Latest posts by paull2


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:00

Perhaps I've been a little reckless but I've had half a dozen Black Beauty courgettes outside for three weeks - in containers and a sheltered position (excepting the current strong winds) -- and they seem to be fully OK with it. In the past, I have had problems with splitting stems when planting out but, so far, OK.

New Plum and Pear trees

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:14

Victoria has to be an obvious choice as they are a reliable, heavy cropper and lovely fruit. Depends how many you are able to plant. In addition to Victoria, I have a Damson 'Merryweather' and a brute of a plum called Excalibur which tastes gorgeously spicey but the tree is a robust grower, takes up much space, and the cropping not so reliable. My next choice would be a Gage. Love the taste.


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:26

They need consistent warmth and light to really get going.I started my peppers indoors in Feb, first in a propagator then old yoghurt pots, the bigger pots until about 9"-12" high. Only recently, once cold nights have gone, have I put them in the (unheated) GH, and tend to protect with some thin bubblewrap if temps drop. A lot of peppers, chillis, toms and cucs can be seriously 'checked' during the Spring due to any large temperature changes which they find it difficult to recover from. So be cautious and don't be in too much of a hurry. Harden the young plants off outside during warm daytime temps but be careful overnight.

Cherry tree

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:27

Yes, the bird issue is a tough one if you hope to harvest any cherries. Last year I managed to collect a bowlful of Stellas for the first time in about 6-7 years on account of my daughters put a couple of horses in the orchard to graze for a few weeks. They frightened off most of the birds but also started to eat the cherry tree while they were about it! Doesn't pay to get your hopes up.

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:30

Anything that won't be plundered by slugs, greenfly, blackfly, birds, squirrels, rabbits etc, etc, way before it's ready to eat by humans, is a pleasure to grow. Half of my gardening life seems to be pest control.

Apple tree loosing bark

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 19:23

It could take a few seasons to give up the ghost....I've got one that has been in decline for 5 years...... so you can take some time to make a decision. Yes, I grew PHM rose up mine and, with a little careful pruning/guidance at the start, you can let it take over, with spectacular results. 

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 18:35

Not usually a fan of sweet liqueurs but sloe or damson gin has a character all its own. I am though pondering Cape Gooseberries steeped in vodka to develop some very subtle fruit flavours with a pale yellow hue.

Too wet to plant fruit trees?

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 10:33

I've had problems in the past with planting in heavy clay. If the hole you dig retains water at the bottom then it may be wise (apart from relocating your hole) to dig a bigger/deeper one, back fill with broken bricks etc, then organic material before planting. Look for signs of poor growth/yellowing in the next few months after because you can save the tree for a better location before the wet conditions kill it entirely.

Identifying orchard tree varieties

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 11:48

I find this quite helpful:


Posted: 27/10/2013 at 13:52

Yes, the budding figs have no future and most will drop off over the next few months. Any left in the Spring, I pull off before the real crop begins to show.

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