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What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:52

Indeed it is Verdun!

Yellow Gardeners Delight

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:46

Mine from Mr Fothergills were normal too.  I grew the whole 'sun' range of cherry types this year and they've all done well.  Best flavoured are Sunpeach, Suncherry Premium and Suncherry Smile - all sweet but not overly so and packed with 'proper' tomato flavour. 

I also grew Gardener's Ecstasy from Realseeds - and my delight did indeed turn to ecstasy when I tasted the first one - a definite improvement on the old standard.

Last edited: 06 September 2016 18:49:22

What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:37

All I've learnt this year is that I never learn!  I find doesn't matter anyway as you can be as sure as eggs is eggs that the weather (or beasties) will put paid to any well laid out gardening plans no matter how experienced you are.

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 18:57

Pot them on into bigger pots - I overwinter young delphiniums in 15cm pots and plant them out when I start to see a substantial amount of growth in the spring.  This also makes it easier to protect against slugs which is almost impossible for small delphiniums planted in the ground.

Last edited: 05 September 2016 18:59:15

Wild cherry tree recent transplant (please help)

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 18:50

Probably not enough water.  It's often the case that potted trees can't take in enough water from the surrounding soil until they have grown some new roots which will take a few months.  I'd give it a bucketful every couple of days from now until the rest of the trees in your area have naturally lost all of their leaves.

You should also really keep an area of at least a couple of feet diameter clear of grass around the trunk.  Grass is a very hungry plant and will out-compete the tree for water and food.

Tomato blight?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:24

Not peppers but it can travel between potatoes and tomatoes which are in the same family.

Swede experts

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:07

When you say they are rotten, has the flesh in the centre has turned brown, which is known as 'brown heart'?  That is caused by a nutrient (Boron) deficiency.  This is worse on alkaline soils and spraying with a dilute solution of Borax a few times during the growing season should fix it.

The other possibilites are slugs eating into them which lets in fungal spores and starts them rotting.  Lack of water followed later by lots of water can cause them to split, again letting in fungal spores.

Alchemilla mollis

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:55

I wish mine wouldn't flower!  I love the foliage but sometimes forget to remove the flowers quick enough and, as Philippa alluded to, now have them everywhere.  The roots are extremely tough so digging them out is now a bit of a regular chore.


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:58

The most common way to grow grape vines is the rod and spur method.  With this method there is one main stem which is permanent and the side shoots which grow from it each year produce the fruit.  All of the side shoots are cut back hard each winter when the vine is dormant and I do mine in November or over the Christmas holiday period if I forget to do it earler.  Starting where the side shoots come from the main stem (which will probably be quite old and gnarled), count two buds along each side shoot and cut it just beyond the 2nd bud.  You will and up with just the main stem with very short side shoots.  It is vital to do this before growth starts in the spring otherwise the vine will bleed from the cuts.

Vines can be very vigorous and the side shoots on mine will grow 6ft+ in a season if I let them!  To control growth and produce larger fruit, cut the shoots back to two or three leaves past the forming bunch of grapes which will appear in late spring or early summer.  Only let the vine produce one bunch from each side shoot and snip off and others.  Further pruning may be required as more shoots are produced from the joints of the remaining leaves - you can just pinch those shoots out leaving one new leaf on each.

There are other pruning methods depending on how the vine has been grown, the Guyot system being the other main one.

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 22:04

I think it was an unqualified success and am really looking forward to the next one.  The hour long formula is far superior and a massive improvement.  Well done BBC!

Adam Frost is great and I look forward to seeing much more of him in the future but I'll admit to being rather jealous of his new blank canvas!

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