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Planning for pruning grafted apple branches

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 21:53

I'm interested in grafting different varieties of apple onto existing trees, but how should I plan for future pruning? I don't want to accidentally prune off too much of the grafted parts.

Gunnera in a bath

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 07:35
Clueless in kerry says:

Does it not already have a hole in it?? 

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Of course, and that could be plugged, or further holes could be added, so what difference does that make?

Gunnera in a bath

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 21:44
Guernsey Donkey2 says:

>>Do you mean a galvanized tin bath elderberry?

No, it's a regular bath (fibreglass & polyester maybe?). It doesn't matter though, since it will be buried.

Gunnera in a bath

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 19:31

We've got a gunnera in a pot, and we've got an old bath, so we were thinking of sinking the bath in the soil and putting the gunnera in it, to make a restricted bog garden area. But where should we drill holes in the bath, if at all?

Greenhouse Footings

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 06:09

How did you anchor that one, Matt?

Greenhouse Footings

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 08:44

If I'm concreting in the feet of my 10'x 6' greenhouse, how big do the concrete feet need to be, in SE England where we rarely get frost and the soil is pretty free draining into chalk? Advice I've had so far varies from digging 36" deep (!), to someone saying they should be 'about the size of a brick'. I've even read one comment that said the glass is so heavy, I won't need feet. Also, my base has 10x 8mm holes which could be used to attach, so should I be making 10 little feet, or maybe only 4 bigger ones? The holes are not on the corners, and there are no corner spikes.

Late-summer apples?

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 16:27
Berghill says:

We have Ashmead's Kernel which is just about ready here in North Shropshire. Also Court Pendu Plat which is a later flowering variety too.

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 Thanks; I really want something earlier though.

Late-summer apples?

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 16:17

I have an early summer apple, plus James Grieve, Bramley and Gala which are fruiting now. I'd like something to fill in the gap, in my Sussex neutral to alkali soil, shaded sheltered garden. Any suggestions?


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 06:15

I've got a large Skimmia which never produces berries. How can I tell if it's male or female? Also, if it happens to be female, could I acquire  a self-fertile plant to pollinate it, or would I need a male?

Draining a pond

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 09:37

I've got a pond which is about 3m x 2m, which I'm thinking of partially draining to clean around the 'shelves' , while leaving the fish in the central deep section, which occupies about a third of the surface area. I have so many fish that I don't want to have to put them all in a holding tank. Of course, it could be that they will get too crowded in the water that remains, but I won't know that until I start draining. Any suggestions?

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