G Prentice wrote:
Jonathan Cole wrote:One other thing to consider is that trees don't necessarily have to be tree shaped. There's a lot of options around training them. For instance, training you plum as a fan in front of the fence by the stairs (so the south-facing side if I am reading the plans right) would provide fruit and keep it flatter to the fence. That might then give you space for another tree where you had the possible tree marked, while ensuring your plum gets lots of sunshine and produces easily accessible fruit.
The current possible tree location may also shade the concrete area you were considering for a greenhouse, so keep that in mind. Will be more or less of an issue depending on the type of tree (so how dense the crown is), the height and the way you prune it.
Yes, I need to think about the location of the tree-shaped trees carefully to avoid too much shading. The possible location marked on the diagram is roughly where I was thinking of having a tree-shaped tree (the biggest tree in the garden), but I definitely intend to have trained/espalier trees and shrubs elsewhere - especially along the left-hand fence. I'm hoping that I'll get good crops of fruit on that side as it gets the most light. I will also have some trees/shrubs away from the fence around the rest of the garden, but I'll either choose small varieties or they'll be pruned to avoid them getting too high. I haven't planned the forest garden layers in any detail yet - I'm currently thinking about where I want the seating areas and pond to be, and view lines from my flat's windows.
Kim Huse wrote:IS this PDF anywhere else? I tried to find it. and the main site said the link does not exist anymore.
Heather Sharpe wrote:I told him what I was doing and he just kind of nodded and said if it was a fish, I was using the wrong kind of knife. Then he disappeared.
Michael Cox wrote:
Morfydd St. Clair wrote: Because they get pretty big, you only need a few or you'll be drowning in rhubarb.
You clearly need to be introduced to the joy of rhubarb vodka. I would happily expand my rhubarb patch, if the rest of the family wouldn't protest so much.
Recipe - tender stems of forced rhubarb, chopped into chunks. Vodka. Sugar. Leave to soak for a month or so, then strain the liquid off.
Save the remaining soaked stems for the most heavenly boozy rhubarb pudding ever.