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Gardening quiz.

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:19

Which succulent am I most looking forward to seeing on my West Country holiday this year?

Cooking or eating apples?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:15

Check out the National Trust Apple Days  They usually have someone who will have a go at identifying your apples for you if you take a few apples and leaves.  Other organisations hold apple days in the autumn too, so Google and see what's on in your area

It's early yet to know what colour the apples are going to be - the greener ones may just be later ripeners. 

The best way to find out whether your apples are cookers or eaters is by trial and error - your apples are ripe when you can lift the apple and with a slight twist it comes away - then try eating it raw, cooking with it using different types of recipe - some apples are fluffy when they're cooked, and they're good for purees, baked apples, apple sauce etc, whereas some hold their shape and they're good for pies and tarts.

Try storing a few - some apples are better after they've been stored a while

It's possible that the varieties you have will have been chosen to be in the same pollination group as each other, to ensure a good crop, so that may help narrow down the search a bit. 

There's a hugh number of varieties

Good luck

Gardening quiz.

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 06:53

Dahlia 'After Eight'?

strange looking seedling

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 06:47

That's what I'd say too.

Topping off tomato & no. of trusses?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 06:43

If they're cordon tomatoes and growing outside 5 trusses is usually as many as I can get to ripen in one season so I'd pinch the tops out of the plants to stop any more developing.

However, 5 trusses on a plant 3 ft tall is a lot - is yours one of the mini varieties of tomato?  If so it may well produce more quite happily ............ what do other people think?


people moving into an area and paving over the front garden

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 06:38
Katherine W wrote (see)

Funny I never thought of drive surfaces in light of flooding potential... ..

It is a real problem here in the UK, with large areas of suburbia and new estates now under block paving - rain rushes off and the drains can't cope - there are rules now about how the paving is laid to make it less of a problem, but I suspect that very few new installations adhere to them


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 06:33

Good morning Hosta and any/everyone else

It's a lovely morning out there - wall to wall blue sky and sunshine - the hedgehogs have emptied their dishes - the robins didn't appear at all yesterday - I hope they come back today - I've got them some more mealworms ... 


Moving house with many many potted plants, bushes etc

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 06:27

If you're employing a removal firm, they'll move the pots for you too .

Good luck

Plant identification

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 21:15

Yes, Ceropegia woodii - I know it as Hearts Entangled - I had one for years and years - I gave it to Wonky when I moved house and no longer had anywhere high enough for it to trail from.  It was about 8 ft long.

You can plant those tubers to make new plants.

Sage gone wild

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 20:47

I  cut mine back to about 8" in the spring, it soon regrows and at the moment is occupying an area of about a 3ft x 3ft.

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Weather warning! 
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