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Which size tree?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 11:27
Rootstock choice
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Apples

Name of rootstock: M27 (extremely dwarfing)
Suitable for: Dwarf pyramids, spindlebush or stepovers, for small gardens where the soil is fertile
Start fruiting: After two years
Ultimate height as trained as bush: Plants reach 1.2-1.8m (4-6ft) x 1.5m (5ft)
Growing conditions: Good weed and grass free soil. Water plants during drought. Unsuitable on poor soil and for weak cultivars
Staking: Permanently
Spacing: 1.2-1.5 (4-5ft) apart with 1.8m (6ft) between rows

Name of rootstock: M9 (dwarfing)
Suitable for: Bush, pyramid, spindlebush, cordons; an excellent stock for small gardens
Start fruiting: After two or three years
Ultimate height as trained as bush: 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) x 2.7m (9ft)
Growing conditions: Good weed and grass free soil. Water plants during drought
Staking: Permanently
Spacing: 2.4-3m (8-10ft) apart with 3.6m (12ft) between rows

Name of rootstock: M26 (dwarfing)
Suitable for: Bush, pyramid, spindlebush, cordon, espalier and is ideal for containers
Start fruiting: After two or three years
Ultimate height as trained as bush: 2.4-3m (8-10ft) x 3.6m (12ft)
Growing conditions: Average soils including grassed orchards
Staking: Permanently
Spacing: 2.4-3.6m (8-12ft) with 4.5m (15ft) between rows

Name of rootstock: MM106 (semi-dwarfing)
Suitable for: All forms except standards
Start fruiting: After three or four years
Ultimate height as trained as bush: 3-4m (10-13ft) x 4m (13ft)
Growing conditions: Tolerant of a range of soils including grassed orchards and poor soils. The most widely used rootstock, but unsuitable for small gardens.
Staking: 5 years; longer in exposed locations
Spacing: 3.6 (12ft) with 4.5m (15ft) between the rows

Name of rootstock: MM111 (vigorous)
Suitable for: standards and half standards
Start fruiting: After four or five years 
Ultimate height as trained as bush: 4-4.5 (13-15ft) x 4.5 (15ft) less on light soils
Growing conditions: Suitable for most soils including orchards in grass and on poor soils
Staking: Staking is not necessary if planted as a one year old but those planted as 2-3 year old trees need staking for the first 3 years
Spacing: 4.5m (15ft) apart with 6m (20ft) between rows

Name of rootstock: M25 (very vigorous)
Suitable for: Standards
Start fruiting: After five or six years
Ultimate height as trained as bush: +4.5 (15ft) x 6m (20ft)
Growing conditions: Most soils including orchards in grass and on poor soils. They are too vigorous for most gardens except where the soil is poor
Staking: Staking is not necessary if planted as a one year old but those planted as two- or three-year-old trees need staking for the first 3 years
Spacing: 6m (20ft)

Pruning/cutting a 50yr apple tree

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 11:14

Hi Harras, just a guide it might help, here in Norfolk the council altered a housing plan to accommodate an existing BAT PATH, perhaps if you have a route they often use as most bats do have, then they usually gets a fair looking after, in Nottingham one thats about 100 yards wide runs straight into the city along an old railway cutting from the Bulwell area it has stopped road widening for years.       good luck,

60cm Plant Pot (For Apple Trees)

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 10:59

And dont forget your local auctions most of them have gardening stuff ,weve had lots of tools,pots etc all cheap, most people think of paintings and all that but the basic auctions have loads of gardening stuff to bid for and great fun too. 

Managing a laurel hedge around a boundary wall

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 10:05

Hi Malcb ,thats a nice hedge,we have loads of it so we are very mindfull of March 1st to July 31st  ish for the birds breading season as around here im told they love nesting in the middle of  Laurel, because we have so much we use electric trimmer and its ok, keeping people from sitting on your wall is a very good idea and it looks really nice,good luck

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 09:01

HIYA Bob, nice one ,forward planning as well , hot bed ,propagater and a work bench ,we,ll be seeing you in the Dragons den soon, thanks for the pics and info really good,and soon as i can im wanting one of them for all my planned cuttings, cheers Bob 

YORKSHIRE PUDDING … .. …… .

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:59

Brum roast spuds next  my favourite whats best spud and best way

YORKSHIRE PUDDING … .. …… .

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 15:49

i know you will hate me for this but once you have the mix right u can start doing your own tastes, i even do a mild curry tasting one for a change,mi dad loved it wijam

YORKSHIRE PUDDING … .. …… .

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 13:11

My sister ( Chef )came for xmas and told  me how Yorkshires are done and she was so right it works every single time easy ,1, break the required amount of eggs into  a pint measure. 2  copy that EXACT amount with milk then the same with plain flour  (roughly 1 medium egg per person) you all know the rest, ITS THAT SIMPLE, NOT the weight, the measure up the glass of the ingredients,

 

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 12:52

cheers for all that info ,im onto it 

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:27

i do not remember people actually telling other people to stop a discussion  on this site before, its always been tolerant and open, if these people dont want to discuss it why are they still commenting ,just read some other post please as some of us are simply trying to solve a problem that cat owners are causing  other innocent non cat owners, its due to people talking about problems such as the dog problem we used to have that has finally almost been sorted and im sure the dogs that are not left out all day on the streets  as lots used to be are very greatfull for the improvements we now have.

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