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Seedy, tiny strawberries!

Posted: Yesterday at 17:41

If you want 'normal' sized strawberries, good ones I can vouch for include Cambridge Favourite (as old as the hills) and Elsanta.  Honeyoye is a bit earlier and heavy cropping and a decent late cropper is Florence, at least in the first 2 years.  I'm trying Mara des Bois as an 'everbearing' type but this is their first year and not much of a crop.

Which selection of fruit to grow?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:28

As far as the fruit trees go, the main thing to look for are ones on dwarfing rootstock as 2.1m isn't very high for the majority of free-standing trees.  A better solution might be to grow cordons or espaliers if you can construct a frame.  Many suppliers now stock 'patio' fruit trees which are meant to be grown in large containers but will have all of the attrributes required.  You are not going to get fruit from a new apple tree for at least a couple of years (well, you shouldn't let any fruit set in the first year at least to allow the roots to establish) and perhaps longer for the cherry and pear.  My cherry trees took 3 ot 4 years before they even started blossoming.

You can buy compact varieties of blackberry - have a look at Chris Bowers site.

Last edited: 20 August 2017 17:29:23

Is this a weed?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:46

Oxalis corniculata aka creeping wood sorrel.  It can become a real nuisance and is difficult to control, unfortunately.

Chaenomeles question

Posted: Yesterday at 14:14

I would give it a go as 30cm is a fair bit of soil as long as you use garden soil or JI #3, either mixed with some well-rotted manure.  You may have to water it often but you'd need to do so even more often in a pot, especially as it will be under the eaves.  They are fairly slow growers so it's not going to become rampant and require huge amounts of water.


Posted: Yesterday at 14:09

Hope so as they are cheap enough (£3.89 on ebay) but looks like some of the screws have 'torx' heads, so might cost a bit more for a torx screwdriver set if jbol doesn't have one.


Posted: Yesterday at 13:58

Drive belt?

Tomato varieties

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 19:05

Rose De Berne.  I've not grown that one but can recommend Pink Brandywine if you like a large pink beefsteak tomato.

Tomatoes just won't ripen

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 18:47

I think I can see some grey mould (Botrytis) on the truss stems - the tomatoes on the end of those may not ripen if they didn't mature enough before the stem was killed.

Look for this furry grey mould on other stems and cut affected parts off as it produces clouds of spores which will quickly affect other stems and leaves.

Last edited: 19 August 2017 18:47:47

Plant ID

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 13:29

It's a Persicaria - I think maybe the weedy one called Redshank.

Last edited: 19 August 2017 13:31:08

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 13:25

You have  reduce the size before you upload it, using a program on your computer or an app if on a phone.

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