- I've started reading Martin Crawford's forest garden book and now I'm starting to feel like I shouldn't do any planting until autumn comes back around. I'm quite disappointed about this as I haven't done anything to the garden for a year and was looking forward to getting on with it this spring and summer. Is it possible to do planting in spring and summer or is it a definite no? I'm mostly talking about planting trees and shrubs, although I need to get ready to plant the herbacious perennials, too. I haven't finished reading the book yet, but I'm starting to think that all I can do before autumn is sheet-mulch the grass in my garden! Well, that's not entirely true, as I'd like to dig the pond while the weather's good.
- Does anyone know where there are lists of coppice suppliers in the UK? I want to find a local coppice supplier, and preferably one which makes garden structures out of the whips. I'm still at the early stage of designing the garden and am looking for ideas about what can be made with coppiced wood. There are loads of photos on the internet, but I'd rather find some local suppliers so that the wood doesn't need to be transported across the country.
Planting trees really is best as bare root in autumn / winter. It's too late now I think. You can definitely get started mulching, but also could put in shrubs that don't mind the sun as well as shade. It's a bit backwards, but many things can be moved anyway if you want to later. If you are willing to water then you can start lots of things in pots and plant out later. Certainly if you are growing from seed then it's probably more successful to start in pots anyway.