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Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:57

I was about to mention 'Lark', scroggin.  While I'm not growing sweetcorn this year, I have always had good results with this variety.

Pear tree

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:54

Looks ok to me too but to answer your question, this is what to do:

Prune a few inches from the tips of the strongly growing branches (which you don't want to grow any more), now.  This is called 'summer pruning' which will restrict their growth and encourage fruiting spurs to develop on them.

For the weaker branches which you do want to grow more, prune those in the winter when they are dormant and cut them back by one third.  This will encourage new growth in the spring.  The harder you prune, the stronger the growth will be but don't prune branches by more then half their length.  Also, don't winter prune more than about a third of all the branches on the tree each year.

Repeat this process each year until the tree has developed the shape you want.  After that, only prune in late summer.  It's actually quite easy if you follow these simple rules.


Posted: 06/08/2015 at 19:51

Yes Jane, cut back that fruited cane and leave the rest.  Raspberries root close to the surface so the best thing you can do to encourage a good crop is to mulch them with well-rotted manure in the autumn, after they have had a good soaking - don't mulch if the ground is dry.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 22:08

I think they would benefit from slightly bigger pots barry island.  Blueberries can grow quite large and mine are in 20 inch (50cm) pots.  Have read of this about composting pine needles:

Basically it says they produce neutral compost when they eventually rot down but are acidic when fresh.

Do I cut back young wisteria?

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:33

How do you want to grow it Tiny01?  If you want it to cover that area (is it a log cabin?), then you need to attach some wires to the wall using vine eyes.  Then train and tie those long shoots, one to each wire.  See here:

and here:


Help needed!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:32


Cocoon in shed?

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:25

Hi Jordan, see if you can find it here (ignore the colour as they mostly turn brown):

and here (only 759 to look through!):

I think it's a Peacock.

The thing next to it is the old skin of the caterpillar which it cast off as it turned into the chrysalis.

PS, it could hatch anytime now - they overwinter as adults.

bananas from seed

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:09

Tried them once as an experiment and had the same lack of results.  I eventually cut the (still hard) seeds open and judging by the smell they had rotted inside.  Thinking about it now I'm not sure I actually want the hassle of looking after them over the winter anyway!

Help needed!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:16

I'm with Lyn - improve the compatibility of the site as that is definitely a weak point as is the search facility.

Please, please don't introduce a 'like' button!  Those are divisive at best on a friendly site like this.

people moving into an area and paving over the front garden

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 18:58

Just be thankful we (well, most of us on here) don't live in certain states of the US where it is illegal to grow veg in your front garden!  A google search for that gets about half a million hits..


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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