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A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 09:54
sotongeoff wrote (see)

No-get them outside they do not need greenhouse protection -they are hardy plants-you not want to encourage any early leaf growth make keeping them cosy.

They will be fine

Brilliant thanks a lot.

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 08:37

Hi All

I got my apple trees potted in some lovely soil and they seem to be doing great.  My worry now is the forecast for the next few weeks in Teesside looks to have lots of freezing temperatures overnight, would people recommend that I put them in the greenhouse for a few weeks until this period has passed?  Or should I ideally be moving them in and out of the greenhouse as and when it is freezing?

Many thanks peeps.

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 21:17
Hi thanks for the replies, I will pot them up first thing tomorrow and only put them in greenhouse if snow and frost returns and bring them back out afterwards, I've got some really good compost. As for the pollination I have actually received 1 cox orange pippin and 1 laxtons superb tree and it seems these will pollinate each other, which is great!

Any other tips would be very much appreciated.

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 21:00
I should add that I do have a greenhouse if they can be kept in there until they can be planted in the garden?

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 20:38
Hi all I just received 2 bare root cox apple trees that are a few years old in the post today and I was wondering whether I can temporarily plant these In very large pots for a couple of months until my currently muddy-bog of a garden is finished and we have decided where to plant the trees? We already have 2 very large wooden planters, would they be ok? Any help would be brilliant, let me know if you need more info.

Anyone dismantled and moved a greenhouse before??

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 07:21
Welshonion wrote (see)

If the sections can be moved without taking out the glass it will be so much quicker and easier and you are less likely to break the glass.

We have moved our wooden Alton 5 times and I should think the principle is the same.

Door first.  Then roof sections. Then sides.  Then ends. Have lengths of wood available to brace the bits when you remove sections.  Two people make it simple. Do not do it when the wind is blowing.  Do not leave it incomplete overnight. If the nuts and bolts are difficult to undo, apply oil to them and leave overnight for them to loosen.  Make sure you have plenty of new bolts, clips, etc before you start, so you don't have to go and get some more mid-construction

It is far easier to wash the glass at ground level, especially the inside of the roof sections.

When you reconstruct make sure everything is square.  Start by putting the end opposite the door in place and brace it firmly.  Then off you go.

In my experience it is inevitable you will hear the tinkle of broken glass. But with luck it will only be one sheet.

Wonderful that is what I was wanting to know, thanks very much, I won't be doing it for a week or so until my dad is back home from the rigs but I will try and let you know how it goes!


Anyone dismantled and moved a greenhouse before??

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 22:01

Hi There

Yes greenhouse is aluminium, the area I am moving it to is already paved over and no weeds are getting through so it should be ok to just move over but I like the idea of raising it up a bit for extra height.

I was mainly wondering the best way to go about dismantling it, ie take door off first then could the 4 sides be taken off to be moved without dismantling every single pane of glass?

Thanks for the advice anyway.

Anyone dismantled and moved a greenhouse before??

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 19:02

Hi All

We have just moved in to a new house and there is an old greenhouse which I want to dismantle, clean-up and move to a nicer spot at the top of my garden where we are going to grow veg and fruit.

Judging by the state of disrepair the house was in I would say it is probably 20 year old and is a full size greenhouse with sliding door and temperature-controlled pressure opening window.

Has anybody ever taken one of these to bits and if so which sides do I take off first? have you any tips to ensure I don't ruin any panes? Would a jet washer get the old moss off?

If you can give me any tips that would be great, thanks in advance!

Also if necessary I can upload some pics of it here tomorrow.

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 22:05

HI all

Thanks for the great replies, I am thinking that i will spend a few quid and get myself a good weedkiller then and do a couple of applications, would you all agree that roundup would be the best to use or has anyone used anything similar that may be cheaper?  The plot size off the top of my head is approx 2m x 8m for the small border in the back garden which needs killing and the front garden is approx 6m x 6m but I may still go the bleach route (for cheapness) in the front as we may just be paving or cementing over this, I am not working right now so it all boils down to cash.

As far as the plots go, when we moved in a few months back we saw which plants were growing and there was nothing appealing, it was prodiminantly Ivy which was everywhere and a real b*gger to get rid of, there were some flowers but nothing even slightly appealing, there must have been 15 yellow rose bushes!  Also there were lots of thorny bushes and these had to come out as my basset hound pup was chewing them.

If you guys could reply regarding which weedkiller you would suggest for the back then that would be smashing, thanks!  Also can I ask would weedkiller also kill unwanted plants too if their roots were still there? I do actually want to do this as there will still be ivy, rose and bramble bush roots pretty deep underground.

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:27

HI All

We have just spent a couple of weeks digging out lots of horrible brick walls and crazy paving in our new house.  The front and the back had so many plants, thorny bushes, tonnes of rose bushes (not our cup of tea at all) and awful weeds growing all over that we basically levelled everything with a strimmer and we have tried to dig up as much as poss but it is an impossible task.  We really need a quicker fix as I have just had a back operation and cannot be digging for hours, we need to know what we can use on the soil to kill off the roots of all the plants and weeds this year, ready to be turfed over and some new plants planted next spring. 

People where I walk my pup have mentioned using plain old bleach to me, someone else said caustic soda and another said diesel, whatever it is it has to be a cheap and cheerful solution and I have to be able to re-plant stuff next year.

If you can give me any advice that would be super, thanks in advance peeps.

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