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in the green

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:59

I move bulbs even in flower (except deeply planted ones like tulips) nut, but I dig a whole clod of earth out with the bulbs inside.  Seems to work ok.

ORNAMENTAL APPLE TREE

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:48

Bumped for rubber

winter care of fruit trees

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:41

Yes, a bit too eager rubber!  They will start fruiting properly from the 3rd year and steadily get better.  The greenfly are 'farmed' by ants so the trick is to put a thick band of Vaseline all the way around the trunk, just above where it's tied to the stake.  This prevents the ants from climbing up into the tree carrying young aphids which they deposit on the youngest leaves.  The ants feed from the sugary honeydew which the aphids exude as a waste product when sucking sap.

Make sure you prune the young trees properly during winter for the first few years as it's important to form the right shape while they are young.  There are a few posts about how to do this on the forum - I'll bump them up for you.

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:29

KEF, I usually only get a handful of nuts as the squirrels always beat me to them but got about a litre of them this past autumn - no squirrels for once!  Welcome back Fairy - missed you!

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:37

Here's a pic of catkins on my hazel which were taken just before the thunder & lightning arrived:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36534.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

If you zoom-in you can just make out the tiny female flowers (red bits on the end of some buds) which eventually turn into nuts.

Talkback: How to plant a bare-root rose

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 14:54

Agree with Dove and I'd also suggest planting them a little deeper to cover and protect potential buds at the bottom of the stems.  Some new roses arrived at about this time last year and had rather a lot of fresh growth on them which was later killed by frosts.  I was experimenting with planting depth at the time and out of the 4, the 2 I planted deeper sent up new shoots from the buried stems in the spring and flowered just fine.  The two planted with the graft at soil level died.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:25
flowersforbees wrote (see)

I know just what you mean Nutcutlet!  I had a flock of starlings came down onto

the bird table this morning, but it was impossible to count them as they were

constantly changing position and as others flew in, some flew off!  Have been able

to count one robin, two blue tits, two great tits, one thrush, five blackbirds, eight

sparrows and seventeen starlings (but there were probably about twenty five - they

just wouldn't stay still).

I know what you mean about the starlings - they go crazy over mealworms!  Love the collective nouns for them: Chattering, affliction or murmuration!  However, I have my own - a squabble of starlings!

Anti fungal help

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:10

Hi RD, I think we all try and spray chemicals around as little as possible these days.  If you wash your pots and seed trays in hot water with a bit of detergent and use good quality seed compost you should be fine.  You can even microwave the seed compost to sterilize it if you like.  Gardeners of old used to make anti-fungal sprays using various compounds which were easily available from chemists (eg copper sulphate) but as most of the chemicals used were quite poisonous to humans if accidentally (or otherwise) consumed, the powers that be have restricted the sale of most of them in recent decades.

Best way to i.d this plant?

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 00:00

I agree - your OH may change her mind once she sees the flowers and may only want it cutting back.  It's always best to wait a full year when you move to somewhere with an established garden so you can get to see the full range of plants. 

Folk here love identifying things from photo's and are very good at it so fire away!

improving heavy clay soil

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 23:01

For drainage you want to dig the grit in as deep as you can really to at least a foot and the more the better - even up to 50% in really heavy clay - a mere sprinkling will have no effect.  For the manure it depends on what fruit you'll be growing but many fruit plants have relatively shallow 'surface feeding' roots, so the manure doesn't need to be dug in so far and can even just be spread on the surface after improving the drainage - the worms will take it down into the soil over time.  Google "no dig gardening" for more on that technique.

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