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Gooseberry Bush Seems To Be Dying

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 13:13

My 8 yr old Invicta gooseberry bush with about six branches has died except one branch. There is a new shoot coming up from base of plant. Should I dig it out or cut dead off and encourage new growth?

how long do gooseberries survive?  Do I just need to replace mine?


planting in cold weather?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:34

Think your argyranthmum will have been grown in a warm poly tunnel!  So be kind and keep it indoors over night, perhaps put it outside in a sheltered sunny spot for an hour or two in the daytime.

You can take cuttings quite easily by cutting off  side shoots,  strip some leaves off stem to give 5-7cm stem to plant around edge of a small pot of potting compost.  Put a plastic bag over(don't let it touch leaves) after watering and keep on a warm windowsill for a month.  When they are growing roots will appear out of bottom of pot,  transplant into individual pots.  I always take a few cuttings of new plants if big enough to take side shoots just as insurance and I like more for my money!!!!!!

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:17

I ve just planted a blue solanum on a sunny wall which is evergreen-I think- apparently once established grows very well.  Can't wait for it to take off-there is a white flowered variety too.  it is a member of the potato family and berries are poisonous.  A friend  has an evergreen summer flowering jasmin which always looks good but it needs sun.  i have a winter flowering jasmin which has very welcome yellow flowers early, sometimes end of January(I am on south coast!)  

Have fun climbing up your fence!

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:37

Blackmoor Nursery on line I have found reliable, so far!  I have bought strawberry plants, raspberries, a sweet cherry on a new smallish rootstock, grapes and a family pear. They also send a regular news letter including offers, check lists and useful tips. Supermarket fruit trees don't always tell what rootstock they are and that is very important. In my first garden 40 yrs ago, as a newbee gardener I planted 3 half standard apples thinking that was small!  They filled the garden! Ask around and see what grows well in your area.  Google apples for your county.

Good luck!

You can't beat picking your own fruit then sitting looking at the tree whilst eating it! 


Posted: 19/10/2012 at 20:05

My nephew showed a great interest in growing chillis indoors!  Good thought I- ideas for birthday and Christmas cascaded into my mind!  I provided him with lights temp. green house, 10 ltre pots  with reservoir, seeds, feed etc. over several years.  He became very successful but they did grow very tall even with lights and green fly became abit of a problem!  He learnt that they are perenial shrubs and could be kept for several years producing much fruit! The least hot part of a chilli is the tip furthest from stalk!  Something useful when demonstrating how tough you can be eating a raw hot chilli!!! Not recommended with nagas!

I m making chilli jam this year-yummy with cold meats and cheese-also a good way to add kick to any meat dish easily!

Good Luck

Raspberry brown leaf

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:49

look at magnesium deficiency on this site! my autumn raspberries always came through pale and yellow.  So I dressed them with epsoms salts early before start of growth then at first sign of yellowing leaves watered over leaves with dissolved epsom salts in water-they then looked much better!  I am moving them this year as getting v congested and woody.  They are 6-7 yrs old!don t know if that is old for raspberries!

Brand New Garden - 1 Year on

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:49

Hi John

You are doing a grand job!   I envy you,  having had a garden for 35 years but now live in a flat! If I started again I would plant fruit trees, training them around the edges as espalias and fans etc -you get the height, blossom and then the fruit, then the taste! Dwarf root stock is VERY important in a small garden!  Morello cherry will be happy facing north and looks delightful fan trained. Grape vine will give you some shade over the patio and grapes in autumn together with beautiful autumn colour! Carol Cliens Growing Fruit is useful book.  You can get family trees with grafted branches giving different types of apples or pears on each tree. I have always fancied a moon gate! A circular opening in a wall or fence-of Chinese origin.  This could be created once your far border has grown by cutting a hole in it to see thro to the field beyond! Perhaps edged with two fruit trees curved round!  A traditional metal gate in the far fence and a path leading to it with a mirror behind gate facing into garden makes illusion of your garden going on and on!!! Oh dear perhaps I should move and get myself another garden! Good luck!

Talkback: How to grow onions, shallots and garlic

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 22:20
Now I see March 4th on label!! silly me!

Talkback: How to grow onions, shallots and garlic

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 22:18
you don't say WHEN to plant sets????

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 21:43

Hi Campbell McKee

I too had trouble with root veg till I tried an "old timers" method.  In March make a line of tapered holes, wiggling a broken handle of a spade/fork 30cms down.  Fill hole with compost mixed with fine soil, water and firm, plant 2 FRESH parsnip seeds and cover with mix.  Once germinated remove weakest seedling.  For carrots make a V drill about 15cms deep, fill with similar mix as for parsnips, water, plant seeds such as "FLYAWAY", cover and thin as usual.  I have also had success with carrots planted in a 45cm high tub.  The flies skim the ground apparently!

Good Luck.

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