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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.

What veg and salad can be grown in clay-flint-chalk soil?

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 02:14

Hi Bob...The first thing I would do is to incorporate as much well rotten compost or manure that you can get hold of. You could also try growing a green manure and then dig that in. These will all help to break up the soil and give it a better structure. Then try to get a form of crop rotation going. You say that growing in tubs of organic compost works...well all you will be doing is copying that form of gardening to the open ground.

Keep root veg off  recently manured ground as they don't do well on it. Try to get them about third in line of your crop rotation so that most of the manure is used up by the time they go into that section of ground.

Wildflower bulb planting.

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:57

As suggested the celandine will not need any encouraging to spread. It can be invasive but if you are happy to have it grow in a wild area then you should be ok. It tends to die away after flowering and rweturns the following Spring.

All the rest will eventually spread either by seed or by splitting but that will take at least a couple of years for the clumps to build up enough for you to split them up. If you want more any quicker then buy in bunches in the green in Spring after they have flowered. Fritts are in the nurseries in flower now. you can also grow your own from seed. Mine are in their third year and I will probably plant them out this year into the garden.

narrow border

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:38

Agree with sotongeoff...aspect/soil/size? Do you have to keep them that shape as they might benefit from reshaping. It will give you more scope to do something with them.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:34

A new border with plenty of Sun!! Sounds like a treat. Agree that you should perhaps take your time with the planning. Work on the soil structure first and then go from there. You are right to start with the structural evergreens and any deciduous plants that will give height. How do you feel about that new fence? only you can plump for climbers on that aswell as long as you can support them.

Then work down to the sub shrubs and perennials. It'll take time and effort but will be worth it.

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