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Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:20

Hi Richard, if you go to the RHS the info is really easy to follow ,just one thing is after you have planted its a good idea to leave the first years crop to die back into the crown to give it a better start and rhubarb loves the cold it comes from Siberia originally,raised beds are great and if your near the coast surround the crowns with seaweed as slugs and snails love to dine out on them but dont like seaweed,if not them maybe pellets will do   Good luck Rich,,        

solar or not

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:09

Hi all,thank you very much for all your help,and Mrst12 that was very interesting,iv looked at the future forecasts for gas prices and they are just not real, so im having a Good look at solar,thanks again  for all the help.

new or old

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 10:15

Morning all iv been talking with Stevep5b and Bob the G and a few others who are helping,we both have an old Apple tree and trying to sort it out the best way poss, Im wondering if I dont go down the road of third pruning and decide to  cut and burn then plant a Bramley seedling , just how close to the original roots can i plant,Im not sure how long old roots take to rot , or would they be a hindrance for the new one,or do they stop taking in water quickly and die. I have no experience of doing this before so help if poss, The reason i want to plant close to the old one is obviously in that part of the garden im short of room,and i cant dig the roots out due to an op a short time ago so lazy im not , so thats the prob at the moment any help is good  Many thanks from dull Norfolk

Apple tree problems

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 10:03

Steve ,good morning ,iv been thinking about the prob,if a tree needs to be regenerated by a third at a time pruning to be safe,, then the time and work im thinking could be spent on cut the tree and give away or burn the wood,then invest around £20 ( mine was £21:50 ) form the nursery ) for a Bramley Seedling perhaps and start again afresh,  im not sure how close a new tree can be planted to the old roots but i,ll ask a new Q ,someone will know, Im not sure which way to go yet but my neighbor has an open fire so that's a start anyway so ok good luck all ....bit dull erein Norfolk

solar or not

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:05

I know its not gardening But has anybody any first hand info of Solar panels,our bungalow is the perfect position for them but are they any good or not ,i know everybody has there own ideas on it but i dont actually know anybody to ask that has looked into it properly.iv been ages on the net and im no  wiser at all,if no one  has me and Kate are going Carroll singing early but only if they have panels on the roof .

Help Please if poss  Alan4711

Her Poor knees

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:45

Many thanks Artjak and Frank im avin a look cheers, Alan

Her Poor knees

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:40

were getting there i think

Major pruning of fig tree.

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:38

Hi Cat, i found the chap who explained how to start the Figs off and did all the pruning,very interesting and it  was explained very well even I got it,im really looking forward to seeing the fig naked so i can plan the future height and width,i really need to bring it down to an easier height to crop and prune, i found out this year im allergict to Fig sap so gloves it is.,I also had a hearing test last week and now im having a brain MRI  due to the results ,never rains but it wotsits ,so your not on your own,  Right good luck with the Figs,and the fig steeler,and the Opall this sunshine

Apple tree problems

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:22

Morning Steve, I also have a similar prob and it seems we need to know what kind of tree it actually is so we can do the right kind of clean up, All new to me but i read it matters as some apples trees give fruit on there tips and some along the branches and some it seems both,now that really helps us,Right i,ll be reading and asking more,so good luck and also im giving Fish blood and bone in March/April and 2 table spoons of potash in a bucket of water,this did work on my Fig tree i inherited ,old and never fruited i trimmed and potashed it and presto loads of fruit this year so it does work, Av a good day mate ,Sunny here in Norfolk folks

Apple tree problems

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 20:14

Hi Steve,i notice you have lichen growing on the tree, im told this shows good clean air so thats a good start,I would do as the Royal Hort suggests on this. also the tree might want a kick start to healthy apples look at the Royal Hort pruning neglected apple trees advise.It would perhaps be a third prune at a time type of thing. good luck 




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