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Epson salt on Runner beans

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 21:19

You can get large bottles of the organic stuff on line, very concentrated so it lasts for ages - getting it delivered does beat carrying heavy stuff!


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:06

If the weater holds, it shouldn't be long.

New Composter.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:06

By the by, Tiddymum, I can think of no reason why your drum won't work for compost, but you will need to make some drainage holes in it, and I don't know if  you will want to do that?

Care of tiny strawberry seedlings?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:04

Of coure you should keep going with the babies, I was more thinking of the future - why work when someone else will huh?

Yes, just sprinkle a layer of vermiculite around the top, helps to keep the stem dry.

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:25

Well, I just thought that a reduction in load might be helpful for it, but not at the risk of the gardener!  Trees are incredible things and recover from the most amazing damage without our interference - just look at some of those in our woods and forsests.  Lets hope it fruits well and gets no wood bug in the hole.  Will be thinking about it as time goes on. 

New Composter.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:59

Molly, it is true that not many worms come equiped with crampons and ropes, so the bin does need to be on the ground, and as someone else said that helps it to drain if it gets very wet.  My imagination ran away with me, imagining the worms on a climbing expedition up the bricks......  mind, the slugs seem to manage well enough up the walls and the water butts into the hostas!!

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:57

Don't worry about last year Briggsy, no-on had good crops last summer - too wet, too dark and too windy - my crab apple, which is usually laden with frui,t managed to produce 10!  The eaters had some, but not many and at that we did better than some as the trees are espaliered next to a wall so got some shelter.  Only the redcurrants/blackcurrants did well, but they always do.

Damsons make the best jam ever, hope you get a good crop of those.  Are your plums eaters or cookers, or don't you know yet?  No room for anything as big as a plum tree here, and as yet there are no reliable fruiters on dwarfing root stocks, which I have for my eating apples and cherry - maybe in time huh?

Care of tiny strawberry seedlings?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:52

Really that's a judgement - use the tip of your finger to see if they are moist - such tiny roots won't enjoy feeling water logged, they need air as well.  If they are in your kitchen, then ensure they are on the brightest windowsill - but watch out for scorching if we get any sun - I know, it sounds complicated but it isn't really, just needs thinking about when the weather changes as ours does so much.  Let the top of the compost become dry at least, then indeed spray rather than soak while they are babies.  Coddle them, like any other baby - human, animal or plant.  Thank you for putting the coin in to show their real size, that is thoughtful, as it is often hard to judge in a photograph.  Do you have anything like vermiculite or perlite?  The compost could be topped up with that, it will keep the stem of the plant dry, as damping off - rot of the tiny stem - can be a difficulty with little seedlings. 

Epson salt on Runner beans

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:55

Interesting Verdun, always good to hear other folks ideas and options, - either way, the beans need some help whichever you chose Stephen

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:54

Hmm, yes you are right, no splinting that I think.  You will just have to remove the falling split part as smoothly as you can, and hope that nature will do the rest.  In spite of not wanting to lose this years fruit, I'd be inclined to reduce its load as it has alot of healing to do, and may find that too much with fruit production - you'll be best judge of that.  Maybe clear the grass from around the roots a bit and give it some good feed to build it up as it heals - it doesn't need any competition at root level just now.  It is not absolutely certain tht you can save this, but it is always worth a try - why did it split int he first palce I wonder.  It looks as if a branch has come of that  area before?  

You've got some lovely trees in your garden, lucky you - ae they all productive fruit trees or a mixture?

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