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Reshaping a plum/mirabelle

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:42

Thanks i suspected as much, looks like I either live with it or lose it.

Reshaping a plum/mirabelle

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 21:49

I have a Mirabelle de Nancy which is supposed to be a dwarf tree (max 8 foot).  It's near enough 20 foot tall and almost as wide, much bigger than the advertised size and is now over shadowing other cordon fruits nearby.

It's not only too big for its location but despite it flowering really well I can't cover it and pigeons strip every flower from it. (Oddly they don't touch my other plums or my greengage cordons.)

I need to cut it back hard to reduce the size and control the shape. Is this an option and just how hard can/should I cut it? It has a forked double trunk which would be fine with lower side shoots but would I kill it if I cut it right back to that degree?


Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 15:11

Perlite is made from a naturally occuring volcanic glass which is heated to about 800 degrees when the moisture in the rock causes it to expand rather like popcorn forming little air bubbbles.  It is completely inert but good for both aeration and holding moisture I find it to be superior to the flaked silica of vermiculite as it is much longer lasting in heavy soils

Peach tree

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 14:55

Try Reads Nursery for a flat, loose stone peach whcih is a heavy cropper, absolutely delicious and hardy.  It will just need a little protection for the blossom in spring to allow the fruit to set and trained as a fan against a wall this would be easy with fleece.

I'm currently eating about 4 a day from our local market and am planning to buy one myself.

Ponoma Fruits also have one called Jalousia which is reputed to be very sweet, but there's aren't ready trained so will take a liittle longer to crop.

Raised asparagus bed

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 15:32

Hi Ruby3,

I don't seem to have a great deal of trouble so far with weeds.  The bed is only just in it's 3rd year and is mostly new compost/manure which naturally acted as a mulch killing alot of the seeds etc of the original plot which was a lawn.  I only seem to get a bit of chickweed and the odd dandelion seedling and these are easy to pull if I get them when they're young.

My biggest concern is how deeply can I get away with burying the crowns now I've raised the sids of the bed.  Being inexperienced I didn't plant them very deep when I first put them in so could probably get away with an extra 4 inches but all at once or over a couple of years?  I've just put on about an inch of spent compst from soem potatoes grown in bags last year so I might just add a bag of manure now to feed it and then top it up again in autumn when I cut down the ferns.

Raised asparagus bed

Posted: 26/03/2012 at 10:13

I have a shallow raised bed of asparaus which is just 3 years old and I am about to replace the temprary wooden edging used to create it.  The new edging will allow me to increase the depth of the bed by about 3 inches giving the crowns a deep mulch of both manure and compost.  Should I mulch to this depth straight away or do it over a couple of years?  Aslo should I do it now just as it's about to starrt gowing or leave it to the end of the season?

Talkback: Collecting fallen leaves

Posted: 07/12/2011 at 13:39

I've often thought of collecting leaves from the road side as we get huge piles gathering from oak and beech trees but get put off by the thought of the traffic fumes affecting the resulting leaf mould.  We're only talking about a country road not a motorway so I suppose even if the leaves are polluted it's not going to be by a huge amount and if I don't use it in the veg garden it should be ok.

We had sweet peas in flower right into November (North Derbyshire)

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