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Apples

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 00:24

Apples are only indigenous to central asia, but I know what you mean.  There are lots of varieties that are traditionally grown in Yorkshire.  This is probably just what you are looking for:

http://www.northernfruitgroup.com/yorkshireapples.htm

 

Talkback: How to grow celeriac

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 22:06

I still have about a dozen celeriac growing, artjak.  They do need a long season - with the late start last year the roots weren't big enough to pull until Christmas!  I'm going to start them off a bit earlier this year, weather permitting..  I'll pull one or two this weekend and post photo's.  They are lovely roasted but an absolute pain to prepare - the useful part of the root is completely covered in small roots which, in my clay soil, really hold on to the soil so cleaning is more like slicing through the roots/mud until the 'outer heart' is reached.  Not a lot was left after that in my case!  They seemed to grow completely pest-free though!

What the heck is this?

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:34

Slice one of the tubers open and smell it.  If it looks like potato and smells like potato..  They can grow into some very odd shapes:

http://timesleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?avis=TL&date=20090930&category=news&lopenr=309309997&Ref=AR

 

Heated propagators

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:38

Agree with nut - I always remove seedings from propagators as soon as they've germinated, or sometimes just remove the cover first for a day or two first before removing them.  If you don't do that they'll get leggy very quickly and won't make good plants.  You do need to put them somewhere with plenty of natural light and where it won't get below about 10C (not below 15C would be better for chillies I believe.)

Dahlia Tuber

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 23:18

Dahlias are one of the most promiscuous of cross-pollinators and you never really know what you will get from seed saved from ones grown in your garden.  The clue is probably in the name: "variabilis"!   There are literally thousands of scientific papers on the subject of their genetics.

Best thing to do is to sow lots then wait for them to flower and remove those you don't like.  If you get one or two you really like and want to multiply, then lift the tubers over winter, start them off in a deep tray the next spring and keep cutting and propagating the new shoots, all of which will grow into identical plants to the 'mother' tuber.

wine

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 18:58

I know you said not a book, but if you have one penny to spare, look on amazon uk for "The Boots Book of Home Wine Making and Brewing" and read the reviews.

Mulch question

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 18:46

Ivyhouse, it always much better to compost shreddings before using as a mulch because uncomposted material will take nitrogen from the soil as it decomposes.  You could always add extra nitrate by use of fertilizers to replace it though.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:23

Bee, I think no-one can call anything 'champagne' any more unless it's from that area of France.  "Sparkling gooseberry wine" finds a supplier via google - now sold out but making more soon!  

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:04

£2.99 delivery for that 25kg I mentioned via amazon, Verd.

composting

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:44

That's the internet for you Dove!   

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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