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Small container tree

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:48
One of the small acers is what I was going to suggest too - snap Bob !

Gallardia

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:44
Mine is a Flopper too . Next year i shall be staking

stepover trees

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 17:57
Ours are just going in to their first winter - we have pruned anything that was heading in the wrong direction (usually skywards) and tied in extension growth along a frame - bit by bit, tightening the tie once a fortnight. Ours are pears, and we will be removing next years fruit early to let them concentrate on putting roots down.

The ones at Wisley are our inspiration, but we have a few years to go before the trunks get that big !

What fruit are you growing ?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 07:36
Turned chilly here - i know as i am standing shivering on a station platform waiting for a train. Time to dig out the winter coat

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:54

Barbara What a lovely way of thinking about it

Winter Readings

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:38
I like personal reccomendations too - I'm never totally convinced that internet reviews haven't been written by the author or publisher

Apples

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:52

Lots of useful advice on fruit trees on the websites of Ashridge trees, orange pippin trees and Pomona.  You need to choose complementary varieties to get the pollination right, and these sites have fairly simple guides (to a pretty complicated subject).

sounds a great idea btw - trained apple trees look fab ! 

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:47

Missed the boat on this one, but Sunset is a good Cox-like apple which is less troublesome to grow.  Ours produces a lovely crop - now in year 5.

we were also advised to remove all the fruit in the year after planting our new fruit trees, and only allow a few the next year, to give them a chance to establish strong roots.  Seems to have paid dividends here.

Follow On Planting Combinations

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:37

Only just starting to grow veg here, so these are tips from a rookie. This year we used radishes and cut and come again salad leaves whenever we had a bit of spare space, and next year we are going to follow Monty's advice and grow a couple of courgette plants on the ground below the sweetcorn once that has got tall enough not to be swamped.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 23:29

Wonderful Dave - what a transformation

Discussions started by chicky

Mahonia - anyone got a good one ?

 
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Grass ID

Does anyone know what type of grass this is? 
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Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

What to do and when? 
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Gardens we have visited 2016

Pictures of our garden outings 
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Hellebores - black spot?

All my hellebores have distorted leaves🙄 
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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

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Strange flower buds - ID??

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Love lies bleeding from seed

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Have I got an orchid???

New flower appeared in grassmeadow 
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Gardening on TV

A thread for TV alerts - no whines please !! 
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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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Jasmin - officinale or trachelspermum??

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How big are vine weevil grubs?

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Indoor hyacinths - are they ready for some light??

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