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Kale & Beans

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 13:05

Scroggin, I plant a seed close to the roots of each sweetcorn plant when they are about 10-12 inches high, otherwise the beans will easily outgrow the corn.  As the beans grow, they are trained to twine round one corn stem, then over to another etc, so they do not climb vertically as such - the bean stems are used to 'tie' the corn stems together.  When there is enough support for the corn crop, I nip the tips of the beans off.  There are usually beans available for harvesting well before any cobs are ready.  After harvesting the cobs, if the beans are still cropping, I leave the whole shebang and cut down when everything dies in early winter.  Any beans harvested are really a bonus as their primary purpose is to provide nitrogen for, and to support, the corn.   

Oh dear.....I think I may have made a mistake!!!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 23:32

Hi yarrow, it was an annual and died at the end of the season.  I kept the seeds from it but they didn't come 'true' and looked nothing like the one I took the photo of, unfortunately!

Can i uncover carrots yet?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 22:05

I went for years untroubled by carrot fly and no-one near me seems to grow any veg, but since it first appeared it has been an absolute menace, so I'd say better safe than sorry snowathlete!  Use horticultural fleece - it's very inexpensive eg:

http://www.garden-netting.co.uk/acatalog/Standard_Fleece.html

(no connection - just a random google result)

apple tree

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 21:55

Just spotted that it's only a year old - you wouldn't normally let such a young tree produce fruit Sandra, but just a couple should be OK.  Flowering rose is right though - it's important to prune young apple trees correctly which is done in mid-winter and encourages growth.  Have a look at the RHS advice on how to prune young trees:

http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=164

Doing it properly will pay dividends in the years to come.   Once you have the shape right (after about 3-4 years), you can start to summer prune (early August) to enhance fruit production.

 

 

Kale & Beans

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 21:42

Anything climbing, Dove - I usually use French beans like Cobra but have used runners - whatever I have spare.

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:11

You need to inspect and remove these sawfly larvae every day once you notice them - they are voracious and will completely defoliate the plants if left.  They are very, very good at hiding!

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:07

1) Pick all of the fruit for the kitchen when it is at its best (note: an in-situ taste test is mandatory!)

2) After delivering the harvest to the kitchen, return to the garden and commence weeding between all of the soft fruit plants, trees and bushes etc.

3) All of the fruit you now find and must have missed earlier must be consumed immediately and under no circumstances returned to the kitchen.

Oh dear.....I think I may have made a mistake!!!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:53

It's hard to tell as there are hundreds of mallows!  As it looks like it's about to flower, it probably won't grow too much bigger this year and if it's an annual variety (likely) that'll be it.  The flowers can be very variable on the annuals - I had a lovely one from seed a few years ago:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51688.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

apple tree

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:46

If it is the only apple tree you have and there are no others in nearby gardens, the best thing to do is get another as crops are always better with cross-pollination, even if the tree is labelled as self-pollinating.  Do get one of the same flowering group though - you can look that up as long as you know the name of the variety you already have.

On dwarf trees where you can reach the blossom, you can gain extra insurance by using a small soft brush to hand-pollinate all of the flowers.

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