Latest posts by fidgetbones

Bitter pit

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 08:12

Bitter pit is caused by the tree being unable to take up enough calcium.  Some types of apple are more prone than others. If you can get some calcified seaweed (the french call it Maerl), then spread that all over the root area at 100g per sq metre . Then top dress with compost. If you can't  get that use a balanced fertiliser and water well during the growing season. Too much nitrogen ( grass cuttings as a mulch ) will exacerbate the problem. You can spray with calcium nitrate  but that is not easy with big trees.

Echinacea - when do I plant out ?

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 08:06

It depends on what protection you have. Small plants in small pots, I would put in the next size pot and then plant out in Spring after they show good growth. I would protect them in a greenhouse or cold frame. Larger plants in six inch pots or more can go straight out. Protect around them with grit or crushed  baked eggshells as the slugs love them when they start to come through.

Anyone use Wolf Garten multi-change tools?

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 19:00

I've got a very long extendible handle and an apple picking bag on it. It did a good job on the damson, pulling them off the branches , it seems tight enough.

Dealing with Summer Raspberry canes

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 18:55

If you cut them down you will have no fruit next year. I assume you mean there are only leaves on the top six inch of the cane. That is normal. Tie the new canes on to supports. In Spring side shoots will come out of the top foot or so which will bear next years fruit.  Give them a feed in March and then mulch heavily. The only canes I would cut out now are very spindly ones .  Leave  three or four strong canes to each  original plant. They should be at least a few inches apart.


Posted: 06/09/2017 at 22:54

I would hand fork it and remove any visible roots. It is getting too late this year for sprays to work. If you then reseed or turf in the Spring, and mow regularly that should sort it.

Growing Oak trees from acorns

Posted: 06/09/2017 at 17:20

I have potted four that the squirrels planted for me.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 06/09/2017 at 08:41

We spent our minimoon in St Ives, in Mid  October.  The weather was balmy, the tourist traps were deserted. It felt like we had Trewithen to ourselves.

My friend in Houston battled back to her ground floor flat to find it exactly as she left it, apart from some milk that had gone off in the fridge. The water came close but not in. She is now safely in Pittsburgh awaiting the imminent birth of her second grandchild.

Copper Beech Roots

Posted: 06/09/2017 at 08:34

If they have built such a structure two feet from a mature copper beech,  without taking  it down first, it may be the beech has a Tree Preservation Order on it.  It may damage the foundations. It may not.  Time will tell.

Plum tree fertilisation

Posted: 05/09/2017 at 14:38

Victoria is self fertile and also a useful pollinator.  I have three plum trees, but only the victoria really  fruits well. The others flower too early and the frost gets it.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 05/09/2017 at 13:35

Just so long as he doesn't  want a kidney, or an inheritance.

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