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Storing Spring Onions

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 18:14

I would have thought that successional sowing would be the best idea for having the freshest spring onions. spring onions are pretty perishable after a while so i would not think they would be much good after a couple of weeks in the fridge

CluelessGardener looks to have found the answer though. Perhaps you could look into pickling them?

spacing apple cordons/minarettes grown over arch

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 17:09

I would say that the spacing ideas that you have there Tulipgirl sounds about right. If you plant on each corner I think you should be about right. Pick trees that are grafted onto the appropriate rootstock so that they don't become too vigorous.

Storing Spring Onions

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 17:03

Agree with Welshonion here. You're not talking about Onion sets that you plant in the Spring are you?

Inherited Cherry Tree

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 17:01

There is a Gisela 5 rootstock which your tree could be grafted on to? should produce a manageable tree about 3M tall.

Are the buds/flowers getting frost damaged in the Spring? Are you feeding the tree with a high potash feed to encourage flowers and therefore fruit?

If its becoming unmanageable prune when  in full leaf as Winter pruning can encourage Silver Leaf disease.

Sprouts....Cut Off Tops

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 16:51

Yes , my thoughts exactly.

Apple blossom

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 16:49

I suspect that your tree has some flowers early due to the mild weather. When we do get some frosts its not likely to damage the tree as a whole but the flowers that have been out will be affected and any that have been pollinated are not likely to survive the winter.

Root Vegetables

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 17:58

Hi Carrotless...Are you using a rotation system? If so are your root crops being put into ground that is too heavily manured?

Root crops are best grown in ground that has had most of the manure used up by previous crops in years 1 & 2 of a crop rotation.

It can pay to raise up a carrot crop higher aswell. About 18 inches and the root flies struggle to fly high enough to get at the crop. Some people grow in high tubs or barrels. In the ground i have had success with slightly drawing earth over the tops of the carrot as they grow. This seems to prevent the root fly burrowing into the ground aswell...Not always full proof but may be worth a go.

Spraying apples

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 15:50

In general I believe that most spraying stops or, is at least reduced to a minimum, when the trees are in flower. Just to give the insects a chance to do their work. if nothing else that should mean you do get some fruit. 

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 15:41

Pruning may be part of the answer but not at this time of the year as you can introduce silver leaf disease. Generally prune plums and cherries when they are in full leaf. It may be that you need the 'right' pollinator nearby (you may need to research that one). Also try feeding with a high potash fertilizer to encourage fruit production.

Training the branches horizontally will also help to encourage fruit spurs along the branches.

Growing leeks

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 15:33

I doubt that you would get them through to september in such conditions. You are right they do generally require a long growing season and as such would do much better in the ground. Alternatively, have you got any large deep pots to grow them on to one side where they won't have to take up your garden space. as long as they have a deep enough pot and are well spaced then they should do ok.

If you are growing new potatoes the leeks can usually wait until you have cleared them and then use the cleared potatoe ground.

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