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Cutting down Poppies

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 16:40

Liz, opium poppies are annuals so only last one season.  If you wait until the seed head ripens (goes brown) you can collect the seed and sow it where you want them next year.


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 12:35

We need a photo of the whole plant and a close-up of the leaves really, sealighter.

Littleo problem with low growing weeds

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 12:32

Hi Mark,

Those look mainly like Forget-me-not seedlings.  Did you have this growing in the general area in the Spring?:


While they can be classed as a weed, I find them useful groundcover over winter and they produce a beautiful carpet of sky-blue in the spring through which my bulbs emerge.

However, if you don't want them then you can keep hoeing them off.  Hoeing might be difficult on such a stony soil so one alternative is to lay down some bark chippings (at least 2 inches deep or it isn't worth doing) which will stop the seeds germinating.




Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:57

I was about to mention 'Lark', scroggin.  While I'm not growing sweetcorn this year, I have always had good results with this variety.

Pear tree

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:54

Looks ok to me too but to answer your question, this is what to do:

Prune a few inches from the tips of the strongly growing branches (which you don't want to grow any more), now.  This is called 'summer pruning' which will restrict their growth and encourage fruiting spurs to develop on them.

For the weaker branches which you do want to grow more, prune those in the winter when they are dormant and cut them back by one third.  This will encourage new growth in the spring.  The harder you prune, the stronger the growth will be but don't prune branches by more then half their length.  Also, don't winter prune more than about a third of all the branches on the tree each year.

Repeat this process each year until the tree has developed the shape you want.  After that, only prune in late summer.  It's actually quite easy if you follow these simple rules.


Posted: 06/08/2015 at 19:51

Yes Jane, cut back that fruited cane and leave the rest.  Raspberries root close to the surface so the best thing you can do to encourage a good crop is to mulch them with well-rotted manure in the autumn, after they have had a good soaking - don't mulch if the ground is dry.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 22:08

I think they would benefit from slightly bigger pots barry island.  Blueberries can grow quite large and mine are in 20 inch (50cm) pots.  Have read of this about composting pine needles:

Basically it says they produce neutral compost when they eventually rot down but are acidic when fresh.

Do I cut back young wisteria?

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:33

How do you want to grow it Tiny01?  If you want it to cover that area (is it a log cabin?), then you need to attach some wires to the wall using vine eyes.  Then train and tie those long shoots, one to each wire.  See here:

and here:


Help needed!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:32


Cocoon in shed?

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:25

Hi Jordan, see if you can find it here (ignore the colour as they mostly turn brown):

and here (only 759 to look through!):

I think it's a Peacock.

The thing next to it is the old skin of the caterpillar which it cast off as it turned into the chrysalis.

PS, it could hatch anytime now - they overwinter as adults.

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