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Why won't my plum tree set fruit?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 22:30

It may be flowering before the pollinator insects are out and about or else there is nothing else around to entice them to visit your plum.  Do you have other early flowering plants which will attract bees and hover flies which are the usual pollinating insects into your garden from early on?   If not, think about planting snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and any other plants that will flower before and at the same time as your plum to make sure the insects keep coming back and visit your plum tree..

Loganberry crop ruined by strong winds :(

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 17:45

You may still get some flwoers and fruit on what's left but loganberries are like Tayberries and Blackberries and need tying in to horizontal supports to encourage extra flowering and fruiting power which happen on the previous season's growth.   Tying in keeps them tidy, makes it easier to harvest fruit and also means they don't whip around in the wind and get broken.

Current season's growth needs to be tied in loosely and vertically to a support to let it grow strongly and not be blown about.   Once all the fruit is harvested, the old stems are then cut at the base and the new ones trained out to replace them so you get a continuous cycle of new fruiting stems each season.

How do i grow a tree from a plant.

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 15:30

Happy to help and I think lime is an excellent choice.  Lots of useful info about box and topiary on the RHS website too.

Can't prove anything

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 14:15

Relax.   People who have well kept gardens themselves appreciate all the effort and preparation needed to make new beds or revitalise old ones.   They will freely offer help, advice, plants and all sorts.

No-one expects beds to be dug in pouring rain or in your best clothes.   Once you border is dug and planted don't expect it to remain static.  Plants will grow, weeds will grow, plants will thrive and plants will fail.  It's a dynamic, never ending seasonal cycle looking after beds and gardens.  Enjoy the process and, as your plants get bigger and need dividing, enjoy swapping with your new neighbours whom I hope will become firm friends.

Home made Tomato Food

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 15:31

Last year on Beechgrove they trialled commercial feeds for tomatoes and the best results came from comfrey "tea".

Take foliage from comfrey plants and crush and stuff in a bucket with a lid.  Add water and leave to steep, covered, for 3 to 4 weeks.   Stir occasionally whilst holding your nose.

Dilute the resulting liquid 10 parts water to 1 of the tea and use to feed tomatoes.  Very good also for other flowering and fruiting plants.

Tea Anyone?

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 10:29

Tea contains minerals - potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, manganese, fluoride and others.   Very good as a plant food.

hobbies ie arts and crafts........

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 09:40

I am president of a local dance club - 7 different dance classes over 4 evenings a week plus dance evenings and balls on Saturdays and ballroom practice on Sundays.

In between times I garden, run a garden group, sew clothes and curtains, do embroidery and patchwork (beginner at that) and do up bits and bobs for the house from pieces of furniture to pots for the garden which can be anything from just a good clean and feed of wood to a total strip down and new finish on wood, metal etc.   Love cooking too and try at least one new recipe a week.

Quite fancy researching our family history for our only daughter but no free time till after our dance club's 40th birthday festivities are over next year.

Acer.. Japanese 🍁 in need of help

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:08

Those branches won't recover so remove them along with any other dead wood.  This may leave it looking a little unbalanced but don't trim any other branches till you see what new growth, if any, you will get this year.   Give the plant a feed of blood, fish and bone and make sure it has plenty of water in dry spells.

Make sure your plant gets a generous mulch of well rotted garden compost at its base every autumn as this helps with soil fertility and good root development to sustain the plant.

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