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Victoria Plum Tree

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 14:05

Here are some suggestions....May or may not apply:

*is the rootstock graft (knobbly bit on trunk) at least 20cms above soil level? If not replant and fill in hole base with 20cm depth of good organic compost.

*is the soil compacted and dry or constantly damp? Walls are useful for training plants, storing and bouncing back heat but can create rain shadows,, light shadow and wind turbulence. Builder may have left vast amounts of hardcore under wall too.

* was the sapling firmed in so no air pockets were left? Roots must have direct contact for osmosis (exchange) of the good stuff. Again replant if they wobble.

*moss indicates cool, damp and dim conditions. East facing is ok but not ideal site. Good for raspberries but plums, and other drupes like South and SouthWest more.

*these look young so I would encourage root growth and not tax them with fruiting for a few years. I would cut back the leading growth to the first lateral shoot and cut back side shoots to five leaves or buds.

* all crops needs feeding so water then mulch but in dry spells water well as that wall will increase transpiration 

(in my humble opinion fruits seem to do better biannually. Good every second year and just ok in the first year. No proof for that just my observation)


Hope you find the cause and the saplings pull through x

Where to plant a Rhododendron Cosmopolitan

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 13:13

That sounds fine BHB. The height of a shrub and its root span are generally similar and as this one only gets to about 150cms in 10 years the roots shouldn't be a threat to structures.


Hanging baskets and pots.

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 10:34

Sorry, I didn't get back sooner Daisyheadcase....busy, busy busy.

this is the data map in regional grids but remember even a tall tree, fences etc can leave cold spots at this time of year. AT once described the b€m test; if you can sit bare-b€tt on the soil it's planting out time. (Caution you may need to set bail money aside for that test). 

Hanging baskets and pots.

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:36

Hehehe, nothing official about UK weather. It does what it likes whenever it likes!

A Martin created a night frost temp chart from weather station data gathered over the years for British Isles. Secondary schools often contribute this data too.

We get a lot of weather for our money don't we? 

imbrennan each region has it's own frost pockets depending on height above sea level, how far inland etc so try a  google search for A Martin's grid and find your location in the grid. HTH


plant ideas for this old pot

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:12

There's probably enough copper in the metal to deter slugs and snails so you could try  Hostas or other vulnerable plants too. Lucky find, I'm so jealous star gaze lily. Please post pic of your plantings for us.

Hanging baskets and pots.

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 20:58

John, every last one of us knows how eagerly we await planting out time. Just a heads up to save your much loved plantings; the NW is prone to frosts (historically) up to and including 24th May. Only those within two miles of the south coast, the west coast and South coast of Wales and the west coast of Scotland or city centres can plant out from 15th May with some confidence. Everyone else has to watch out for clear skies and protect their bedding plants at night. Third week of May is usually ok. 

For some inland highland areas and valley frost-pockets even first week in June needs a close weather eye!  

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 19:57

Oops I meant Hartleyhare... Harleyhare is a bunny on a bike! 

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 19:53

 Talking of exotics Harleyhare, the ground cover cotoneaster is brilliant for wedging seasonal containers in between the woody branches. Even top heavy plantings manage to stay upright on breezy days.

They spread a good metre and keep weeds at bay Too. So exotic pots and functional soil retention could be 'job done'. 

Help – how do I stop insects biting me?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:55

Even on overcast days these are slapped on.

Glasses have saved my eyes getting lanced umpteen times. Tea Tree oil drops on a wet flannel fab for cuts and scratches. Factor trillions sun cream and clouds of Skin so Soft spritzed all over what isn't covered. 

(my dog and the bugs do not approve of any of them) 

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:55

Harleyhare I garden on a slope and the plant that has kept the bank in place during the deluges is Cotoneaster dammeri. It is an evergreen ground cover that has tiny star flowers that bees love and bright red berries that birds take. It is easy to  chop about it truly low maintenance and secures soil. frogs shelter under ours year round.

not exciting or exotic but gets the job done - bit like me really. : )

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