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Adam Rubinstein, My Garden (LA8)

Styles: English cottage, Organic, Rural

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Pond/In water

Soil pH: Acid

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Exposure: Exposed

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

Small, South facing, cottage garden with stream opening onto three quarter acre paddock with copse, orchard, fruiting hedge, wildlife pond, soft fruit, raised vegetable beds and meadow. Ex sheep dip being developed into out buildings to enclose a small South facing courtyard that will be shaded by two old Yew trees.

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Adam Rubinstein

Adam Rubinstein

About me
I'm a southerner but have lived in Cumbria for nearly 25 years and love it here. My partner, Angie (also a homeopath), and I run a small business - healthlines.co.uk specialising in Flower Essences and supplying natural health practitioners as well as the general public. We were very lucky to find out home 11 years ago with .75 acre paddock and a very small garden. The paddock is my domain and I decided not to turn it into a garden but to have a small copse, orchard with fruiting hedge windbreak raised veg beds wildlife pond and keep about half of it as meadow. We live with our cat - Rubi who may have sneaked into one or two of the photos.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
When we moved here the previous owners had no interest in gardening, the paddock was just grass for silage and the garden was weedkilled and put to lawn with a narrow strip of bed on each side. There was a stream piped under the garden about 15" down and I decided this was too good a feature to waste but it was too deep to be practical. After digging down to the length of 10" pipe I removed it and created a concrete sump to raise the level. It now winds the short distance across the garden an a stone bed (we're on clay) making a wetland bed on either side as well as a constant tinkling throughout the year (more a rushing in winter but that's great too). I also added a dipping pool where I installed a boat bilge pump running off a 12v battery charged by a small solar panel. this runs the watering system for the raised vegetable beds saving me hours when it stops raining.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Apple canker. We planted about 12 trees in 2000 and I've lost many from canker. Replaced them this year after a grafting day run by the South Lakeland Orchard Group but because of the prevailing climate (wet and windy at 750 ft), I know I'll never get rid of the canker. My neighbour Kenny - a farmer - strongly advised me not to plant rowans in the copse providing shelter to the East of the orchard because they spread disease (Oh yeah I thought and ignored him) but I've since had to take them out as they were so badly hit. I've changed the grass regime from scything (too hard) to strimming but decided that spraying mashed up wet grass all over the place was probably not helping the canker problem so I now mow with a rotary mower. It's just about finding ways to minimise the conditions that the canker will like.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Courtyard created by new outbuildings next to the house. I'm so excited!

Adam Rubinstein's forum posts

roots don't like being disturbed
Wed. 9th September 2009 23:10

Broad beans in Cumbria
Wed. 9th September 2009 23:03

potatoes in tyres are very demanding
Wed. 9th September 2009 22:43

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