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Posted: 28/04/2014 at 18:55

Nip the old flower heads off to stop them wasting energy trying to produce seed, then when the leaves start turning yellow they are no longer feeding the bulb for next year so remove them to prevent a disease called 'tulip fire'.


New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 21:21

Trying sweet potatoes from supplied plants in the polytunnel this year.  They are supposed to have been bred for growing in the UK, but I'll not be convinced until they are on the plate!  Also 'yard-long' beans - tried these outside before but the bad summer we had in 2012 resulted in disaster so polytunnel for those too.

Pruning plum tree

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:45

I agree with chicky - don't prune it yet.  In the summer you should cut off (flush with the trunk) at least all of the lower branches circled in red:

If it were my tree, I'd also remove the branches circled in blue:

I'd also tie it to a stake using tree ties and try to train it into a more upright shape, but that could be difficult.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:23

Funny you should ask as I did that very thing about 2 hours ago!  My sedum gets far too tall (80cm) and flops over other plants making a mess, so after reading about using the 'Chelsea chop' on sedums last year (in this very forum) I decided to give it a go today as it was already 40cm high and looking as though it was going for the full metre this year!  I don't think it will do any harm doing it a few weeks early, especially given the mild Winter and so early start it got this year.  

Anyone planted out their sweet pea seedlings?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:19

Just planted a dozen 'Blue Velvet' out in a largish container (60cm dia, 40cm deep) with mixed garden soil & MP compost.  Pinched out a month ago and now bushy and about 20cm tall.  I love blue sweet peas!

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:10

I agree with Beech.  When kept trimmed back like that they hold the dead leaves over Winter which makes them a useful deciduous hedging tree which still provides privacy.  There are a couple of Beech hedges on my way to work - I'll have a look tomorrow and see if they've started back into growth yet;  I think they are a bit of a late starter.

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 12:00

I used the 'snipping tool' in Windows 7, nut, which is in 'Accessories' in the Programs menu.  It allows you to select an area of screen which it captures to a file.  I had to resize the image though as my first attempt came out very small.  I used a free image editor called 'Irfanview' to do that and add the red circle.

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:43

 Hi Justine, it should appear when you click 'submit reply' or start a new post.  It doesn't work on phones though - you need a PC or laptop etc.  Here's an image of what it looks like:




Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:35

I agree with paull2.  The medium range forecast says we could have night temps dropping to as low as 1C from next Friday for at least a week so be wary about leaving chilies, peppers and tomatoes unprotected in an unheated greenhouse overnight.

Help,peach tree trouble

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 15:16

Yes, looks like a pretty bad case although there are plenty of healthy leaves.  Try picking off all affected leaves and see how it goes.  If you decide to replace it, I can recommend Avalon Pride which is very resistant.  A few leaves do become affected on mine, but only a dozen or so each year and I just remove them as soon as I see them.  It's a good cropper of full-size peaches.  Mine came on Mont Clare rootstock and is now about 2m x 2m after 8 years, so relatively small for a peach tree.

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