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The best way to keep to store

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:20 double "L" here

The best way to keep to store

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:00

Hello Philippa 2    Nothing to add to the above but couldn't resist "speaking" to another Philippa

Stag's Head Sumach

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:55

Just a thought but I would advise you to check out the various threads on Sumach on the forum before you take any action.  That way you will be prepared for the consequences and can make a more informed decision.

It's current shape is rather elegant but I can see why you need to do something with it.

mandarin tree

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:48

Like any evergreen, Citrus will lose some leaves as part of their natural cycle.

To lose all the leaves at once sounds much as Bob says........just the move from the garden centre or nursery to your house can be a shock.  Citrus do not really do well in a normal "house" environment.........outside in the summer and a frost free conservatory or greenhouse for the winter is your best bet.

Hope it recovers

Ponds - When to Clean it Out

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:33

It's not normal to empty a pond completely unless you have a leakage problem.  You risk disturbing the resident wildlife for no good reason.

You can take out your clumps of iris and reduce them according to your is probably as good a time as any.

If you really have to empty the pond completely, put all the water and the mud/debris through a sieve..........that way you stand a chance of saving any small creatures but remember, as Fairygirl says, you do need to put a layer of mud back in the bottom of the pond before you re introduce your salvaged creatures.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:24

As Bilje and Verdun say, it is really quite easy to make a single branch into a multiple but depends where you are located as to whether it is a good idea to do it now or leave til Spring.

Bilje..........well watered ?  I must admit I find all my Aeoniums ( 3 different so far ) always do best when kept short of water............especially vital in winter.

Talkback: Save your own veg seed

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:17

I think you may be teaching old dogs new tricks with this one gharrop

You are right tho...........self seeded toms quite often produce better flavoured fruit than those we coddle

Protecting a newt from a digger

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:42

Make a container/box and put the vegetation/debris in and then insert your newt.  If you do this the day before your digger arrives, you will at least keep it safe.  Leave the newt in situ until the ground work is complete and then release it into a similar habitat. 

Espaliered Apple Tree Recommendations for SW France

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:36

It may well pay you to talk to your neighbours as well......the French are as keen on their apples as we are and they may well be able to offer you some advice.

Just as a thought, you should look to growing a Bramley or two .........the French tend not to know of "cooking" apples and you would be sure of making a few friends amongst your more culinary neighbours

Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:27

Same here........Butternut are usually very reliable.  Last year I had 14 good sized fruit off 3 plants.  This year I was a little late with them but the weather has been mostly to blame for the poor fruit production.......I'll be lucky to get half a dozen to any size I think. 

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