BobTheGardener


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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

Red bugs on fartichokes

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:48

As pansyface guessed, they are cardinal beetles.  A goodie and won't touch your plants as they predate on other insects.  Lucky you!

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/red-headed-cardinal-beetle

 

Problematic mushrooms

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 19:05

Hi Maxine, Fungi are almost never a problem for plants - they grow on dead plant matter in the soil and are actually beneficial as they release nutrients from that in a form which plants can take up via their roots.  If you don't like looking at them, just remove them by hand (best to wear gloves) and dispose of them as you see fit.  The mushrooms are only the fruiting body - 90% of the fungus is below ground and you wouldn't often even see it if you dug into the soil.  Have a read of this:

http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/fungi/importce.htm

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:43

Yep, if you cut them right back to the ground (including all leaves), they'll send up a set of fresh leaves which don't look so untidy.  They won't flower again until next spring though.

Blackberries

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:36

I've just been picking blackberries from one of the thornless ones (might be Apache) - never had them produce in July before!

Planting this year after potatoes

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 19:32

Leeks which were started in the spring.

Potatoes decimated!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 02:14

Colorado beetle are a notifiable pest in the UK but not on the continent.  Read this thread for more info:

http://limousin.angloinfo.com/forum/viewtopic/25630/0/watch-out-the-colorado-beetle-is-back

My commiserations Jap3 - it's a very damaging pest.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

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