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making new fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:57

As you have already cut them you could try potting them up in a 50/50 mixture of grit and compost then put them somewhere sheltered for a few months and see if anything happens in Spring.  The most successful way would be to graft them onto a rootstock but that's rather tricky and assumes you have a spare rootstock to hand or could get one quickly (unlikely.)  Whatever you try, you need to do it immediately or they'll just die.  I honestly don't think there's much chance of success with rooting the cuttings (aka scions) but why not give it a go?

Tree problems.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:43

Not a good sign for the poplar Philippa.  Most fungi can only grow on dead matter.  Having said that, a tree can lose the vast majority of its heartwood (which is dead anyway) and still survive for hundreds more years although when that happens it becomes structurally weak and prone to being toppled by the wind.

Wasps

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:33

Didn't see all that many here (Leics) but certainly not absent.  Not spotted any nests though, or large females looking for places to overwinter.

I thought everyone in the UK agreed about where 'the divide' occurs now;  There's Westminster and everywhere else.

Last years Garlic as this years seed ?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 00:42

Agree - viruses and rusts can build-up if you keep replanting your own cloves, which are really just clones of the original one so carry any infection.

Weeds or flowers?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 00:31

I'd get rid of the Wood Avens (no redeeming features and invasive) and Vetch (also invasive)  Don't know what the first one is, perhaps Leucanthemum seedlings so would keep until it grows enough to be recognised.  Doesn't look like a weed.

Leylandii

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 23:35

Mike, I'm sorry but I disagree and re-state that conifers have shallow roots systems.  The Encyclopedia Brittanica agrees: "Roots gather water and mineral nutrients from the soil and anchor and support the above-ground portions. Most conifers have rather shallow, if wide-spreading, root systems, making the trunks highly susceptible to wind and surface disturbance.":

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/132725/conifer/34724/Roots

It doesn't mean they can't damage foundations of course.

Leylandii

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:51

Borage or Comfrey would probably do OK (if they establish) as they have roots which go down a metre or more.  Conifers don't generally have deep roots which is why they tend to suck all of the moisture from the topsoil in the surrounding area.

Hibiscus dormancy

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:44

I bought 2 identical ones and kept them in identical conditions.  One of them didn't produce leaves until a whole month after the other one.  Both have now shed most of their leaves except for a few at the top.

I need a new clematis

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:34

If you can manage to upload a photo it will really help to identify the purple one.  If it looks like this (Polish Spirit):

http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-polish-spirit.html?&cat=252/283&gclid=CJTbnJnHmMECFbHHtAodZgEArQ

That's a Group 3 and you can hack those back as hard as you like and they will come back beautifully (if fact they should be cut down to about a foot high every year in late February.)

In general clematis don't do well in pots.  Having said that, there are a few modern ones which have been bred for doing that - see here:

http://www.raymondevisonclematis.com/main/guidesPatio.asp

 

Something has eaten the plastic lid of my slug pellets

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:28

Good idea Jane!  Metal containers like biscuit/sweet tins should be rodent-proof too, but I wouldn't put it past a determined one..

FG: I wouldn't put it exactly that way but rats are a menace in my garden - stables are only metres away and I think they are the main 'holding tank'.  It's either stop feeding the birds or continue to poison the rats, so any 'Darwin awards' they win themselves are a definite bonus!   I do worry about catching Lyme disease from their ticks, too.

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