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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:37

Um.....I am sure your way works just fine for you Waterbutts  

I was taught by RHS that plum trees should be pruned June/July and even on this site it says the same thing....just saying


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:16

Smokin I have never double dug in my life. It destroys the soil structure.

I usually just roughly dig clay soil over and leave it to the weather.A rotovator will be easier than hand digging but same affect...ok probably better than hand digging...but just use over ground the once. The less you mess with the soil the better. Then leave nature to do the rest. The ice gets in and breaks it up but doesn't chop all the worms up. They will then come up through soil to get to manure thereby aerating and dragging it back down. 

Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 21:48

I don't chicky I just cut flower stalks and a bit below. I cut hard back in spring x


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 21:44
waterbutts wrote (see)

Sorry Addict RHS advice says " never prune plums in winter because of the risk of silver leaf disease."

Thats what I'm trying to say. Any pruning should be done no later than July or the break will not have healed up enough to get through the winter


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:35

Find yourself a good strong sturdy branch with a fork at the top and prop it for now as you see on old mulberrys etc in London. Then when you have your fruit and the weight is reduced try and tape it back together for now. It is the worst time to prune a plum. It will be open to infection by "silver leaf" if you do it now.,+August+funnies,+peach+tree+013.JPG




Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:05

Awww Smokin you're just not appreciated enough. I would love a handyman around to fix things, make good from old etc. Perhaps she was just having a bad day.  

Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:41

Put the augustus in the middle of your planters, they will be taller than the Munstead. Plant about a foot and a half apart for a nice thick hedge.

Because of our unpredictable weather I prune twice. Once when flowers finished to about an inch below flower stems, then again in spring around end of March beginning of April depending on weather....didn't this year as weather so appalling! Usually I cut then to new growth appearing at bottom of stems so pretty hard back.

I have a lavender hedge getting on for 12 years old now and still looking good 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:32




Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:29

Best to rotivate heavy clay soils in the winter to let the frost get at it. Once rotavated leave it to the cold to break it up more then just cover in manure/compost etc ready to dig in come the spring. Your back will thank you in the long run 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:21

Dig it up stick it in a pot and see what it turns into. Then if it is bamboo you won't have to wrestle it out of the ground.

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