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Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 14:07

We have M. John Downie which produces a good crop. Or. M Profusion looks to be a good cropper too.

Our Crab apples frequently are attacked by Apple scab (don't spray), but they still make a good jelly. All we do is remove the stalks, then boil up the fruit with a little water. Put the pulp through a cloth and use 1 pint of liquid to a pound of sugar. The scab makes no difference to the taste.

Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 15:22

Well, we have over 60, 80 litre bags of shredded stuff to go on as soon as the soil is wet. All I do is sprinkle Bonemeal on the soil before  using the shreddings as mulch. Been doing that for years and there has been no trouble with nitrogen loss that I can see.

alpine invasion

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 15:20

We have a similar Oxalis with white flowers, but the leaves tend to be reddish rather than green. Weedkiller does work, eventually.

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:14

The reason for cutting it back is because it flowers on new growth, so you remove the old to force it into making new. You don't actually have to, if left it would still flower, but at the top of the plant. C. Lloyd used to grow two of this type of Clematis together. One he pruned down and one he left. That way he got a tall Clematis with flowers all the way up the plant.

As to timing, it is done in February as that is a cold month, so the plant does not start to grow too early and have the new tender growth damaged. Not that it matters, we often do ours in November, just to keep the garden tidy. Later than February though is leaving it a bit short of time to grow. Though again, I have been know to forget and not prune ours back until the middle of March. It flowered the same as ever, just a bit later.

Veg trig

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:56

If your birds do not come and eat the grubs for you, you can spread the compost out thinly on concrete and then go over it with one of those Flame Gun Weed killing things. Or, if you have a steam paper stripper, that will work too. Sterilises the compost nicely so that it can be used as Dove says.

shrub identity?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 17:44

That's why I put the question mark.

Could well be Prunus pisifera nigra.

shrub identity?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:48

Weigela?

heuchara problem

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 21:15

Does not matter if there is no root, treat the pieces left as you would unrooted cuttings and they often will grow away. I have done this in the past to propagate Heuchera.

Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:28

The moles redistribute bulbs all the time in this garden. They (and the moles) seem to survive. If you are going to move them, then the sooner the better, before they really start growing again.

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