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peach tree

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:55

They are worth the hassle though bekkie!

Couldn't resist nipping out and taking a photo:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52081.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Nearly ready (slurp!)

peach tree

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:40

That's right bekkie - or grow a resistant variety like me (obviously not an option for Betty though!)

Can anyone identify these roots / bulbs?

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:38

Yep.

peach tree

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:36

Hi Betty, I was going to write a long reply to try and cover everything but while I was looking at websites for images to help illustrate, I came across this one which explains it so well that I don't think I can add much!

http://gardening.about.com/od/treefruits/ss/How-To-Prune-Peach-Trees.htm

The essence is to remove all dead/damaged/diseased wood and prune the rest to open up the tree to light and air.  Peaches grow on one year old wood, so the aim is to prune very spring to encourage new growth without removing too much of last year's growth (which will bear this year's crop.)

Dream plant....top of your wish list

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:18

An eremurus which actually flowers.. but delivered with an acre plot in Cornwall or the Channel Islands please.

bugs on hydrangea

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 00:27

Hi Sandra, from your description this is certainly hydrangea scale insect.  Have a look at the RHS information on it:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=557

 

Sweet potato

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 19:03

Here's a pic of mine at the moment:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51949.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I'm trying to train them up string (they're about 2 foot tall now) but they don't do this naturally and prefer to sprawl along the ground, like the horizontal shoot you can see at the bottom.  Apparently everything ends up as one huge tangle so will fit in well with the rest of my plants!  

I think we'd need a good summer for them to grow well outside, even though these varieties, Beauregard Improved and especially Carolina Ruby are recommended for growing in "milder areas".  It gets a bit cold here in the East midlands (I'm blummin freezing at the mo!) but I think they'd do well south of the Watford gap.

Sweet potato

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 23:14

Philippa, I'm currently growing the 'duo' T&M ones in my polytunnel so will keep you informed of progress via this thread and will post some photos tomorrow after work.  They were very large well developed 'plugs' (15cm x 5cm 'root trainered' rootballs with 10cm of top growth) and looked extremely healthy.  They were planted in much improved clay-based soil (lots of added MPC and sharp sand, with a sprinkling of blood, fish and bone) in the polytunnel border after acclimatizing them strictly to supplied instructions.

If they don't do well after all the care I've lavished on them (including pre-treating the polytunnel soil with slug nematodes), I'll be very disappointed!

Weed or Veg IDs from my allotment!

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 21:08

If they are bindweed seedlings (rather than springing up from bits of a broken mature root) they should be easy to get rid of.  Fingers crossed that they are beans though - still a possibility!

Weed or Veg IDs from my allotment!

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 21:02

Dig down deep and have a look at the roots of the 3rd one - bindweed has a thick white root to confirm:

http://blogs.crocus.co.uk/kitchengarden/2010/07/28/rogues-gallery-bindweed/

 

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