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Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 09:43

Don't forget Blackmoor, I've had some great trees from them. 

I recently did a small orchard area near our stables, I got their special 3 pack of apples, with 1 cooker and 2 eaters, as well as a plum and pear. I already have 2 victoria so went for a mrjorie's seedling as i'd heard it recommended on gardeners Q time, Similarly i went for a beurre hardy based on the same recommendation. I already had a concorde so that will pollinate it. 

That's one of the main things to consider is if they are self fertile or not, as that makes a difference, for apples though you can generally stick a crab apple in as that'll pollinate most others. 

Mines on a slope too, so i made sure i put shorter trees at the top of the slope, and the less dwarfing ones at the bottom of the slope. I did this due to the sun direction so i didn';t have the tall ones at the top shading the smaller trees at the bottom. But that might not be appropriate for you. 


Dwarf Buddleia Buzz - how easy to buy?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 11:57

If you check your GW magazine regularly these are always on offer every year from T&M, usually as free plants just pay postage ie 3 for a fiver. They are actually pretty big plugs usually, and as buddleja are tough as old boots i would not worry so much about them being small, unlike the usually tiny perennials.  

Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:08

My wife constantly has me pulling the stuff out of our grazing field when she spots it.. it's also pretty hard to kill by the way, most home use weed killer like glyphosate doesn't touch it. 

Fairly easy to control though, it's more of a problem if it gets hold in an field it can be a nightmare to get rid of.




Rhubarb on allotment...

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 14:23

remember rhubarb should be pulled and not chopped off to harvest so it doesn't leave stuff to rot. Grab a stem low down and pull and twist and it should come away. 


As my grandad would say the more muck the better.. i manure around mine every winter.

Mysteriously beautiful plant!

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 14:13

Cucumber.. or possibly melon but probably cucumber as it's not as trailey as most melons.


my melon

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 19:29

The female flowers have a bulge at the base, where the male ones don't.


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 15:32

speaking of yellow and red, i got some Aquilegia Rhubarb and Custard seeds from suttons, really pretty little aquilegia. 

my melon

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:56

I grow mine in the greenhouse and let them scramble along the staging. You can also train them virtically but you'd need to make a supporting net for the melons if you do it that way. I tend to wait till there is 2 or 3 fruit on one plant then pinch out the tips further along to make sure the fruit develop nicely. 

 Also with melons i find they need a hand pollinating so i get a makeup brush and pollinate the female flowers by hand.





Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:50

Nut do they often come true? For me i have so many different colours/types that the seeds could end up absolutely anything.. If i want to give someone a specific type i find it better to just divide and give them a division.




Posted: 16/06/2014 at 10:26

So many people seem to have never tasted gooseberries. No idea why, when i was young i used to pick my granddads, and now grow my own. I've never understood why they shops never sell them either.. I assume it's because they are so easy to grow yourself that anyone who wants them just grows their own. 

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