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Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 21:41

Hi ffb, just found the delivery note - I got them from Mr Fothergills (who happen to have a special offer on them at the moment )

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 21:12

I'll check my email archives tomorrow and will let you know!

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:40

Hi ffb, I have two bilberry bushes which I bought at about this time last year.  They have grown well in large containers of ericaceous compost (important that they have acid soil) so I'm hoping they will bear fruit this year but I do know they don't produce much of a crop compared to blueberries (to which they are related.)  I actually got them to add to my collection of 'unusual' soft fruit bushes.  Unfortunately I can't remember where I got them from at the moment!

Wet sioil

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 16:57

Anne, assuming it doesn't rain, dig a hole of the size you would use if planting and leave it for a few hours.  If a puddle forms at the bottom then avoid planting (that indicates the soil is waterlogged.)  If no puddle forms then drainage is ok and you are probably good to go.

 

Apple Trees

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 16:53

You could grow a 'family' tree where several different varieties (usually 3) have been grafted onto one dwarfing rootstock.  The suppliers of these usually ensure the varieties used pollinate each other too, so you shouldn't need to worry about that. I've been quite impressed by mine.  It's nearly full size now and only about 8ft tall and 5ft wide. 

Growing Sage

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 18:17

I agree with nut - common sage has lovely flowers which you will lose if it's regularly cut back hard.  If a 'branch' gets too leggy you can try cutting it back hard but they don't always send out shoots from very old wood.  I treat mine as short-lived perennials and replace them when they get too woody and leggy (after about 5 years or so) just like lavender.

Rock Garden

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 17:48

Most things described as 'alpine' should be suitable but check that anything you fancy isn't described as 'invasive' as if they are you will have an awful time trying to remove anything which takes over.  There are lots of knowledgeable folk here so you could post a list after browsing around a few supplier sites and I'm sure someone will warn you against any to avoid.

Create drainage in 1mx40 cm planter

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 17:38

I would use an 8 to 10mm drill bit.  If the holes are too small they can easily get blocked and plants growing in containers definitely won't like being waterlogged.

 

Talkback: Growing healthy tomatoes

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 21:16

Hi Sandra, they seem to be in stock here:

http://www.realseeds.co.uk/tomatoes_bush.html

 

Compost accelerator

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 22:04

The main ingredient in accelerators is nitrate, which is why nettles are good (because they contain a lot of it.)  The cheapest commercial high nitrate fertilizer is ammonium sulphate.

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