Journal of a gardener 27/04/2017

How to grow an Acer tree

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Garden Journal 27/04/2017 

Acer Palmatum (common name Japanese Maples) cultivars are slow growing, and therefore small, deciduous trees. They are sought after for the stunning colours of their leaves, which make them a centre piece of the garden in spring & autumn.

Unlike many trees, Acers are perfect for growing in containers, although you can of course put them straight into the ground.
Light requirements vary according to the colour of the leaves.

The RHS recommends that red and purple leaved Acers are placed in a sunny spot to develop their hues, whilst green, white & pink leaves are better placed in dappled shade to avoid scorch.

Garden journalThe ideal soil for Acers is slightly acidic, sandy loam, which is well drained.

Do not despair though, as long as your soil is not acidic, very wet or very dry, the Acer should adapt as long as you give it a helping hand.

Break up and condition heavy soil, add bulk to very light soil and mulch.

Bear in mind when planting that as the roots of Acers are shallow, they don’t like too much competition from others plants.

If planting in a container John Innes is ideal.

You may need to wrap containers in the winter to protect the roots from the cold.

All acers like a sheltered spot out of the wind, which can burn their leaves, and if very strong can lead to misshapen growth.

Very little feeding or pruning is required, with any feeding done in the spring and pruning done in the autumn when the plant is dormant.

Journal of a gardener 05/04/2017

Blueberries are a source of vitamin K, vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants.

They can be eaten straight off the bush, cooked, even frozen.

All in all they are an excellent addition to the garden.

We are currently selling the ‘Berkeley’ blueberry at £11.99.

This is a vigorous, upright variety, which has white flowers from May to June and produces large, attractive fruit with a very good flavour in early August.

Green foliage turns red in the autumn before falling. 

It has an ultimate height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m

Blueberries prefer a sheltered spot, in full sun to part shade. The soil should be well drained and slightly acidic. Blueberries can be grown in a container (ideally 18 inches deep) filled with ericaceous compost, or be planted straight into the ground, providing it is sufficiently acidic (a p.H. 5.5 or lower).

Try to water with rainwater, rather than tap water, where possible

Before planting, water the pot and leave to drain. Prepare a hole large enough to avoid damaging the roots, and dig in moist compost or fertilizer (avoid manure, which is too alkaline) into the planting hole. Position the plant, fill with soil mixture, firm in and water well.