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Apple Trees

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 16:53

You could grow a 'family' tree where several different varieties (usually 3) have been grafted onto one dwarfing rootstock.  The suppliers of these usually ensure the varieties used pollinate each other too, so you shouldn't need to worry about that. I've been quite impressed by mine.  It's nearly full size now and only about 8ft tall and 5ft wide. 

Growing Sage

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 18:17

I agree with nut - common sage has lovely flowers which you will lose if it's regularly cut back hard.  If a 'branch' gets too leggy you can try cutting it back hard but they don't always send out shoots from very old wood.  I treat mine as short-lived perennials and replace them when they get too woody and leggy (after about 5 years or so) just like lavender.

Rock Garden

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 17:48

Most things described as 'alpine' should be suitable but check that anything you fancy isn't described as 'invasive' as if they are you will have an awful time trying to remove anything which takes over.  There are lots of knowledgeable folk here so you could post a list after browsing around a few supplier sites and I'm sure someone will warn you against any to avoid.

Create drainage in 1mx40 cm planter

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 17:38

I would use an 8 to 10mm drill bit.  If the holes are too small they can easily get blocked and plants growing in containers definitely won't like being waterlogged.

 

Talkback: Growing healthy tomatoes

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 21:16

Hi Sandra, they seem to be in stock here:

http://www.realseeds.co.uk/tomatoes_bush.html

 

Compost accelerator

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 22:04

The main ingredient in accelerators is nitrate, which is why nettles are good (because they contain a lot of it.)  The cheapest commercial high nitrate fertilizer is ammonium sulphate.

Peonies

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 19:25

Maybe that's the trick, nut.  Certainly doesn't sound like hard work to provide them with some of that!   The ones that do flower are in almost complete shade and were just stuck in a hole in unprepared soil when I ran out of space, so what you say does make sense!

Peonies

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:51

Unfortunately most of the tree peonies I have ever planted also die back to nothing like my herbaceous ones do.  The majority are still alive but produce only leaves.  I don't think they like it much here.   The herbaceous ones do well however and don't seem to mind the occasional move.

Cauliflower

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 19:24

I find cauliflowers to be rather fussy and some years they do really well and others not so.  I've tried that variety but found it's worth paying the extra for F1 varieties, especially if they have an RHS AGM symbol.  My tips are to never let them go short of water (otherwise they usually 'bolt') and to make sure they are planted deep (up to the bottom leaves) in really good moisture-retentive soil.  The little blighters need too much mollycoddling for my liking!

Agapanthus

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 19:13

Hi GG, that's exactly what I do.  I do sow mine as soon as they are ripe so as you are a bit late I would recommend that you sow them now and keep half in the cold GH and half on the kitchen windowsill.  Dry agapanthus seeds don't last well so the sooner you sow them the better in my opinion.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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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!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

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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