Large Conifer Tree – Green Thumb Sunday

We have a beautiful large conifer tree that stands tall and proud at the front of our farmhouse. It is a magnificent tree but unfortunately it was planted quite close to the house and the roots are too close to the pipes that run from the house to the septic tank. This beloved old tree may have to be removed at some point, but whilst it still lives in my garden I intend to admire it all I can.

Do you have a plant or tree that is planted in the wrong place and will have to be moved?

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Bay Tree Problems

My bay tree has not been looking very good recently and I wondered what I should do.

Bay Tree

Bay Tree

Then I remembered that TopVeg was running a herb event, so as part of TopVeg’s herb day event last week, I contacted TopVeg via skype for an online consultation.

TopVeg listened to the problems I had with my bay tree;

  • Some leaves are green and have black spots.
  • Some leaves are yellowing with black spots.
  • Some leaves are partially brown or completely brown.
  • Some leaves are dropping off.

Yellowing bay Leaf with black spots

Yellowing bay Leaf with black spots

Browning bay leaf

Browning bay leaf

Bay leaf with black spots

Bay leaf with black spots

I have followed the advice given by TopVeg and hope to see a flourishing bay tree next year.

I was thrilled that TopVeg asked if they could record the online consultation so if you would like to hear the bay tree podcast then click on this link. Bay Tree Podcast.

If you have a vegetable or herb gardening question then contact TopVeg and if you’re feeling adventurous then you can book your online consultation and feature in a TopVeg podcast.

Farmingfriends and TopVeg have collaborated together to write an eBook entitled How To Grow Herbs for Cooking.


Yeo Valley Free Tree Offer

For anyone who doesn’t know, Yeo Valley Organic is a brand of natural bio live yogurt. When I don’t have time to make my own yogurt I normally buy Yeo Valley yogurt. It is live yogurt so I can make my own from it if I do have time, it has a good taste – not too sweet and not too sour! and it states on the carton that it only contains milk’s naturally occuring sugar, so it must be healthier for you.

I was pleased to read on the carton that Yeo Valley is currently supporting Woodland Trust with it’s free tree offer to “help plant a better future!” The offer is giving Yeo valley yogurt eaters and milk drinkers the chance to collect their tree tokens and then have the chance to claim up to 2 trees for free. One tree requires 5 tokens and two trees require 8 tokens. There is even a choice of tree. Lucky token collectors can choose from the following trees;

  • Hazel,
  • Silver Birch,
  • Rowan,
  • Hawthorn,
  • Wild Cherry.

The trees will be delivered either within 28 days or in September which is an ideal time for planting trees.

I certainly want to take advantage of this great offer and already have two tokens. I will be rushing out to buy more yogurt soon – my yogurt making efforts can be put on hold for a few weeks whilst I collect the tree tokens for this worthy offer.

If you are worried about what to do with all those plastic yogurt cartons, then put them to good use and utilise them in the garden for planting vegetable seedings. Great advice given to me by Top Veg.

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Growing Poplar Trees

Two years ago my husband took some cuttings from a poplar tree and placed them in my vegetable garden to see if they would grow. I wasn’t very happy when I found out where he had planted them as the cuttings were taking up valuable vegetable planting land. However, two years on the cuttings are thriving small trees.

Poplar Trees

One advantage to the poplar tree is that it is a fast growing tree which Dr D.G Hessayon (The Tree And Shrub Expert) says can reach heights of “80ft in less than 20 years.”

We aim to use our poplar cuttings to restock our hedgerows where gaps have appeared and old trees have died naturally. This has both environmental and wildlife benefits. Growing the poplar trees will also help our goal to be more self sufficient because in the future we will be able to use some of our poplar trees for fire wood, knowing that we have a system of replacing the trees that we use for our own heating needs.

Fire Wood