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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:31

Lots of potting-on done today.  I would normally be putting these partticular plants in the borders at this time but they are a bit smaller than usual due to the cool weather we've been having.  I'd sooner delay by a week or two than give the slugs a feast!

A dozen melon plants and four cucumbers planted into the polytunnel together with about a dozen 'spare' tomato plants that I had no room for in the greenhouse;  I've given away as many as I can but can't bear to assign the remaining ones to the compost heap..  There are still a dozen to go outside but the forecast is for 4C and battering winds for a couple of days or so, so won't risk them yet.

So&&ing woodpigeons ate 2 rows of cabbages (which I forgot to net yesterday evening) early this morning - luckily I had spares for those too!


Dwarf Apple Trees

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 16:36

Just once in early spring is enough in my experience Paul.  Just sprinkle it on top of the compost (check the dosage rate on the packet, but I would say a small handful for a 50cm diameter container) and 'tickle' it into the surface of the soil/compost.  You could repeat in mid summer, but avoid over-feeding anything as this will lead to lush leafy growth which is prone to pests & diseases and may actually retard fruiting.

Dwarf Apple Trees

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:43

I tend to use fish, blood & bone on all my fruit trees in early spring as it is well-balanced and long-lasting.  You can supplement with liquid tomato feed once the fruit has set as this is higher in phosphate which benefits fruit and flowering.

Help finding wall bracket/ hook

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:36

Thinking outside the box, how about using an 'F-clamp' or bar clamp:

Mount upside-down on top of the wall and hang the basket from the overhanging end of the bar (you would need to drill a hole to take the hook from the basket chains.)  They come in a range of lengths so you can get the overhang length right.




Dwarf Apple Trees

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:04

Don't let them fruit in the first year Paul.  They need to develop a good root system before you let them produce apples.  All you need to do for now is keep them watered and occasionally feed them.  In the winter you will need to prune them to make sure that they develop a good shape - see the RHS advice here:




Posted: 31/05/2015 at 14:55

Note that there is a difference between tree peonies and hebaceous peonies (which die back completely to the ground in winter.)  It is actually recommended to plant tree peonies a little deeper than the pot they came in, so that the grafted plant on top can make it's own roots.  It is only hebaceous peonies where you need to make sure they are not too deeply planted.

Epsom salt

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 12:21
Tootles wrote (see)

What is chlorosis please?

Chlorosis is a general term to mean yellowing of leaves - it basically means lack of chorophyll which is what makes leaves look green.  Epsom salts will help in those cases where the problem is lack of Magnesium in the growing medium, but there are a lot of possible causes for yellowing leaves so it is far from a universal panacea but is cheap so well worth trying first.

what have I dug up?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 21:02

Definitely nothing to worry about as already said.  I think they are the actual fruiting bodies forming under the ground and which would have later broken the surface as the more familiar 'mushroom' or 'toadstool' we usually see.  It's just that we don't often see them at the stage you happened to dig them up.

burnt lawn

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 16:45

Give it a good raking over then sow and water and I think you'll be fine.  

Tomato plants

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:08

Missed the fact that you are also going away!  I'd agree with bookertoo's advice, or palm them off to a 3rd party for a few days?

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