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When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: Yesterday at 20:14

I prune out old wood after picking the blackcurrants. You can prune now though. Just take out oldest wood to keep an open shape. It will fruit on one year old wood, better on two year old wood ,but three year old is not as good . Take out the oldest wood, and renew on a three year cycle. I use loppers and cut down to the base.

Root Trainers for Sweet Peas?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:57

I found that they went mouldy. The root systems in toilet roll tubes were not as good as those in roottrainers.


Posted: Yesterday at 18:47

Did I miss winter?

I've got primula viallii and clematis montana in flower. Also a discovery apple I summer pruned for fruiting buds has responded by flowering.


Posted: Yesterday at 17:40

If it stings its a nettle. You may have some foxgloves mixed up with it. Have you a photo?

Disappointed with new shed.. how far to take it.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:38

I had a stair hall and landing carpet laid once. When it was down there was a line across . The carpet layer said it would hoover out. It didn't. A man from the shop came out, and offered me £50 for the fault or relay with new carpet. I had it relaid with new carpet. £50 would not have covered the annoyance at looking at the fault.

If you paint the shed yourself, will it niggle you ?

I think I would ask for a new shed to the correct standard size and specification.


Posted: Yesterday at 17:33

Hope you are feeling better, Dove.

I cant go Charlie Dimmock, for the same reason I don't run. Grave danger of knocking myself out.

I've taken cuttings off Amistad and a couple of other salvias, and my argyranthemum paris daisy.  I've also emailed Hayloft about the phlox plants ordered in April, delivered in July , and  7 out of 12 still not come up.  This was a surprise, I was expecting 2 to resurrect from the dead looking roots that were sent. I also emailed Parkers to see where my bulbs were, I want to get them in before I go away. Parkers replied 30 mins later, will be sent this week. Hayloft , only an automated reply....

OH has gone to get his holiday jabs. My arms ached for three days after, I gather thats a good sign, it shows an immune response.  Now I've only got to find the suntan lotion that I bought in early August and someone has tidied into a safe place....

Curry for tea. These onions are really strong this year, I can't get the smell off my hands.

Have a good evening folks.

Disappointed with new shed.. how far to take it.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:19

9ft 7 is not close enough to 10ft. Is the one on display 10ft?

Plum tree - possible bacterial canker...

Posted: Yesterday at 16:06

I had an apricot which had a similar cracking, and weeping. One half of the tree died, and we cut it out. The rest looked sick for a long time. We eventually cut the lot down this year after a lot of prevaricating. I suspect yours will never be right. I would take it out now.

Root Trainers for Sweet Peas?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:56

I love deep root trainers for sweet peas.

Floppy poppies

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 17:42

If its an oriental poppy, now is the ideal time to take root cuttings.....or it may split easily into "irishmans cuttings" a bit of shoot with a bit of root already attached.

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