Friday 24 November 2017

Garden blues

Marie Staunton

QI want to move a small conifer to a different part of the garden, when is the best time to do it?

AWe are forever moving plants around the garden either to fill gaps or to give them more space, and, yes, it is possible to move a conifer. The very best time to do it is when the sap is rising, around April. Cut around the plant with a spade about 45cm from the stem -- this will sever the growing roots.

Then, take the spade and sever the anchor roots underneath the plant Wrap the root ball in a bit of sack cloth and soak with a few buckets of water. Re-plant as soon as possible, don't let it dry out, and it should recover well.

QCan I grow a good selection of vegetables in a small garden?

A Provided you can put your veg. patch in a bright, well-sheltered part of the garden, the possibilities are endless. Make sure you have access to water, as the growing plants will need to be watered on a regular basis.

The big mistake people make is to sow too many of the same type of vegetable, and then they all need to be harvested at the same time. Sow little and often -- that way, nothing will go to waste and it leaves room for a good selection.

Beetroot is a lovely one to grow, as are carrots, and they don't take up a lot of space, Cut-and-come-again salad varieties are fantastic, and herbs are always a lovely addition to a vegetable patch.

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