due a hard impermeable layer a few inches below soil level. I planted a boundary hedge made up of red and green beech, the red section is on the driveway and is very striking in the Summer months. My pride and joy is my kitchen garden which is on an elevated part of the site. Fortunately the drainage is quite good in this area. It is designed around an area of approx. 1/3 acre. In this space there is a 4 x 9 metre polytunnel, 2 x 4 metre glasshouse, a fenced raised bed garden, a potted herb garden and a 5 x 9 metre fruit cage. I also grow fruit trees and hybrid berries. The project was started in 2005 and just keeps growing (pun?). I intend to plant some native trees in the lawn in 2010.


Cabbage Collars

15 April 2011 22:22:48
Has anybody had any experience with these? I find they are a bit "hard" around young tender stems. I have also slightly buried them as it adds a bit of stability to the plant.
Scrubber Scrubber 01 May 2011 22:08:17

Do they deter slugs?. Ive just been invaded!

Out with Escalonia.......In with Fagus Sylvatica

28 February 2011 21:42:27
MY dead and decaying Escalonia hedge finally found it's way to the wood chipper. I replaced it with Green Beech which (so far at least) grows fairly well in my garden.
TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 March 2011 22:59:44

Real season for hedging! Green beech is so much faster than copper!

Scrubber Scrubber 14 April 2011 21:34:29

Yes yes yes! Fagus everytime. And green before copper most times! Anyway old escallonia has sticky leaves even if it didnt die after every hard frost. Has the hedge started to green yet?

Scrubber Scrubber 14 April 2011 21:38:22

And have just viewed you photos and am in awe at its precision and orderliness! Liked the aerial ones too. Were usually so into looking at the ground from out knees or bent back that its nice to soar like a bird!

aob9 aob9 15 April 2011 22:28:11

Thanks for the comments,Scrubber. Actually, my garden is orderly on some ocassions but (like most gardens) is in need of attention most of the time. Your own garden looks quite impressive also. I'm currently training for my Private Pilots Licence, a life long passion, so I get the occassional chance for a bit of aerial photography. 

Early Potatoes

23 February 2011 21:39:37
Has anyone been brave enough to plant Early Potatoes under cover yet? Mine have chitted beautifully and I'm rearing to go. 
chilipepper chilipepper 23 February 2011 21:49:23

Planted ours (Duke of York) in the ground last Monday! there in raised beds so i think they will be fine!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 February 2011 21:54:56

They say that St. Patrick's Day is traditionally the day to get your spuds into the ground. Are they talking about 'earlies' or 'maincrop'  ?

aob9 aob9 23 February 2011 23:06:52

Jacinta.......I always presumed that was for maincrop varieties. I don't grow maincrops anymore, the fight against blight was too stressful. There are a lot of potato growers in my area which probably increases my susceptibility. Luckily, I've always managed to spare my tomatoes though........touch wood!!!!

Ivor Ivor 23 February 2011 23:31:51

Just planted some first early "Sharpes Express" and "Pentland Javilin" in potatoe bags in my glasshouse two evenings ago.  They should get no late frosts in there I hope.  I am trying to find some "Vales Emerald" to also put in bags in the glasshouse to start off. They are a very early cropper and I wish I had got some a few weeks ago.   However I will be putting in more varities and the same outside also in early March.  I even have some "Celine" left over from last years crop which have chitted beautifully and I will sow them just for the crack.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 February 2011 17:18:28

Oops, mine are 'Celine' (maincrop)I hope they don't suffer....

aob9 aob9 24 February 2011 22:28:59

I'm going to plant Maris Bard in the tunnel tomorrow. I also have Swift which I'll put in pots in the glasshouse. 


Jacinta; according to this  http://bit.ly/eRWMsE Celine is a Second Early. :)

Johnplotman Johnplotman 28 February 2011 21:34:50

I have them in the tunnel Anthony,and in time to come,will hope to have some Aubergines after them in that area along with others.Just in a case of frost,when it does call to attack,the sheets of newspaper will protect them.Good luck with all your vegetable growing plans.

Autumn onion sets

15 February 2011 20:41:39
Attached is a photo of one of my onions planted back in October. All of these sets seem to have "consumed" themselves in order to survive the Winter. I wonder should I start again. One thing is for certain, the usual "head start" by planting in the Autumn doesn't apply this year.
milkchurns milkchurns 15 February 2011 21:03:43

my onions outside did the same. but the onions sowed in polytunnel is doing well. in fact we could pull them any time for spring onions. next year whatever i sow will be kept undercover, but in saying that my pea plants didnt make it in the bad weather


10 February 2011 09:38:54
I walked around the garden last evening and realised that I can no longer put off pruning my fruit trees and bushes. I don't know why, but pruning apples and pears is one of my least favourite jobs in the garden. So here goes.............
rosburke rosburke 10 February 2011 10:14:33

TG mine are still small enough that they do not need pruning. I hate all pruning.

unagrant unagrant 10 February 2011 12:36:09

Hope it goes well.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 February 2011 23:01:48

I find pruning very therapeutic! When I'm in terrible form I go give something a good prune - my family certainly benefit!

aob9 aob9 10 February 2011 23:30:08

Well, Apples got their haircut. I'll have to do some serious surgery next year though. I actually don't know what rootstock they are on but they are really vigorous now. Cox's look like they may carry a really heavy (potentially small sized) crop this year. Loads of fruit spurs.


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