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Feeding a cherry tree

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 14:09

Hi c&c, 'Maynard' is listed as a self-fertile variety but as cherries tend to flower very early in the year, there are often few pollinating insects about so hand-pollinating is a good idea.  In fact, I do that with all of my fruit trees as most are dwarf.  It only costs a bit of time.

All fruit trees need a feed and a few handfuls of fish, blood and bone sprinkled and tickled into the soil in early Spring is all they need.  Sprinkle the feed over an area of about a metre diameter around the tree and keep that area free of grass and other plants as these will compete with the feeding roots of the tree (which are close to the surface.)  A mulch with compost or well-rotted farmyard manure is also a good idea but don't let that touch the trunk as it can cause problems if it is piled up against it.

As an aside, even self-pollinating fruit trees will crop better if there is another variety in the vicinity, so a getting different cherry but in the same pollination group (Maynard is B) may well help if you have the space for a second tree.

Stacey & her chilli bits

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 13:19

You can also dry them on the plant as long as they are indoors.  Simply stop watering them once they have turned ripe. 

Bored of my garden!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 15:08

Hi Claire, your garden is so pretty, I'd be tempted to put effort into doing something with the summerhouse rather than making big changes to your planting which you might later regret.  The summerhouse seems huge and there looks to be plenty of space to replace it with a shed and a greenhouse.  If your OH is good at DIY it may even be possible to make radical alterations by (for instance) building a dividing timber wall down the centre and re-cladding/re-roofing one half with clear twinwall sheeting to turn half of it into a greenhouse. 

Unwieldy rose bush

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 13:01

The blooms at the bottom suggest that the variety isn't shy to produce new shoots from old wood, so I would cut the whole thing back to knee height next spring which should rejuvenate it.

To feed or not to feed ???

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:57

I agree with Dave and also suggest you use a John Innes No3 when you replace the top layer of compost as that formula is designed for permanent container planting. 

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 20:26

Fingers crossed Philippa!

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:46

Love that phrase 'cat-faced' - Purrfect description!   Mine today - just beginning to turn colour.  Every fruit I've ever had from Costoluto Genovese has been 'cat faced':

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57433.jpg?width=350

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57434.jpg?width=350

Great flavour though!

Football season - 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:18

We lost 2-0 away at Chelsea but not by as many as I expected for a newly promoted team.  0-0 after 65 minutes and we gave them a few scares in the 1st half !  Overall, pleased with the performance so far - I think we will be staying up this season which is priority #1, 2 and 3!

Dr Who

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:12

I love all sci-fi so looking forward to it.  Like most Dr Who fans I am usually slow to start liking 'new Doctors' but usually warm to them after a few episodes.

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:06

An updated photo from today:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57430.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I'm cautiously optimistic I may get a crop from them but reckon we need more good weather (particularly higher temps than at present) to be sure.

 

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