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Fruit tree pruning - Spring or Winter, where are we?

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 19:12

Thank you.  So I need to find out whether they are spur or tip bearing.  Unfortunately the majority of plants in my garden are inherited so I have no idea of species.  Some I presume are meant to be cordons/espaliers that have got out of shape, I presume due to lack of maintenance during my grandfathers illness and subsequent passing.  The pear is a regular pear tree, I presume from previous fruit similar to conference although we did not have fruit last year.  Time for a bit of reading...

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 21:35
AuntyRach says:
I don't know what these are... but they are weeds to me and they have been (forceably) removed.  See original post

 Is that a grass?  Looks like one the prolifically self seeds in my garden.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 21:34

Wow you guys have been busy.  I've been sowing seeds, fighting against the rose bush leaving me with war wounds (I think I won but only time will tell) and hoping to prune hydrangeas and others as well as giving them a good feed. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 21:28

Lovely photos 

Fruit tree pruning - Spring or Winter, where are we?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 21:12

I understand that meteorologically spring starts on 20th March.  Having searched google, internet says the same.  

I was led to believe that pruning apple/pear trees is done in spring however I'm also given advice to prune in winter but avoid early Spring (and to prune in summer).  I've decided to hold off for now, the trees do not desperately need pruning but I like to keep on top of it.

In the gardening world, when should we class the season as spring and are we still classed as winter?  This is difficult to judge when seeing all the daffodils, primroses, crocuses etc in bloom already.  

Damping off

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 10:56

Our area by the sea is proving to be very moist, damp conditions for us.  No matter how I ventilate we still seem to suffer.  I have spaced out plants/trays and open doors in the daytime.  It could perhaps be due to temperature but I don't have a heater for the greenhouse so my options here are limited.  

I have noticed some damping off lately affecting some, not all, plants, so today I have removed any affected species/leaves etc and sprinkled the rest with cinnamon.  I hope this will help.  Thanks for the info above.  

Last edited: 15 February 2017 10:57:10

pet companions

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 09:33
Dave Humby says:

Here's Dudley who is a rescue from the RSPCA. He was a stray so no history, no name and no known age. He's been with us 5 weeks and had his first trim today after having to be totally shorn as he had very long matted hair when found. He's quite a character and loves being outside. How helpful he's going to be in the garden I'm not too sure 

Last edited: 14 February 2017 19:46:37

See original post

 I'm sure Dudley will be very helpful :-)

pet companions

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 09:32

  We have two very naughty beagles :-)

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 09:11

Thank you both, I'm actually enjoying the garden at the moment but we bought a lot of new plants last year and really looking forward to seeing how they develop. 

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