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Dr Who

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:12

I love all sci-fi so looking forward to it.  Like most Dr Who fans I am usually slow to start liking 'new Doctors' but usually warm to them after a few episodes.

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:06

An updated photo from today:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57430.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I'm cautiously optimistic I may get a crop from them but reckon we need more good weather (particularly higher temps than at present) to be sure.

 

sorry who is this?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:58

The few I've considered ignoring were eventually removed by the mods anyway so I don't bother these days.

Tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:54

I've been eating Sungold for weeks - they are always the first to ripen and last to finish cropping here, so have a permanent place in my planting plans.   Suncherry Premium, too (similar in all respects to Sungold but red.)  All of the others are behind this year despite starting earlier than usual - cold spells early in the growing season are to blame IMO.

Raising Cedar Crown - Advice Please!

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:39

Cedar isn't a native species (it's from Lebanon and surrounds) and isn't particularly valuable to wildlife.  As others have said, it's usually planted as a specimen on large country estates and does look out of place in a normal garden.  Personally, I would have it felled as you will then be able to grow a lot more plants and shrubs and increase the natural diversity which will help all manner of wildlife.

Magnolia

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 15:00

I wouldn't give any extra feed in the water Linda, just prepare the planting hole well by digging-in plenty of compost and a couple of handfuls of fish, blood and bone.  Modern thoughts are to dig a square rather than a round planting hole and about twice the width of the pot.  Mix compost with the dug-out soil and back-fill with the mixture keeping the base of the trunk at the same level in the soil as it was in the pot.

Magnolia

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:29

Hi Linda, as above, you can plant them now - just keep up the regular watering.

Ill Apple Tree

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:27

Hi Rebekah, from the Orange Pippin Trees website:

"The main horticultural problem is that the fruit size can be on the small side, so a good session thinning the fruitlets at the end of May is usually called for."

So I think that's the answer with respect to small apples.

As for the new growth being curled up on apple trees, that is usually a sign of aphids and the solution for next year is to place a grease band around the trunk which will prevent ants climbing the tree and carrying the aphids around to all the new leaves (ants 'farm' aphids in this way and feed off of the honeydew they produce as waste when sucking the sap from the leaves.)  I use a thick band of Vaseline and since doing this I have had no aphid damage on my apple trees.

BTW, the variety name will likely be "Crimson Topaz" - originally from Czech Republic - not sure where Joanna comes in (maybe from the apple festival at Joanna Furnace in the US?"

 

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 19:02

Is the 2nd photo supposed to be a Marzano, Patricia?  It's actually a Costoluto - did you get the labels mixed up like I often do?

That isn't BER on the 2nd one - that's just how Costaluto sometimes grow and I just slice that highly compressed bit off before cooking.  Some of the flowers are naturally malformed on that variety and the toms which develop from those have more of the compressed 'pleats' at the bottom.

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 18:24

Those shapes are completely normal for those varieties Patricia.  David's is a little unusual (as well as funny)!

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