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Butternut Squash

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:01

Matty, I'd try one at each end and put a courgette in the middle.  Bung as much compost as you can spare in the planting holes as that really helps.

Well done, Dove - a great result considering last year's weather!

fruit trees

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:40

Hi Tel, yes you can plant potted fruit trees into the ground at any time, but now would be good.  Dig a hole about twice the width and a bit deeper than the height of the pots and mix a couple of handfuls of blood, fish and bone fertiliser with the dug-out soil.  Break the soil up in the bottom of the hole with a fork.  Partially back-fill the hole with the fertilised soil and temporarily place the pot in the hole so that the top of soil inside the pot is at the same height as the surrounding soil.  Once you get it level, remove the pot and plant the tree, back-filling the hole and firming the soil with your heel as you go.  Water well and at least once a week for the rest of the year so that the roots can become well established.  I would also put in stakes and use tree-ties to protect against  wind rocking the trees which will damage any young new roots which start growing.  They won't need any further fertilising until next year when you can sprinkle the area with a couple more handfuls of fish, blood and bone and do that each year in the spring.

Cherry tree.

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:54

Same here, sweet cherries still in bud.  Mature decorative flowering cherries are in bloom but not the edibles.

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 19:54

Sandra, the plant you describe is Celandine.  The problem with that one are the tiny bulbous tubers which are easily spread by any kind of planting or digging near a clump.  RHS advice here:



Patio advice - replacing concrete

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 19:44

A sledgehammer and pick axe are the tools you need if doing it yourself.  You smash the sledgehammer down has hard as you can, about 6 inches in from an edge, hope it cracks and use the pick axe to lever the broken pieces out.  Eventually you will be rid of it.  That's how a builder would do it if they didn't have powered tools.  I can tell you from personal experience that doing it that way is very hard work!  Before you even consider doing that, dig down at the side to see how thick it is.  If over 6", it'll take a pneumatic jack hammer to break it up.

Butternut Squash

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 23:12

Hi Matty, all squash take up a lot of room and trail, usually to about 3 or 4m, but Harrier is supposed to be more bushy than the varieties I've personally grown.  If you are short on space, you can train them up a trellis or strong net etc, but best if that is set at an angle rather than vertical as the fruit become very heavy and can pull the plant away from the support.  In the UK we need a pretty good summer to get more than one or two squash per butternut plant, so fingers crossed!  The further south you are, the more likely you will get a good crop.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 21:39

Nice one Dove.  Mine have spent the last 3 days and nights in the cold greenhouse where the temperature hasn't dropped below 10C and are looking as though they've really benefited from the extra light.  I'll leave them there until I get home on Thursday evening when temps are forecast to drop to 6C or below.  Then it's back to their daily journeys from indoors to the GH and back again until GH minimum night temps are once again 10C or above.  As I started them much later than usual this year, they'll get extra tlc .  

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 20:10

It doesn't really matter, Fiona, but to benefit from the improved drainage at least a foot high in my opinion.  Probably the most important consideration is the amount of soil etc you will need to fill them.  Twice the height = twice the volume.  The taller they are, the easier they are to tend though, so less bending and stretching required!

How do I prune this plant?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 19:56

I'd say it's pampas grass, too.  Cut it back hard now, but if you see any small leaves growing at the base, try not to cut the tips off as unlike most plants, grasses grow from the base not the tip, so you'll see damaged tips all year.  Also watch out for this stuff - as well as having the razor sharp edges, I grew one from seed and it eventually became a real monster and grew to 3m x 3m from a base of about 1 square meter.  They are too big to dig out when that size and only a stump-grinder will rid you of the roots, if you ever tire of it and want to plant something else.


Posted: 15/04/2013 at 23:53

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