BobTheGardener


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Green Potatoes

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:33

Yes, they will be fine for use as seed potatoes, if you can keep them cool enough for long enough (otherwise they will sprout far to early.)  There's a risk of them harbouring viral diseases, which is why it's recommended to buy fresh seed potatoes each year.  No harm in trying though.

Sweetcorn

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:28

Just an interesting fact for you:  Every single kernel on each cob sends its own tassel up to the top of the cob which is why there are so many.  A grain of pollen must fall onto each tassel otherwise the individual kernel connected to that tassel will not develop and is why you sometimes see this:

http://www.honeybeesuite.com/what-is-incomplete-pollination/corn-incomplete/

Nature is amazing and it's sometimes not obvious why things like this evolve the way they have!

Alkanet seedling identification.

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 14:40

Alkanet seedling identification.

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 13:11

A fine collection of garden weed seedlings!  It's a bit early to ID them yet as Edd said, but the one with the largest leaves near the front is the only one I'd say is probably alkanet.

Growing a fruit tree in a pot

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 19:26

You'll need a large pot to grow plums - there isn't as much choice due to a limited number of dwarfing rootstocks.  Try googling for "patio plum" to see the sort of thing available which might be suitable.

Hazelnut trees - What are your experiences?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 19:11

One benefit is that a coppiced tree will live much longer than a single trunk (natural lifespan of a Hazel is about 50 years) - some coppiced Hazels are hundreds of years old and another is that you get a free supply of poles and pea supports.

It might be difficult to train one as a single trunk as Hazel's natural habit is to grow as a multi-stemmed shrub/tree.  When you need to prune it to keep it within your stated bounds, it is very likely to keep throwing up new stems from below ground, so you'd need to keep on top of that.  It's certainly possible though as many young filbert and cobnut trees are supplied that way.

Screening

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:46

You could try reed or bamboo screening - it only lasts a few years but is cheap (2m x 4m roll about 20 quid.)

Growing a fruit tree in a pot

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:37

I would avoid pears Jillity - they prefer sheltered conditions and can be finicky at the best of times!

The OrangePippin site has some good advice:

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/growing-fruit-trees-in-pots-and-containers

Reads Nursery are also excellent and I'm sure if you contacted a specialist supplier like these they would be happy to give advice specific to your location and garden aspect.

Hazelnut trees - What are your experiences?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:25

Thanks GD - they do grow very fast though!  You could keep some control by coppicing (cutting back to about 15cm above the ground) a third of the oldest stems each year in the Winter and the remaining stems should produce nuts, so you'd only lose a third of the crop by doing that (the new stems won't bear nuts in their first year.)

I recommend that you let them grow unpruned for 3 years before you start coppicing them though, so they develop a good root system.

Hazelnut trees - What are your experiences?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:56

This is about 4-5 years growth on my Hazel (taken today):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52850.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

It's about 4 metres high by 3m wide and will be coppiced this winter.  Plenty of nuts forming but like most others here find, it's the squirrels who get them, not me!  Closer pic showing nuts:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52851.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

One of the best things about Hazel is the Catkins (pic taken in January):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52852.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

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