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Deviding blackcurrant bushes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:50

Hi Colin, each bush will have a single main stem so they can't be split as such, but if you have any suckers which have their own roots, you could split those from the main root and each will make a new bush.  They are also very easy to propagate from cuttings - just cut a stem about the thickness of a pencil and 8-10" long and stick it in the ground with 4-5 inches above the soil - do several in case some don't take.

While you could try an move an established bush, it would be risky and I would wait until autumn, cutting off all the branches and leaving stumps about 6 inches long.  If you don't do that the foliage which grows next spring will exhaust the roots before they have time to re-establish and the whole bush will probably die.  Whatever you decide to do, you'll get no fruit next year of course.

Weirdo snapdragon

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:39

I wonder if they are the result of cross-pollination between normal ones and one of those fancy 'designer' antirrhinums that are about these days?  I must say I much prefer 'proper' snapdragons!  

Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:36

Here we go - a 2 year old bilberry planted in 50/50 JI no3 & ericaceous compost in a 50cm pot.  Not much fruit, but fruit nonetheless!   

Good job you mentioned bilberries Bunty otherwise I'm sure the birds would have had these!  They're now in my pudding for later - Yum! 

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Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:31

I got some a couple of years ago from Mr Fothergills - also small but cheap.   I'll check on them now it's stopped raining and report back.

name and can I please

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 16:54

Pretty sure that's Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge' Alan, although it doesn't usually get to tree size, so may not be that cultivar.

With yuccas, you normally remove the lower leaves when they start dying or look a bit ratty.  It must have been a giant with a thick trunk like that!  It may have been killed by a hard frost and so cut down - they then sucker or sprout side shoots like that.  

Tomatoes - Fungus/Lichen in growbag?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 14:54

The type of fungi which grow in soil are very different to those which infect plant tissue and are generally nothing to worry about.  You would cause far more harm trying to transplant them than anything the fungus in the growbag will do.  It may even be beneficial as fungi break-down organic matter into nutrients which plants can take up via their roots.  In my opinion, if the plants are looking healthy, ignore it.

apricot Tree

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:17

Try giving it a feed of sulphate of potash (or other fertilizer very high in Potassium) in late Winter which will encourage blossom and fruit;  It might be getting too much nitrate as it is producing lots of vegetative growth.  The RHS have some advice on feeding fruit trees here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=539

 

squash crown prince

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:07

Too right, Steve!  I used the last one (stored from last year) in May and had to start the (very sharp!) kitchen knife off with a rubber mallet in order to make the first cut!  I slice the skin off each section completely before roasting as the skin on Crown Prince does not go soft during roasting like it does on some other varieties - rather the opposite in fact and the reason I started doing that was because I cut my gum on a sharp piece of roasted skin!

apricot Tree

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 12:51

Did you get plenty of blossom in the Spring, Brian?  If so the problem may be lack of pollination.  Apricots are early bloomers and the blossom often appears before there are any pollinating insects about.  You can help by using a small, soft, paintbrush or similar to hand-pollinate the blossom, going over the whole tree just like a bee would.  Hopefully you are talking about a relatively small tree or that will obviously be rather difficult!

Making a potting bench

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 11:10

Hi artjak, that looks wonderful - the curvy back sections really set it off.

The only thing I'd suggest is a solid area on the top bench near the bucket, rather than it all being slatted.  That way the inevitable spilt compost won't fall through and if you can make the top of the bucket flush with the surface (perhaps by supporting it from underneath) you can simply sweep the spillages back into the bucket.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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