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Pear tree pruning

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 14:26

Thank you for your advice, Verdun. I will prune them back as you describe.

Rhubarb rescue plan

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:58

3 ideas for rhubarb recipes: Ginger - Orange - Strawberries

1. Cut rhubarb in pieces and put it in an oven proof dish. Add chopped stem ginger from a jar and pour in some of the sugar syrup as well. Lid on. Cook in oven at 170C for 30 min. Add sugar if it is not sweet enough.

2. Cut rhubarb in pieces and put in an oven proof dish.  Add a whole orange cut in pieces. Add caster sugar to taste. Lid on. Cook in oven at 170C for 30 minutes approx.

3. Cut rhubarb in pieces and put in an oven proof dish. Add caster sugar to taste. Cook in oven at 170C for 20 minutes approx. Add cut up strawberries and put back in oven for 7 minutes. Delicious!

Crumble topping for any of these:

50g porridge oats, 50g plain flour, 125g ground almonds, 50g soft brown sugar,

90g unsalted butter, 50g chopped almonds or pistachios or pecans

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients to make the crumble. Add the chopped nuts.


Pear tree pruning

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:29

I have moved to a new house and have a  Conference Pear tree with quite a lot of pears on. It has lots of long spurs that have grown this year. How should I prune it and when? The tree is probably 7 or 8 years old.

Water lilies

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:24

I have just made a new pond and have put some water lilies in it. Some have had flowers blooming already and others have buds coming. What do you do with them to help them bloom again next year? Do you re pot them or give them food tablets? If so do you do this in the Spring or when? Any tips for looking after water lilies would be welcome.

Best tasting rhubarb

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 15:32

Thanks Logan. I will read it carefully.

Plant ID - Couple of Rogue Plants Inc Spanish/English Bluebell help

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 14:00

English bluebells flower on one side of the stem only. The leaves are thinner and strappier than Spanish ones. The bluebells in the photo look like Spanish type ones - I have the same. See if they are flowering  from all around the stem or not. If they are then they are Spanish or a cross.

Best tasting rhubarb

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 13:53

When my rhubarb comes from DT Browns do you think I should use mycorrhizal funghi around it to help it grow well? I have got some but don't know if this would be a good idea with rhubarb.

Best tasting rhubarb

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:34

Thank you Leif - I will put in lots of my garden compost , chicken manure pellets and some sand.

I have ordered 2 rhubarbs  from DT Browns after reading Logan's advice - one is Poulton's Pride and one is Livingstone - both say they will crop in the autumn. It will be interesting to see if they really do.

Best tasting rhubarb

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 13:30

I am doing a raised bed because I am on solid clay and there is no depth to the soil.

Best tasting rhubarb

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 20:05

Thank you  Logan - I have just ordered some from DT Brown . It sounds good and they say it keeps going through the summer and autumn. I am going to prepare a raised bed with chicken manure ready for it.

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Pear tree pruning

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Best tasting rhubarb

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what is the maximum depth needed for a wildlife pond? 
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How deep in the water 
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How do you prick out antirrhinum

Tiny seedlings - when and how to prick out? 
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Which French bean to grow on WINDY site? 
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