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Talkback: Growing fruit - pruning apple trees in summer

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 17:42
I have a Bramley and a discovery do I prune them now?

Talkback: Canker

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 17:40
I have 2 Apples and a pear, several other trees and shrubs arround. The pear has Canker and has had FOR YEARS! it has never spread or reduced the number of delicious pears we have every year.

All were planted over 30 years ago. Am I just lucky?

Pruning Fruit Trees

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 17:33

I have a Bramley and Discovery apple.  should I summer prune now?

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Posted: 19/05/2012 at 21:43

had not thought of doing so as we have a large family of grown up children and Grand Kids who will no doubt eat them before i get to that.  But if i do what advise do you give for drying?

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Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:19

will give them all a go.  the row is 10' long so should accomodate them all.


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Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:13

I now have some raised beds in my garden for veg growing  - the sort of stuff you want to pick little and often. In one bed I have errected canes for growing beans the length and breadth of bed.

Anyone any ideas what i can plant in the centre to finish picking before the beans block the sun?

I thought greyhound cabbage or sweet corn to grow up through. or pumpkin?


Posted: 10/05/2012 at 18:38

i took over a very neglected allotment 4 yrs ago.  It was also the worst plot on the site. clay,shallow soil, loads of stones and thick in rubbish and weeds; but the only one available so I took it on.

I cleared as much rubbish (old bits of plastic, carpets, wood, broken tools and even soem metal and glass!)  and stamped or cut as many weeds as possible.

I then covered almost the entire plot in thick cardboard - old packing boxes which you can ofter get on Feecycle. I  then began to work in a systematic way to clear an area at a time having first drawn a plan of what would go where.

I took over mine in early Autumn and so was able to clear the first patch for onions, shalots & garlic.  Next the perenial fruit, strawberry bed, Raspberry canes etc. and rhubarb.

All this time the weeds were dying under the cardboard and enriching the soil. Until I was at the stage when I dug straight through the rooting carboard and dug out the worst pernicious weeds and burnt them. 

As the soil was cleared through  to the spring i replaced some of the card board having first scattered dried chicken manure and coverd with well rotted farmyard manure or soil. I also planted loads of potatoes to help break it all up.

I could then plant through carboard for many of my plants but particularly , courgetes, beens, peas, sweetcorn.  This cut the back break of digging and most of my plot became a 'no dig'. year 2 were bumper years for the crops and i would do exactly the same again. 

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 16:43
I think I may have NZ flat worms in my garden. I found 3 largish worms with pointed heads and a pail fleshy grey colour. the underside seemeed to have edges which could be a bit like tracks to move along. in more than 40 years of gardening i have never seen anything like it.
Diffinately NOT earth worms or slow worms or anthything alse I know.
I killed them I am afraid and now i wonder if i have killed somethig i should not have.
If I find any more should I send the to soemone?
I live in the South of England
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