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Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:14

They are very temperamental Cutting Queen, especially the Group 2 types.  Commercially, cuttings are grown using bottom heat and automatic misting, so worth trying an electric propagator if you don't have one.  And/or taking lots of cuttings!

Layering is the most effective for most folk - just take a long stem which can reach the ground and nick the stem on one side at the point it is buried about 2 inches in the soil.  Sever from the mother plant when you are sure it has rooted.

Help with my Apple tree

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 22:51

With a young tree like that, it's all[about formative pruning to create a good shape and a strong tree at this stage.  One reason for doing this is that a large crop when too young will simply snap the branches (or even the main trunk!) so don't be too eager to let it crop heavily yet.  See here for pruning advice with helpful diagrams:

http://gardenaction.co.uk/fruit_veg_diary/fruit_veg_mini_project_september_2d_apple.asp#apple_prune

 

Strong shoots from blueberry bush

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 22:36

How old and what size are these bushes Rachel?  If they are only a year or two old, it sounds like they have just established properly and you want to encourage strong shoots like these.  The idea is to continually replace the oldest shoots with new ones;  You should prune out some of the oldest stems in February and new stems like these should appear to replace them.  Here is the RHS guide to growing blueberries:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=85

 

Invasive Dodder Weed

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:02

You have done enough Flowerpot Man.  Dodder doesn't infect plants like a disease does, it just attaches itself and sucks the sap.

 

lawns

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:45

In that case shazzab, you can just cover the old turf with the new topsoil - the old grass will die and actually improve the soil when it rots down.

Football season - 2014

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:42

Well, the Foxes just beat ManU 5-3 after being 1-3 down!  Couldn't be happier!

lawns

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 14:32

There are a couple of problems doing that.  Because of the slope you will need to remove some of the old turf where it meets the new section anyway, otherwise you can't make a level join.  Personally, I'd remove all of the old turf which will make levelling the whole area much, much easier.  The other problem is that the new turf may not match the old turf (eg a different combination of grass species) and the join may always stay visible and start to annoy you in the future.  If you do remove the old turf and stack it grass side down somewhere out of the way for a few months, you will create some rather nice soil for use on your borders or for potting etc. 

Beans for drying- now what?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 13:31

Nope, fine in reflected daylight but I wouldn't store any kind of stored food (dried or not) in direct sunlight indoors, with the exception of squashes for ripening.

 

Beans for drying- now what?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 12:33

My Borlotti beans have done very well this year - better than the runners.  Many are now dry on the plants and I'll soon harvest the lot.  They will then go on a teatray and be left in the conservatory until completely dry after which into jars with a few mm of salt at the bottom (which helps keep them dry.)  They look great in the kitchen - almost seems like a shame to use them!

Beans for drying- now what?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 12:21

Hi Bekkie, in general all dried beans should be soaked for 24h before being used in cooking.  There are exceptions (eg dishes which are slow-cooked for several hours which gives the beans time to absorb liquid) but soak first and you can't go wrong. 

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