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Talkback: How to plant a fruit tree

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:43

Planting two different varieties would be better.  A single tree will still provide fruit but a second tree of a different variety grown nearby will improve pollination and increase the crop of both.

Wood stove ashes.

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:38

Hi eddie, Wood ash is slightly alkaline so best not used near acid-loving plants such as the rhododendron family or blueberries.  As long as the ash is from burnt logs etc (ie not painted or wood treated with a preservative) then it can be used on the garden when sprinkled sparingly around and will provide some useful nutrients.  You can also add it to compost heaps but, again, don't create really thick layers and mix it in well.

Growing Potatoes

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:03

It will never hurt and may be of benefit.  It is also a good way to ensure your tubers stay healthy until planting time.  Leaving them in the bag anywhere warm is a recipe for disaster, so if you have a unheated but frost-free area with plenty of light there is no real reason not to chit them.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 18:37

Dave, I think biofreak is talking about walk-in polytunnels.  It's unfortunate that both things are commonly referred to by the same name.

Biofreak (and anyone else contemplating buying one), check that replacement covers are available before you buy a particular brand of polytunnel.  However, there's a fair chance that a cover for a different make of the same tunnel size will fit reasonably well but no guarantee.

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:34

The better the drainage on the lawn, the less likely you are to see worms casts.  The worms do this to help aerate their tunnels to prevent themselves from drowning but don't need to do that in well drained soil. 

What type of peas.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:31

If you like mange tout (aka snap peas, sugar peas) where you eat the whole pod, you grow them just like ordinary peas but the crop is quite a lot better, mainly because you do eat the whole thing.


Posted: 16/02/2014 at 15:38

Lovely day here and made the most of it.  Pruned the last of the clematis, cut the buddleia back hard, removed a lot of flowers stems which had carried seeds for the birds over winter, cut back the herbaceous peony leaves, moved a few young aquilegia from their nursery bed and did a bit of weeding.  Also did some pottering at last and noticed the delphiniums are through and about 2-4" tall - no sign of them last weekend so put some slug pellets down under raised slates near them.  Lots of snowdrops out, some daff about to bloom and zillions of other bulbs poking their little noses through.  

Also did a bit of planning - accidentally bought too many raspberry canes which came last week so decided they would replace the lavender by the path to the GH. That lavender is looking very, very sad - not a good winter for them in my clay soil.

The path to the GH is now almost completely bordered by soft fruit, so the journey will no doubt be a rather interrupted one later this year!  

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 22:54

That's the ideal, Mike.  However, some soils don't warm up fast enough to give a long enough growing season for some crops, so the choice is to either give nature a helping hand or not grow certain crops and I would miss the onions!

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 22:45

Setton for whites and red baron for reds, scroggin.  Both do well here but the reds do seem a bit slower to get going - I always start more than I need so the weakest don't make it to the beds.

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:09

Builders buckets are fine - I use those myself and also smaller 10" pots.  Do remember to drill a few holes in the bottom of the buckets though!

PS, I line the inside of all of my wooden planters with woven plastic ground control fabric which lets the soil breath and drain but prevents the soil from actually touching the wood.  Seems to help.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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