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Grafting apples

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 20:26

I just thought I would have a go as the professionals seem to graft the apples I don't want to eat or cook with. My main thought was that the rootstock wouldn't support the new graft, I might wait a bit for it to grow a bit more though, thanks for the advice.

Grafting apples

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 11:23

Does anybody know whether it is possible to graft another apple onto an existing tree which I bought this year. I was thinking of making it into a 'family' tree. I have no idea what the rootstock of the existing tree is as I bought it from Homebase and their labelling is not exactly helpful, it looks like it might eventually be M26. Would I have to reduce the other branches? Any advice welcome please.

Rhubarb variety

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 22:47

Thanks to all, sweet cicely is on the list now and I might try an autumn one, thanks for that tip.

Rhubarb variety

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 23:10

I need a new rhubarb crown and wondered if anyone can recommend a variety without the ghastly aftertaste that so many have, please. 

Composted bark

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:59

Thank you, great advice I'll do all that.

Composted bark

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:55

I have a new allotment and it has very poor thin sandy soil that I need to improve. I have access to some well composted conifer bark which is too good for paths. Could I use it around some new fruit (currants) bushes that I have planted and around some very overgrown gooseberries as a mulch. I was also hoping to use it around brassicas that I have bought in cells.

Will it change then ph of the soil too much or could I mix it with something else?

Any help would be appreciated, I am keen to use it as there is loads and I have only just started my compost heap.   


Mulberry trees

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:41

I live part-time in France and unfortunately near a mulberry tree, it is about 50 feet high so make sure you have enough space and tolerant neighbours. It also gives off hideous amounts of pollen. I would urge you to do lots of research before buying.


Posted: 16/09/2014 at 16:48

Thanks a lot - think I'll try both methods!


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:58

Does anyone know if these seeds have to be sown now and overwintered or kept until next spring please? They are apparently slow to germinate but I can't find out if they need stratification.

Many thanks

gardening for a living

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:07

Hogweed was right, there isn't much to do over the winter period so you need to factor that in if you have a house to run, family to care for and bills to pay - and equipment to maintain. Also the weather can play havoc with your gardening plans when you are up and running, it's not always sunny and you can't mow a waterlogged lawn. Go for it but have another string to your bow so that in the lean times you can earn a crust. So instead of doing 1 course, do another as well, painting and decorating, electrician, roofer, teaching etc, stuff you can do on an ad hoc basis. Then you can live and enjoy work. You must also try to speak to local gardeners to see what work is about - no point starting up if the area is already saturated. Good luck.

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Grafting apples

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Rhubarb variety

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