philippa smith2

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Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 18:04

IME, Rhubarb are best in the ground - greedy things and like the depth too.

The same with Raspberries really - you will be pruning out old wood to get new canes which might be a little difficult to achieve in pots -  in the long term anyway.

Winter Care of Lemons

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 14:44

Depending on your location and the size of your trees,  citrus are usually best kept just frost free over winter.

Protect the pot/roots with sacking/old pillows or WHY and fleece the tree itself and put in the most protected place you can find.  

Keeping them in a warm room is not the best plan.....the atmosphere tends to be too dry.  

Mature trees will take a certain amount of frost damage and will recover once the warmer weather arrives. 

Identify Mystery Flower

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 17:19

Your photo shows some sort of support so is your rose a climber ?  If it is and it is scented, try Zepherine Drouhin .  Mine is still throwing out the occasional flower.

Avocado Tree

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 17:43

Also make sure that as you have reared it in water, when you pot on, you keep the root sufficiently damp to let it acclimatise to soil as opposed to water.


Posted: 20/12/2016 at 17:39

His "thoughts for today" were often, at least for me, the ones which impinged.  A funny, chubby chap who had the ability to talk to all and sundry despite their religion.

Sorely missed.

strange vegetables/fruit

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 17:19

You could try Passion fruit in the Polytunnel.........I germinated seeds from supermarket fruits and got a crop off the resultant 18 month old plants  Good fruit

Palm tree transplant

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 17:31

Looks like a Cordyline from the pic but that is a pretty big plant to transplant.

Somerset is fairly mild at the moment - at least on the coast and if you have to move the plant now, you should have a few days to do it in.

The more I look at your pic, the more I'm tempted to say forget about the largest growth and concentrate on the smaller piece.  If you are able to dig it up, you will need a planting hole to accommodate all the main root.  

These plants are quite commonly offered for sale and it may well be better to just buy a new specimen to plant.


Aquelegia seedlings

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 15:11

GD - I'd go with Tbird's advice.  I have some aquilegia seedlings which are still in cells from germinating 9 months ago.  They have been laying about in garden and cold frame ( depending on my mood ) and are still alive.  Once germinated, they are difficult to kill.  If you know where you want them, I'd be tempted to plant them now and they should flower in 18 months or so.

Calling all Essex Boys and Gals!

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 15:02

Not from Essex Stefan altho I lived there for a time way back in the dark ages ( late '60s ).

The allotment question does arise on the forum every so often - in some areas of the UK, they are like Hens Teeth but in others they are fairly easy to get.

Hope you manage to persuade Essex to fund some allotments 

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:12

Sorry to all you puzzlers...........if any of you have the Ultimate Alphabet book by now and would be willing to put the Pics and text on ( at least for the next month or so ) I'd be grateful.  Otherwise, it may well be a Puzzle to help you over Spring as well 

Nowt to do with Xmas but other problems taking up my time and brain power.

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