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Very tall neglected pear and apple trees

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 18:39

Id agree that its too late to do much in the way of pruning for now. Winter pruning encourages new growth and better fruiting but in the summer you could take a third of the growth off. this pruning will help to restrict growth next year and removing a 3rd shouldn't encourage too many water shoots. If you do decide to keep them then as previously said Patience Patience Patience. you should be able to take another third off again the following year but it may take several seasons to get a tree you are happy with.

RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 07:26

As an update I have decided to study both the level 2 principles of horticulture and the level 3 combined qualification. Both through distance learning. Unfortunately due to a rolling shift pattern at work i cant commit to a college course which i appreciate would have been beneficial. Thank you everyone for your help. Wish me luck!

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 11:19

Just got my copy of gardeners world through the door and there is an offer near the front for 5 plants for £11.99 if thats any help. not as cheap as sewing your own but much better than £6 a pop. im sure they will be little plugs though.

RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 19:30

Thank you Rosewithoutthorns I sent you a message for further info if possible? Thanks also for the info on Warwickshire college landgirl100 I will keep that in mind as I was seriously considering them!

Nutcutlet, my knowledge is fairly sound....on the things I know about!!

My concern was that the level 3 would cover all the level 2 plus some more, in which case I didnt want to spend time on the level 2 if i intend to do the level 3 anyway. i am still undecided on this!

RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 04:23

In case anyone else is thin king of doing a course I have just seen the level 2 and 3 course advertised as a package on the borders connect website. there seems to be a substantial saving to be made especially if you choose the online course option. does anybody have any experience with them? They used to be called learning curve.

Thanks again


RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:01

Hi all, as the title suggests I am looking into the RHS theory qualifications that are studied on a distance learning basis. I'm a keen 26 year old gardener and do a bit of gardening for a few people locally between shifts at work, on an informal basis. I would really like to further my knowledge and get a qualification behind me as I can see myself getting into this line of work in the future although I appreciate that a qualification isn't strictly necessary.

I guess my main questions are;

1) Whether people who have done them found them to be worthwhile/enjoyable

2) Looking through the unit lists for both the level 2 and 3 courses it seems like there is a large overlap in the subjects covered. I was originally going to go for the level 2 course but my concern is that if I then decide to go for the level 3 at a later date I would be covering the same ground just in more detail. Obviously the money is an issue so do you think that I could go straight for the level 3 course if I am prepared to put the work in? I am used to studying and taking on lots of information.

Thanks for your help guys!

Tree Peony

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 06:27

I was told they need to be put about 2 inches deep as soon as they are ripe which should be about now......germination times can vary. there may be signs of life the following spring or it can take up to 2 years so you may still have a chance


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 08:14

having looked into it a bit more i think its Euonymous Latifolius, the large leaved spindle?


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:24

Thank you everyone, at least im in the right area! are the seeds poisonous and are they viable?


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 22:42

well i only moved a couple of months ago to a new house in Suffolk. the site is about an acre and we had to install a new perforated pipe to our sceptic tank the other week. a 1 tonne digger couldnt get through the heavy clay so we had to get a big boy in to dig the trench. the centaury is growing at the end of the garden next to a farmers wheat field. i havent done any digging up that end but im surprised to see it likes sandy/chalky soil!!

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at least I think thats what it is.... 
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plant id?

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Not what i expected

Not a Knautia 
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Abundant Weed?

but what is it? 
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weed whos name evades me

can anyone shed any light 
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Problem plant!

Please help! 
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Sad looking Ceonothus

Any ideas? 
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