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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Ideas for a strawberry planter

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:46

Tomatoes? There's a cherry variety called Tumbling Tom which I've grown before in hanging baskets. You can get yellow as well as red


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:35

Thanks Daffy. I'll have a look for those and give forcing another try next year. My kids - now fully grown - recall how I gave them a stick of rhubarb and an egg cup full of sugar. They still love it 

My Corkscrew Hazel - Thanks

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:30

Thanks Obelixx. I bought it full of buds which are flowering now, but didn't realise it would flower again in summer. Will look forward to that!

My Corkscrew Hazel - Thanks

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:35

Just a note to say thanks to those who suggested I prune my Hazel instead of taking it out. I pruned it back by about a third, taking out the lower limbs, and a couple others to open it up. It's doing well and has open ground underneath where I've underplanted it. I've also put in a Clematis I bought at the Harrogate Flower Show - Clematis koreana Broughton Bride - so that it will twine through the branches. Very pleased with the result, so once again, me, Hazel and the Long-tailed Tits say thanks 

Why won't my Oullins Gage fruit?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:20

All plum trees take some time to fruit - can be up to 10 yrs. I planted a Damson 5 yrs ago. This is the first year I've had lots of blossom. I'm living in hope, but not holding my breath

I love gages too!



Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:11

Oooh just watching The A-Z of plants and Rhubarb is on!

I love Rhubarb! but I'm not a fan of forced Rhubarb. I've grown it a couple of years and found it pretty tasteless, Couldn't even say it was sweet.  I much prefer the sourness of naturally grown sticks.

The variety is Timperely Early which is supposed to be good for forcing. Can anyone recommend a different variety?

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:04

Unfortunately councils these days - and other organisations - don't generally employ gardeners to do these jobs so they are rarely done with care and attention to what's there. It's why we finish up with cubed hedges rather than pruned ones. 

Where to start?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 06:26

Definetely get rid of the brambles before you think about planting anything. When you're buying tools - e.g. spade (you'll definetely need one), go for quality over price, it will pay off in the long run. 

Apart from clearing and sorting out the junk - Bob Flowerdew would probably find a use for most of it  I'd personally sit back and watch the garden through the seasons for a year. The brambles and the junk clearing will probably take up that time anyway.  Look for aspect (N S E W - facing), soil type (acid, alkaline, sandy, clay) - look at local gardens to help you with this, what grows in theirs. This will help you think and plan what you want (and can) grow. 

Gardening as part of the National Curriculum

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 08:05

Just watching the BBC news and the potential of gardening becoming part of the National Curriculum. The Prime Minister's comment in a speech a couple of years ago, which equated gardening skills with litter collection seems to have galvanised the RHS and schools to hit back.

It's a no-brainer for me, and I'm sure most people on this forum, to know that gardening provides the basic essentials for the majority of sciences. My own interest in gardening, which started mumbly mumbly years ago, sparked my interest and resulted in a degree in Environmental Earth Sciences.

I'm still a strong advocate of litter collection though. Litter ruins the look of a garden   


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:04

Forgot to mention that if they don't flower at all they could need splitting. If they become congested it will impede the flowering

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