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Apricot from seed

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 09:06

I wonder if anyone can advise me about what to do with some seedlings I have successfully germinated from shop bought apricots?

I have them in 3" pots on my windowsill and 4 have germinated and are growing away quite happily. The roots are now coming through the bottom of the pots but I am concerned that the growth is very leggy and starting to bend at the top. Is this normal or should I pinch out the tips? I have never attempted to grow a tree from seed so not sure what to do at this stage. I know that if my veg seeds get too leggy this is not a good thing but am a bit confused about trees re the trunks etc.


Posted: 04/11/2015 at 08:53

I have read this thread with interest as we bought a shredder a few years ago and quickly took it back as it continually jammed. The problem I have is that now I mainly want to shred green garden waste and leaves for the compost heap and only the odd tougher branches fro pruned shrubs . Using a lawn mower is not an option. Does anyone know of a shredder that would do this as well as the usual thicker branches?

tomato woes

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 02:25

I think I did use a different compost when I potted on the plants Bob. It was one that had something like Growmore added to the bags. Didn't think of this till you mentioned it. I am just hoping now that I will get enough green tomatoes to  make the chutney I make every year! Thank you for your reply.

tomato woes

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:31

As in previous years I grew my tomatoes from seed. I have used gardeners delight and country taste. For some reason all my plants put on about 4'-5' of growth before producing flowers. This has meant that they are only just at the flowering stage with a few small tomatoes  and I doubt that I will get any kind of crop this year. I have some in a porch, some in a shed, some in pots outside  and some in the ground. All have the same growth habit. What is so annoying is that a few left over plants I gave to my sister have grown in the usual way and she has a nice crop on each plant.

Can anyone throw any light on what has happened to my plants this year? It is the first time in over 40yrs I have had a problem.

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 09:31

Happy growing Birdychurp. Whilst I have been gardening for over 50yrs I am still learning and still waiting to "get there" so you are not alone! . As I said my dad was a gardener and I learned a lot of the old ways from him. I am really a veggie gardener although I have expanded into fruit etc. Even after all these years there is so much to learn. I only know what I know if you see what I mean? Really admire the knowledgeable gardeners who know the names, growing conditions etc. for everything. Like you If it is something I am unsure of I ask here where you get lots of advice, sometimes  contradictory; and look it up on the internet. There are one or two really good books out there also depending on whether you are organic or not you can take your pick. Also if you do a search on this site you might find lots of other advice about rhubarb. Mine is only what works for me of course but you could check it out using the other sources if you want to be sure.

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 08:35

HI Again Birdychurp  Just had a thought. I am assuming that it is the forcing that you are new to??? If the rhubarb is in its first full year IE you put it in sometime last year it is recommended that you do not pick from it in the first season. If this is the case once it gets going again perhaps it would be wise to let it alone this year.

Every few years I dig up my whole plant and split it up as over the years the centre seems to die away. My dad who was a gardener used to do this every 5 years. He dug the crown up in the late autumn and split away the best bits from the outside. He then left these on the surface to get frosted over winter and then replanted them in early spring. Obviously if you do this you have to leave these newly planted crowns for a year to get established. As I have several plants I only do one at a time so that I have plenty of stems each year.

If yours is an established plant I am sure it will be away again soon so happy picking.

Wildlife driven out of my garden.

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 20:25

I sympathise Mike. I too suffer from neighbours cats!!! The lady in question assures me that cats do NOT mess in other peoples gardens only in their own. I beg to differ. Like you my garden stinks of cat pee and I have had to start wearing gloves when I garden as I was fed up of tangling with their mess. As I predominately vegie garden they are really attracted to  my beds and are constantly scratching up my seeds and seedlings.

I have 3 sonic cat things strategically placed and my other half charges out and shouts at them if we see them but have found no really reliable way to keep them out of the garden. A dog is not an option. If it was a dog causing this sort of disruption it would be considered unacceptable so why do people think it is ok for a cat.

Rant over. Does anyone out there have any good tips  (apart fro the dog ownership one) for discouraging unwanted feline visitors?

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 20:16

Rhubarb and ginger jam is one of my all time favourites and I always make some every year. Only bettered by bramble and apple methinks. I am awaiting a delivery of supposedly 10mth a year crowns, so we shall see how they do. Last year my son over picked  my early sticks but given a few weeks the plant recovered and we were picking for weeks.

Moving a cherry tree - yikes!

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 20:10

HI Millie9. I have just moved a cherry tree of a similar size. I had it in a huge home build wooden crate that it had outgrown. I did it last week just before the leaf buds were starting to break. ( well when I say "I" substitute a really helpful lad from the local garden centre as I am of advanced years!). We are far north so things a bit behind up here. It looks as if it is too late to move your tree this year but once it is dormant you would be able to dig it up and reposition it. There are several clips of how to do this on the internet but the main thing is to have the new site prepared beforehand and to take up as much of the root ball as you can. When we replanted mine we did do some judicial pruning of the roots but did not put any compost etc. in the new hole as I was advised this would stop it from pushing out new roots in search of nutriments into the surrounding ground.

Blueberry tree leaves have gone brown and dropped off

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 20:01

I have 7 blueberry bushes bought from various sources from Aldi to a local garden centre. Some do very well others less so. The ones I have in pots fare best as I can control the soil conditions better. I must admit that I just put them in pots and let them get on with it only watering if it gets really dry in the summer. So far I have had really good crops and this the 4th year will be the first one when  I will start to feed them as I don't want to repot them. The one I got free from a magazine although it took a year or two to get going is now doing really well and the others all seem to have flowers and leaves starting to show well. I am in the far north west of England so depending on where you are and your local climate conditions would expect the shrubs to be coming into flower and leaf by now.

Like others above I think you have done the right thing and if it were me I would be taking them back to the supplier and asking for replacements of refunds.

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