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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Thornless Fruit Bushes

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:30

Probably better to have a mix rather than several bushes of a single cultivar as far as pollination goes.  I have about 6 or 7 varieties and they crop well.

Plum tree problem

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:19

Jo, it shouldn't, but as a general rule I would never grow the same species of plant/tree in exactly the same spot as one which was diseased.  If I had to, I'd dig out a large hole and swap the soil with that from another part of the garden.  Just general garden hygiene and a case of 'better safe than sorry' really. 

Bluebell preservation

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 19:13

Bluebells are also able to adjust the depth of their bulb.  I know that sounds crazy but if they are planted (or buried) too deep, they will still surface but the stem below ground will swell and another bulb will form at what the plant 'thinks' is the ideal depth.  They might not flower the first year after being more deeply buried but will be fine in subsequent years.

Plum tree problem

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 22:34

Yes, I' agree with that Pansyface - looks like a bacterial canker to me.  The tree's a gonna when it gets as bad as that Geoff, so look at it as an opportunity for planting something new.


compost heap advice please.

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 22:26

Get yourself a shredder B3.  Once shredded, prunings etc take up a fraction of the space and the composting process is hugely accelerated.  I shredded a pile of about 3 cubic metres of stuff last weekend and it now only half fills a 1 cubic metre compost bin.  I know from experience that it will be ready for use before the end of the year.

summer fruiting raspberries

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 19:10
Katherine W wrote (see)

They fruit in summer on the growth they made the same year, so you cut them down in spring. Let them do their thing now.

Nope, that's Autumn fruiting types.  Summer fruiting ones bear fruit on the canes which grew the previous year, so as soon as a cane has fruited, cut it down the the ground but leave the unfuited canes as those will bear next year's crop.

Damson or plum........

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:57

Fritillary, you should remove most of them but leave a few if you want a few new branches, in which case prune them back by about a 1/3rd which will encourage them to produce fruiting spurs.  You can try pulling the unwanted water shoots off with a sharp tug - if you are lucky they will come away and there is less chance of them growing back when you do that, otherwise cut them off almost flush with the branch they are growing from. Yes, apples (and pears) also produce this type of growth when pruned heavily.

Thornless Fruit Bushes

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:24

Yes, blueberries are all thornless but do require acid soil - all of mine are grown in containers with a 50/50 mix of ericaceous compost and John Innes No 3.  Jostaberries are also thornless and worth growing as a cross between gooseberry and blackcurrant.

Blue spinach seeds?

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 23:38

Some seeds are available with a coating to either help you sow them individually more easily or germinate/grow more successfully.  The bright colour is to help you see them so you can space them out appropriately.  I've not seen spinach but have used carrot seeds like that.  Here's a web page from a company which makes them:


Damson or plum........

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 17:24

It (big trees shading things out) happens as gardens mature Jo.   Glad I don't have a sycamore but do have ash trees so still have lots of seedings to keep pulling up!  Good luck with the baby plum - it will take a few years to fruit so perhaps try and keep the old plum going until then.  As long as you don't prune it really hard you should be able to keep on top of the water shoots.

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