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Sue G

Questions for the Experts

Have a few questions.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that nothing will go wrong this time with the house we are buying,
so while waiting,i'm busy making plans for inside & outside.
The gardens is quite big( well big considering what we have now) 4250. square meters.

At the moment it looks like a field, can't really tell if there was grass or not as the house has not been lived in for 3 years.

Questions
1- Garden is full of holes, hubby said they are rabbit holes, i gave up counting after fifty.
How would we get rid of the rabbits from the garden?????

2- The ground is really sandy so,
Can you grow vegetables in sandy soil?????

3- Fruit trees,
There are 6 pear and 5 apples trees.
When would be the best time to trim the brances as they are over grown.?? We would be moving in September

4- There is also a hazelnut tree which is quite big. What is the best way to store the hazel nuts when ready???

5 - Can anyone recommend a simple book for growing veg, when to plants etc which i could then order from amazon.
where we live in france the weather is just like the UK.

Thanks for any advice.

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Welshcookie

Answers

Rabbits - get a Jack Russel or similar dog

Sandy soil - dig in bulk materials. Well-rotted manure or home produced compost.

Fruit trees - let them produce what they will this year, then tackle them when you know how they produce their crops and when the leaves are off. Then you'll know if the apples are tip-bearing or not. You will also know if the fruit trees are worth saving or not, or should be replaced with varieties of your choice. If you can't live without a cooking apple, try and take one with you.

Hazelnuts - don't they have squirrels in France?

Fruit & Veg books - Carol Clyne does one of each.

Bonne Chance.

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Sue G

Garden questions

"Rabbits - get a Jack Russel or similar dog

Sandy soil - dig in bulk materials. Well-rotted manure or home produced compost.

Fruit trees - let them produce what they will this year, then tackle them when you know how they produce their crops and when the leaves are off. Then you'll know if the apples are tip-bearing or not. You will also know if the fruit trees are worth saving or not, or should be replaced with varieties of your choice. If you can't live without a cooking apple, try and take one with you.

Hazelnuts - don't they have squirrels in France?

Fruit & Veg books - Carol Clyne does one of each.

Bonne Chance."



Thank you welsh cookie,

Can't get a Jack Russel, already have two dogs.

Could smile nicely at the french farmer for some manure.

Trees are already full of fruit, they look quite healthy, just overgrown.

Yes France has really nice red squirrels, guess they will have lots to eat in the winter months.

Will check out the book on Amazon.

Thanks

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Gardening questions

Good luck with the move. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.

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1- I'm afraid there is no nice way of getting rid of an established warren. My advice would be to ring pest control and then go out. It won't be pretty. Your dogs will probably deter them from coming back in any number, but they are very persistent and very destructive. A rabbit proof cage for delicate veg might be a worthwhile investment.

2- Agree with previous comments, and would also recommend growing green manure over winter e.g. alfalfa. This will prevent soil erosion, lock in nutrients and provide additional hummus.

3- You need to establish whether the trees are tip or spur bearing in order to use the correct pruning technique. There are very good web sites on pruning, some of which include videos so have a google.

If the trees are old, and very over grown, resist the urge to severely cut back in year one as this will result in excessive vertical non fruit bearing shoots in spring. It is better to prune back gradually over 3-4 years.

4 - Is the fruit worth keeping? Wild hazels are often teeny tiny and mainly empty shells. To store good ones, pick and dry on trays. They mould if packed in bags.

5 - I find the web very good for info and advice.

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Welshcookie

Hazelnuts

Red squirrels, lucky, lucky you. I think I would sacrifice a whole tree full to see those.

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Yummy

Questions from the experts

I am not an expert at all with the garden I am afraid Sue, Just wanted to wish you all the best for your move. Will be a busy time for you with the kids going to a new school as well.

We have a little pocket book called "The "Pocket" Vegetable Expert" by Dr D G Hessayon. I think I picked it up when in the UK from the discount book shop (can't remember the name). It is basically a guide for beginners and tells you everything you need to know simply and without going into reams of explaination.

this link will help you find it, only £1.99 !!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pocket-Vegetable-Expert-D-Hessayon/dp/0903505576

Good Luck Yummy

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sandra

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Hope all goes well Sue !

Can't add much but would talk to your neighbours, if next door or a mile away you will get invaluable advice. Great thing about gardeners, quite happy to share their knowledge !

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Sue G

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Thanks for all the advice, will search the web for pruning tips, i am terrible for pruning, just chop everything off. Will start reading up on doing a good job.

Told hubby if we get the house i will go and chat up the old farmer, & get him to come over and advise.

Will look tomorrow for those books
thanks again

 
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