Latest posts by AndytheScientist

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. 


Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 10:36

Curses.. After this thread, and reading James Wongs new book i've cracked and got some more tree

Got myself a Fig for a pot, and a Mirabelle and Pluot for the garden.. I think i may be at my limit for fruit trees now! (unless i can steal some of our paddock for another orchard!)

Brunnera macrophyla 'Jack Frost'.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 09:49

Yeah the first few leaves that come up are usually very small i think this is normal, at least it happens for both of mine.,

Help, I'm young and completely clueless.

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:44

Find a good garden centre and visit it regularly throughout the year, what you will find is that at any specific time of year they will be promoting those plants which provide colour and look their best. Therefore rather than doing one visit and buying lots of stuff, visit every month or so and buy smaller amounts. That way you will end up with colour/interest all year round.

The other bonus of doing things slowly is that you can correctly space stuff. An easy pitfall to fall into is to cram too much stuff in too close together. Which when it grows it becomes too crowded. It's easy to do this as we naturally want things not to look too sparse, but sparse is good when starting out.


Lawn treatment

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 10:32

It's way to early to be applying weed and feed. I'd say you have at least a month before you have to worry about it. They usually say apply from april, but not sure where you are but up in the north east the weeds are never growing vigorously till may really and i usually get much better results by applying it then. 

Most weed/feeds work by over fertilising the weeds, so they grow more foliage than their roots can sustain and they just die. So if you apply them too soon the weed part isn't effective.

Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 08:11

From what i understand, all crab apples are universal pollinators. It's basically all about the blossom time, and crab apples usually have a much longer period in blossom than most edible varieties, hence they will be in blossom at the same time as all the traditional apple "groups". 

I think they main varieties of crab apple are red sentinel and golden hornet, depending if you want red/yellow fruits. 


Holes/burrows in new allotment?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 10:43

Looks like my lawn lol.. I had loads of moles last year, and managed to keep them out this year with lots of mole bulbs, but instead i've been infested with voles instead this year.. hey ho comes with living in the country.. At least i've seen a weasel knocking around so hopefully it'll eat some of the voles, as the kestral clearly isn't doing it's job!

Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 08:08

The only thing i'd say is that the braeburn is a group 3, and the bountiful is group 4 so they won't really pollinate each other. You may want to also stick a crab apple in to pollinate them both. 

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