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do i need to nip sideshoots on baby toms ?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:12

Same with gardeners delight



Posted: 08/08/2013 at 10:30

Acid cherries like Morello flower & fruit predominantly on the previous year's growth so I think you may be pruning back a bit too hard. I would try just cutting out enough wood to avoid overcrowding in early summer, leaving the older shoots to develop. Maybe try this treatment with half the bush next year and pruning back as you have been on the other half to see if it improves. It might also be worth feeding with a high potassium feed to encourage fruiting rather than growth. There are proprietary fruit feeds available but you could use a tomato feed. 

Student needing feedback for class project! Please help! :D

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 20:29

Hi Liz,

I have a 240 litre waterbutt collecting rain water from my shed and green house. I've had it for around 15 years and never had any major problems. The tap broke after a couple of days but the retailer replaced it for me free of charge. It's got a lid so blockages are seldom a problem but easily cleared with an old bottle cleaning brush tied securely to a cane 

The best thing about it is that I don't have to carry a full watering can the length of the garden. The worst thing is that the flow is lower than mains pressure water so the watering can takes longer to fill. At the time I installed it we were charged for water usage based on the rateable value of the property (we are on a meter now)so I can't say what difference it made to the bill but there is obviously a saving being made.

Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 22:19

Hard to believe that this time last year they were already talking droughts and hosepipe bans.

Hybrid tea roses

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 22:15

I wonder if Jan is referring to the difference in pronunciation on GW on Friday? Monty referred to them (correctly) as hyBRID T while the gardener at Hever Castle sounded like he was calling them hyBRED T.

Plastic sprayers.

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:20

Same problem as everyone else so I have bought the cheapest available and treat them as disposable. A few years ago I bought a gadget at a garden show which you screw onto any empty plastic drink bottle to convert it to a sprayer. This is easier to clean if it clogs because it all unscrews for washing although I have noticed that it doesn't seem to clog as often as a conventional sprayer. The pressure is generated by a pump action so maybe the extra pressure forces through any air locks ot gunk.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 09:52

More of the same I'm afraid, it seems like I've seen it all a million times and, to me, the format is getting tired. Maybe they could include some items of topical gardening news as well as the usual garden visits/design/practicals. 

Looking forward to Beechgrove which I've heard a lot about but have never seen. Not sure how relevant some of it will be to gardeners down here on the Kentish Riviera though.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 09:34

Unless you have some way of sterilising the soil you are using as a base you risk importing all sorts of bugs and diseases if you make your own. Personally I stick to using shop bought compost for seeds and use garden compost as a soil conditioner. Most of the DIY barns and garden centres will have 3 for 2 or 3 for £10 deals to help keep costs down

Killing a lawn and starting again

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 10:08

Any glyphosate based weedkiller will kill all the existing growth without leaving any harmful residues. Your local garden centre or DIY barn is sure to have a selection.

The weedkiller will need warmer weather and for the plants to be actively growing in order to work so depending on where you live about another 4-6 weeks maybe? It will take about 2 weeks to work and might need another application but a good dig and removal of all remaining roots should take care of anything left.

By then it will be late April/early May which would be a good time to lay the new turf but make sure it is well watered through the summer.

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