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Best temp for both citrus and apples?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 16:01

It's far more sensible and will be much more productive to grow the fruits that are happiest in the temperatures that you have, rather than try to grow things that will be permanently stressed by too high or too low temperatures and the wrong sort of rainfall. 

Driveway ideas

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:11

Added to the above, gravel on concrete or tarmac can be dangerous as it is very easy to slip on - my brother broke his ankle which needed pinning in two places when his foot slipped on a gravel drive.

Pruning mature flowering cherry tree

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:51

Cherries should be pruned in the summer to lessen the risk of Silver Leaf Disease, so June/July would be a good time.

It's a good idea to study the form of the tree now while it's without many leaves - taking photos and marking on them which branches need pruning will enable you remove branches in a way that will enhance rather than spoil the shape of the tree.  In most cases it's better to take a branch out rather than shorten it.  Also take out any branches which are dead or dying or showing signs of disease, and any that are crossing others or rubbing them. 

After pruning I'd sprinkle the ground around it with some Fish Blood & Bone meal, give it a good soaking watering and then mulch with compost or well-rotted farmyard manure (don't allow manure to touch the trunk of the tree).  That'll perk it up no end for next year. 


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:43

This thread has lots of useful informatiion 

Good luck and don't hesitate to ask questions 

Magnolia from Cuttings

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:39

Layering is the easiest method if possible - info here  

I think my sweet peas have sunscald - what to do?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:37

The weatherman on R4 just now said that the sun is as strong in April as it is in August - not here this afternoon it isn't, but I know what he means.

The problem might have been caused by strong sunlight if the leaves were wet - it's good to water the soil rather than the plant itself. 

mystery tree

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:35
nutcutlet wrote (see)

wheat and rape not quite next door this year Dove. The rape was being sprayed this morning, the wheat yesterday


Probably a fungicide on the rape then - try not to breath if the wind's blowing in your direction 

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:32

Think that agrees with what Italophile and I said   apart from adding oyster shell - it shouldn't be needed in a well-balanced commercial compost, but if making your own the addition of some ground down oyster-shell would be a good idea (available from stockists of poultry feed as Oystershell Grit).

mystery tree

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:29

We'll have to wait and see what the OP thinks or if the other photos turn up - leaves would be a help 

Do you think they've sprayed nitrogen?  It's a bit early for pesticide/fungicide - you've got wheat around you this year haven't you? 

Lawn nutrients

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:26

You need to do it when it's going to rain ....... how reliable are your forecasters? 

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