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About to snuff it?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 16:07

It could be oedema brought about by over watering or high humidity.

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 15:59

Festooning is a great technique to use on plums, encourages flowering/fruiting and also controls vigour.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:55

Good to have Gardeners World back and to see Nigel fit and well. Wonder if Monty has got much gardening done so far this week because I know I haven't And 2-3 feet of hardcore for a path, he must be expecting some heavy traffic?



Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:39

I think the idea artjak is to remove the nutrients from the Koi pond water 

modern farmer revives old irish famine variety

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 11:02

He's done well to get enough potatoes to sell after last years summer.

And I hadn't realised supermarkets had been around for so long to be honest 

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 15:23

Please stop Verdun, I've googled the geraniums you've listed and added more to my ever growing wish list of plants. Elke is a lovely little plant!

Talkback: Top 10 plants for a dream garden

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 13:24

I'd rather have a good summer Kate but each to their own 

Fruit for amatures

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 15:57

Autumn fruiting Raspberries are very good, expensive to buy in the shops but easy to grow. Just cut them down to the ground in February every year and that's it. You don't even need supports for them.

Another good choice are blackcurrants. Again fairly easy to grow and maintain. Pruning is relatively easy and can be done when you're harvesting the fruits in summer.

As sotongeoff suggests, strawberries are fantastic, but be warned blackbirds love them too!!

cordoned fruit trees

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 15:42

I grow cordon fruit trees and they are very easy to grow and maintain. I would start with bare rooted maidens as these are quicker to establish and cheaper than pot grown two/three year old ones. As long as you pick the right type and rootstock for a restricted form of tree then you'll be fine. For apples I'd go for a M26 rootstock, or if your soil is poor or the variety you're growing is a less vigorous grower then MM106 rootstock would be better. Don't grow a tip bearing apple as these aren't suited to being grown this way. I would also suggest pears grown as cordons rather than plum or cherry which are probably too vigorous and not ideal for cordons (free standing, ie standard, or fans are better for these in my opinion).

Keepers nursery probably have the widest selection of apple/fruit varieties and different rootstocks than anywhere else. Their website is also a good reference for fruit types. You're probably too late for this season for bareroot choices though.

There are loads of apples and pears well suited to growing as cordons, Fiesta, Greensleeves and Scumptious are good choices for eating apples. Sunset is another one. Annie Elizabeth is a not too vigorous cooking apple that would be well suited too. Bramley, although a fantastic apple is probably a little too vigorous to be grown as a cordon.

If you did want to grow pears then Beth, Onward, Concorde and Conference are all fantastic varieties to grow.

As with all newly planted trees, keep them well watered in the first couple of seaons and if starting from a maiden don't let them fruit for at least the first year to give the roots a chance to get well developed to support fruit production. It's always very temping to let them fruit early but trust me you'll benefit by being a little patient.

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 15:04

It does appear to be some type of Fallopia although not one of the more commonly grown ones (Russian vine)

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