The Acer was 24€ which I thought was pretty good for an ‘ornamental’ of that size and is now planted out in my mini arboretum. But, yes, it would be very expensive if you wanted a large quantity. I have ordered 155 bare root hornbeam for a 60+m hedge which was 214€ from a pepinière in Normandy.
Very interesting to hear the good deals available if you can fork out larger amounts of dosh. I had grand ideas about filling my field with a mix of trees to regain a habitat that had long since disappeared. Two factors have blocked that dream. 1) Buying trees one or two at a time cost €20 to €50 is a long hard slog. 2) Most things I plant here die within 18 months.
SS, if you want to buy larger quantities of trees bare root (racine nue) is definitely the way to go and now is the time to be ordering. No need to order them by the hundred! If you can it is always best to keep them clear of weeds round the bottom while they establish and go for native varieties. Smaller specimens often ‘get their roots in’ and establish better than large ones. Check out Le Jardin des Gazelles website, you can buy smaller plants for under a euro.
I have ordered my trees from Naudet in Les Landes , they were the only one that has the quantity of the native species that I want to plant this year ( and deliver in the post ). I have been planting trees since I bought land .
If you can’t afford to ” fork out dosh” then you can either plant seeds or take cuttings and grow them before planting out . That is what I used to do , but to plant hedging , I wanted enough to do it in one go and don’t have the time to grow my own . I use home grown trees to plant in the hedging , douglas,oak and especially beech which is my favourite . They all grow in our garden from self-seeding . €1000 is a lot of money for us too , but better spend it on something worthwhile , we don’t go on holidays.
‘mum , that is a good price for the hornbeam , I planted a hornbeam hedge 20 years ago , now just have to keep it down !
They offer very good value and the quality of the plants is very good too. Last year we bought 50 yew, they were very generously sized compared with the listed size with excellent root systems. All 50 ‘took’ with no problems.
My favourite hedge is copper beech. We planted a copper beech hedge in the UK on New Year’s Day 2000 when most people were nursing hangovers from over celebrating the new millenium. They do tend to be a tad more expensive.
We get lots of seedlings of beech/birch/ash/oak and plant them around our boundaries. We get lots of sweet chestnut too but they are thugs!
We have two copper beech trees and two normal beech that are about 150/200 years old on our entrance drive , so we have piles of seedlings . In fact , they are pests and come up everywhere . I have planted out about 20 around the house and am now planning where the next ones will go . We have a lot of trees dying in our woods , probably not enough soil for their age , so will plant some there. I love beech woods. On land we bought 5 years ago there were two rows of old beech but they had been planted too close together and just left , I’m planning on thinning them out , but havn’t had the time yet . The chestnuts here are dying too.
When we planted the copper beech hedge in 2000 we had three left over which I potted up. They came with us and are now planted in the garden here and are doing really well. I love any deciduous woodland. We have a lot of conifer plantations around here, I know they are a crop but they just don’t ‘feel’ the same. There is a field next to us that is en friche , I would love to get my hands on it and use all our seedlings to create a new woodland. My husband thinks It’s a mad idea but you have to plant tree for the future.
When a man plants a tree he always expects to gain something from the tree in the form of fruits and shade. But when an old man plants a tree he knows well that he will not live see the plant grow up to bear fruits, or enjoy its shade, still he does it so that his future generation will be benefited by it. This unselfish behavior is a sign of the greatness of a society. ( or woman of course )
Onions and garlic planted.
Last tomatoes picked , but the plants are still flowering ! We ripen the tomatoes in closed boxes , works well , so this year fresh tomatoes into December . It gets later every year .
Peppers still going strong , lettuce and cabbage too .
Next is leaf and grass cutting mulch onto next years bean/pea plot .
Since it has been dry for a few days , I managed to cut /hoover half our grass/weed/moss yesterday afternoon . It wasn’t easy , a hard slog , but good productive exercise. The resulting mixture of chopped leaves and grass cuttings goes on our veg garden as a Winter mulch that will be weighed down by the wood ash from our wood stove ready for the legumes next Spring . It started raining while I finished , so just in time .
Still picking and eating broccoli, lettuce and cabbage from the tunnel , beetroot,carrots and lettuce from the garden
The tomatoes that we put in a box with a banana are ripening , so it looks like tomatoes well into December this season .I put in one of our green peppers that are still producing, to see if that will ripen too.
The days go too fast .
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