Planting trees for lasting results takes a bit of effort... usually a 3-4 year old fruit tree will thrive in 2-3 foot deep hole with a mix of earth and compost or rotted manure. Then mulch with carpet or sawdust.
Grafting apple branches on crabapple trees can have wonderful results. Try using a pencil sharpener on the branch, drill a hole of about 1-1.5 cm deep, fill with grafting glue and stick it in.
Hippophae Salicifolia is this months 'guerrilla tree'..
Green manures are plants grown to fertilise and create soil the lazy way. Rake the soil surface, removing big rocks and other non organic material, spread seeds liberally, rake lightly again, water or wait for the rain. The ground will slowly start living again, and with a bit of luck plants will reseed and build up earth by themselves over time.
Have a look at the list of which plants can be used, but the cheap and easy way to do it is to buy mustard seeds from your local corner shop.
Comfrey can be found around, especially near canals. Dig out bits of roots and put them everywhere. It grows extremely fast, spreads and is exellent in compost.
Turf, easily found from your office
block garden, it is often precut for you, but if not, cut strips of
about 40cm wide with a spade and roll them up. Place them anywhere more
useful and it should survive if there is a bit of earth beneath it.
Weeds are great, leave them unless they are too invasive, or hack them down to build beds or compost. Find out what they tell you about your soil.
How to get them ready?
Sow direct onto the soil, with a bit of compost if the soil is poor, then water and let nature do the rest.
Alternatively, grow plants in trays - probably the best way of doing it as you waste less seeds, grow stuff earlier in the season, and raise stronger plants...
|Use trays like the one pictured left or make your own using cut tubing 3-4cm diameter and 5-10 cm long, glued together in a beehive pattern. Each flat could be a little smaller than the size of your rucksack. Fill with compost to the top and put 2 or 3 seeds in each cell (more if the seed packet is old), between 2mm and 1cm deep depending on the size of the seed. For larger plants make degradable paper pots.
Where to plant?
your plant like sun or shade. Fruit or tropical plants enjoy full exposure,
as opposed to strawberries, wild garlic or lettuces and other greens who
do better next to or beneath other plants.
How to transport?
Bag up roots of trees, keep exposure to the air as low as possible. Place your flats in cardboard boxes and cut the bottom of plastic bottles to place on top of your pots ( if you have to move the leaves around to fit them in, remember most plants prefer having their leaves turned upwards). Cellotape it alltogether for transportation.
Thanks to the plasterers in manchester for the studio space @ the plastering company