BobTheGardener


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Pruning very old apple tree

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 16:16

I agree and would also remove that lower left trunk, and the large branch about 3-4 foot up the straight trunk which also looks as though it is overhanging the lawn.  After that I would leave it alone and have another look next winter.  You shouldn't get water shoots forming from such major surgery but if you do, pull them off as soon as you see them.  If you go for it, make the cuts just above the collar - excellent example here:


https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-trim-large-tree-branches/

Winter soft fruit pruning

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 14:42

Hi all, I've just cut my Polka autumn fruiting raspberries to the ground and have pruned off the low hanging and crossing branches of the gooseberry bushes. I'm leaving the old leaves on the strawberries for now to give the crowns a bit of protection as we're likely to get more freezing weather and snow at some point.  Also added well rotted farmyard manure to the raspberry bed and around the rhubarb which is just starting to grow (I meant to do that in the autumn!)  Lots of weeding as I went, too (blummin willowherb appearing everywhere!)


Has anyone else been busy?

Salad Crisis

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 12:49

http://www.thelocal.es/20170116/spain-prepares-for-the-big-freeze-as-siberian-winter-approaches


Which is where most of our winter salads are grown.

Unidentified plant

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 12:46

Poppy seeds can last decades in the soil so they could be some of the original seeds which only decided to germinate last autumn.  That is probably the best time to sow them as it is when the plants naturally drop their seed.

Unidentified plant

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 11:47

Poppies of some type, Andy.

Rainwater pipe greenhouse

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 19:11

That should work Jason.  Use silicone sealant to fill any gap between the 32mm and 40mm pipe.  You could hold everything temporarily in place using duct tape etc while the sealant sets and then remove it - silicone sealant is very strong once set.

A bit of Spring

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 18:50

Saw the some winter aconites in bloom this morning while walking to work.  Signs that Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner.

Topsoil, compost, etc

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 18:32

I have no transport so all bought online.  I stick to stuff available from Wickes (own brand MPC plus various Westland products.)  30-60 bags at a time to make the most of the delivery charges.

Roof Shading for Greenhouse?

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 23:11

Hi CW, I have a 10x8 in the same orientation and only needed to shade the West side.  Since then a 'family' dwarf apple tree planted directly to the south has grown tall enough to provide shade in the height of summer so no need now.  Ventilation is probably more important - the more automatic roof vents and louvres you can get/afford, the better.

Last edited: 31 January 2017 23:11:59

How can we improve drainage & prevent a bog (photos)

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 15:18

It could be that your soil is simply compacted and that's causing surface water to be slow to drain.  Your soil doesn't look like particularly bad stuff to me.  Rotovating it, especially if you add grit etc. will improve drainage and perhaps enough for your needs.  Mixing in mushroom compost would also help with the soil structure and the lime helps break down clay.  If it doesn't work, you have still improved your soil.  Hard work but not too expensive to try.  Alternatively, consider building raised beds around some or all of the perimeter and fill with those with soil extracted from the centre.  You could then lay a thick layer of hardcore or gravel for lawn drainage and cover with 15cm of topsoil to lay the turf on.

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Some kind of mint?

 
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