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BobTheGardener


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Stopping ants climbing cherry tree

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:46

You could try making your own Vaseline substitute out of beeswax and olive oil:

http://www.littlehouseliving.com/homemade-vaseline.html

I can't vouch for it's efficacy regarding whether ants would have similar trouble clambering over it, so you'd have to try it and see.

Apple tree

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 19:11

Hi Phasmid, Even though it's slightly late, I agree with Dove and Lw and would cut all of those branches back by a third.  This will stimulate them to grow side branches and fruiting spurs.  It's really important to prune young apple trees properly to develop a good shape.  5 main branches is ideal.  Prune back to an outward-facing bud.

Grape vine

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:54

You're right Dan, don't prune them now as the sap is rising and they could bleed to death.  Only prune them in early to mid winter, or when they are in full growth (to keep them in check.)  I would tie back any untidy stems for this year and prune it properly next December.  Be careful not to break any of the stems while tying back or they could bleed if you snap them.

Camera Corner

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:18

My Japanese plum "Lizzie", absolutely smothered in flower buds:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39208.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Hope there are no late hard frosts!

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:51

 

 

 

A couple of commas (no pic) a few small tortoiseshells and several peacocks plus a few bumblebees today:

Small Tortoiseshell:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39205.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Peacock on snowdrops:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39206.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Spring!!!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:35

20C here too!  Just removed my (almost) dead Acer palmatum and replaced it (not in exactly the same place) with a dwarf magnolia which has spent a year in a large pot. Magnolia are listed as resistant to Honey Fungus (but not immune.)  Used plenty of root-it mycorrhizae in the planting hole in the hope that it has a little underground fight with the HF!

Quite a few butterflies about, so taking camera out in a mo.

Newbie

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:26

If you don't have access to a PC or laptop, you can upload them from your phone to a photo site like picassa, then paste the picassa links here.  Folk will have to click the links to see them though so the PC route is best, then the photo's will appear in the thread.

new lawn on clay soil

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:02

No cheap & easy answers, I'm afraid.  The only way you will get to use it this summer is by turfing it.  If the clay is compacted, you'll need to use a rotavator to break it up, add grit and organic matter (mushroom compost will likely be the cheapest) to improve drainage, then level it with a rake, tread it down, rake again then turf it and water it every week for the rest of the year.  You'll need to  keep off of it for at least two months. 

Awkward Soil Patch

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 10:53

Thyme naturally grows in such conditions and is available in a wide variety of forms.  It won't grow very high but once established will act as ground cover and provide nectar for wildlife as well as being available for the kitchen.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:45

I'm envious of everybody who doesn't have Honey Fungus!  Discovered today that my favourite Acer (a beautiful red palmatum dissectum which had grown to about 6ftx6ft) has succumbed over the winter.

I'll have to hoik it out tomorrow but at least I can get to that area without stomping on too many bulbs and I have a new bit of space for something else.

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