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Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:53

Be warned it'll be a long time before you can plant them out as a hedge! 

I think i got these 2 summers ago, it took a good year of potting on and wintering in the greenhouse to get them to the point where they could be planted out. 

Good if you have the time, and facilities to bring them on.

When does cherry blossom?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 09:35

my stella cherry is still way off flowering, in the NE. It'll most likely be may before it flowers.

My plums are just starting now.

Online plant ordering

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 12:02

With the usual catalogue companies the plants are always very small, even for things like shrubs etc they will be tiny rooted cuttings or whatever. If you have the time and energy (and equipment) to bring them on then they can be ok.

For fruit however the big suppliers like blackmoor etc are generally excellent.

Garden Moles

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:50

I think alot of stuff actually works. But what usually happens is you use the method, the moles don't come back next season then you think job done and get lazy so they come back a year or so later.

For example i had really bad moles the winter before last (we live in the country and the fields are full of moles). So this year i tried the bulb method, rather than paying a premium for "mole bulbs" i bought some Allium Moly which the same, as well as some siberian squills. Planted them every meter in the lawn round the garden. 

 The result, no moles, they stayed on the other side of the fence in the field and didn't encroach into the garden. 

So can i relax? Probably not, the bulbs will die because they will be mown down during grass cutting, so at most they will last a season or 2. So i'll most likely be repeating the process this autumn before they come back again, as clearly the bulbs worked, but will need repeating every year.

The same i imagine would be for a secret solution, like naptha, or castor oil etc, they will most likely move the moles off that season but will need repeating every year, assuming the moles are still in the generally area.


Now i just need to work out how to get rid of the voles that have moved into the old mole tunnels lol....

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:36

The garden was stuffed full of butterflys with the 18 degree weather this weekend in the north east, even here at 150M, where spring is usually a good week or 2 behind (daffs have only just come out!).

Just built a green house.

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 08:46

Most cucumbers are sown april/may so plenty of time for those. 

Personally I grow, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Chillis, Melons and i have a grape vine too. 

As per bob, if you don't have time to get seed in and sow it, then most garden centres will be selling small plants of most things you would want to grow. 

Planting out courgette

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 08:34

yeah not even sown mine either, looking at my sowing plan i have them penciled in for sowing late april, early may here in the north east. Even then that would be sown in my greenhouse and probably planted out end may.

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 08:32

Another option for berries would be a cotoneaster, we've got  cotoneaster franchetii hedge, evergreen, with winter berries, doesn't grow very fast so does not seem to need to much attention. However it's not going to make a neatly trimmed hedge, it's more of a informal hedge plant.


We bought cell grown plants about 3 years ago and it's now about 4 ft tall and really starting to come together. 


Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:08
Your friend its right, figs need to have their roots constrained or they just keep producing vegetative growth and no fruit. If you want to plant it out make a fig pit. Or sunk a large pot in the ground maybe.

aquilegia new disease

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:48

I love aquilegia, so hopefully it's limited to a small area. Non of mine show any signs of the disease this year. I guess this is the danger of having so called national collections, if  disease does get a hold it'll run riot. Meanwhile the risk of actually introducing a new disease is more likely as those who run these collections will constantly be bringing new plants in to add to the collection.

I always assume they quarantine new plants in some way, but when you are talking about air born spores etc it must be very hard to effectively quarantine new plants. 


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