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Raspberry mystery....

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 17:21

Hi nin, Autumn fruiting varieties will also give an early crop if they are not pruned, so my guess would be that you have Autumn ones.  "Autumn Gold" is a common yellow variety, so yours may be those.

Note that the overall crop is much reduced if you don't chop them down and let them fruit in early Summer, so my advice would be to cut them all back to the ground now and enjoy a much bigger crop this Autumn.

Edit: Just noticed you are moving them, so you would need to cut them back anyway!

Plum tree fungi

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 16:43

Fortunately, for other plants, trees and shrubs in your garden it is not Honey fungus, but still the news is not good.  While I can't identify it (yet), I would say the tree is a goner - fungus only grows on dead wood, so the heartwood of your plum is rotting away inside and will eventually become so weak that the tree will become dangerous.

That might take a few years though, so you could risk keeping it for a couple of years, giving you a chance to buy a new one and get it started somewhere else.


Removing Pampas Grass.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 16:36

It will be extremely hard work as the roots are very tough.  Dig a trench all of the way around it and then you can use a sharp spade thrust in at an angle to sever the roots all around.  Eventually you should be able to remove it, but may break a few garden tools along the way!   Best to cut all of the foliage down first as it is lethally sharp, so wear protective clothing when you do that - I wore two pairs of jeans, a leather motorcycle jacket and leather gloves.  I also have a chainsaw which helped a lot but it was still the most difficult plant I have ever removed.

Help With Seedling

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:12

That's my diagnosis too - doesn't look like a fungal or other kind of disease.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 11:39

Agree - cook and freeze.

Runner beans

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 11:38

Nope, just stick 'em in about 2 inches deep.  Don't plant until after the last frosts though.  I usually plant runner seeds on or around May 1st depending on the weather.  If it's a late spring, then I start them off in small pots in the cold greenhouse.

Poo, top soil and compost.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 11:33

Wickes do bagged well-rotted FYM which, with their 3 for 2 offer, works out at about 80 quid per 1000l.  The 50l bags are relatively easy to handle, too.  Delivery is 25 I think.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 00:27

It will work Ivyhouse but you are unlikely to get nicely shaped long roots although if you cut the bottoms off of the peat pots before sowing and plant them out as soon as they have germinated, you might be OK.

Where to buy pink fir apple seed potatoes?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 23:57

Mr Fothergills have them.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:23

Visiting one of my aunts & uncles (can't remember which ones) who grew veg.  We lived in a Victorian terrace at the time with no garden to speak of, so it was a magical experience for a 4-5 year old.  All I can remember is scoffing peas picked from what seemed like endless, hugely tall rows of greenery!

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