BobTheGardener


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Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 01:05

LoopyLoo, don't prune your plum tree until early spring or (preferably) midsummer or you risk it getting 'silver leaf' which is a nasty fungal disease which infects stone fruit trees in their dormant season and may kill it.  If you absolutely must cut it back, then remove a minimal amount now and then cut those same branches back in spring or  summer.  That way you should remove any infected wood before it spreads throughout the tree.  You can cut branches back to a side shoot or close to the trunk.  See the RHS advice here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=339

 

Swede and Sprouts just not growing

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 21:18

Sounds like a combination of late planting, lack of nutrients and probably less than ideal weather.  I sow brassicas in early March and plant out when they have 5 true leaves.  Brassicas also tend to do better in heavy soils.  For next year, I would try adding as much well-rotted farmyard manure as you can lay your hands on which will provide the missing nutrients and also help retain water - brassicas don't like soil drying out.  The bagged stuff from garden centres is fine if you can't get it locally.  My own brussels are (unusually) a bit small this year too which I'm putting down to lack of enough sunshine in my area this year.

piccolo tomatoes

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 20:56

Fermenting the seeds for 3 days gets rid of the jelly-like coating which stops the seeds sticking together, so is optional.  It's the way recommended by the realseeds site.  Some sites say piccolo is an F1 hybrid so won't come true from seed but there are many reports of folk saving seeds from supermarket bought piccolo and finding they do come true, so definitely worth trying.  Because it's a commercially grown variety I suspect it's now been bred to be stable.

 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 15:34

Well done wonks!  The sun almost came out here so I removed dahlias from their large pots, stored them and planted about 100 tulips in the vacated pots.   Also did a bit more tidying up and weeding - removed lots of field buttercup and dandelions which had become evident after the foliage of the hardy perennials had died back.  They came up very easily because of the recent rain. 

How to tell if a rose is a climber?

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 17:53

It looks like one of the 'old garden rose' family, many of which are considered to be climbers.  I'm no rose expert but there's some interesting info here which may help:

http://hedgerowrose.com/types-of-roses/

I have a couple of moss roses which were here when I moved in 30-odd years ago and love them, especially as they seem to be the only ones I have which don't get diseases.

Passion Flowers

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 16:10

Hi Jan, ideally they should be pruned immediately after flowering, cutting each flowered shoot back to leave 2 buds after the point the shoot emerges from the main stem.  They can take a hard pruning if overgrown, but leave that until spring.  More advice from the RHS here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=295

 

Gardening Vices ......

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 15:17

The replies of Pansyface and Nut sound rather too familiar! -  I've just planted out 36 'spare' primroses in 3" pots which I had shoved in a corner when I ran out of room last year..  Also walking about visually planning (ok, pottering!) too much and finding myself unable to make a decision so ending up doing nothing.   Quite relaxing though!

Plant ID, please.

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:58

It does look like a carrot.  What does the taproot smell like?

I get them appearing from birdseed.

Hey! It's christmas soon...wot are you getting me?

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 20:18

A Rhus typhina together with a mix of bamboos and roses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and a can of petrol and a match to 'treat' them with.  See, I am being nice after all!

Feeding an old apple tree

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 15:28

Sue, this is known as 'biennial bearing' and is common with bramleys.  Feeding and some corrective pruning may bring it back to annual bearing but no guarantee.  See the RHS advice, here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=280

 

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