Latest posts by saltski

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:06

Very true Verdun, no chemicals on mine for growing either, just some good honest muck!

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:54

They're not all fro Ribena! From the two bushes I planted last year into my fruit cage I have, this weekend, harvested 4kg of fruit! And there's still some left finishing ripening! I'me very please as this is the first propper year they have grown, last year when they were planted I get 12 Blackcurrants from one bush and none from the other, this year, jackpot!! Will be making sugar this week, have had to order a Maslin pan in a hurry as I have nothing big enough to put them all in!

Hope this doesn't sound like boasting, I'm just really pleased that its working! MY autumn Raspberries are also doing well, the're trying to escape out the top of the cage.

Design Part of My Garden

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 20:07

Well here is the planted pot, I really like it, going to plant lobelia around the base. Went for aqualegia vulgaris and phlox.


Support for Blackcurrant Bushes

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 20:01

Thanks for the info Verdun, I will have a play with then while the weather is nice (can't do it tonight through fear of death by pollen). They look really good Can't wait to try the fruit.

Bare Root Rose - No Growth?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:09

Thanks for the continued advice. But something is happening, there are leaves emerging from the ground. Now I'm a bit worried that even though there is growth I think it may be from the root stock and not the cultivar. I have asked Jersey Plants for some advice.

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:06

I got a metal and net one from mainframe direct, they had a great service and didn't cost the earth, plus the metal looks like it will last years. Though the netting on all cages has to be removed/replaced eventually.

Support for Blackcurrant Bushes

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:03

Hello everyone, I know that Blackcurrant bushes should support themselves, but I have two in my fruit cage that need a little help. They were planted last year and have sme good canes on them, and are laden with fruit this year, but the fruit is s heavy that it is causing the canes to bend downward and are obstructing my access and starting to shadow the other fruit.

Does anyone have any good ideas for how best to support them so that they will be both supported and still have good ventilation and allow light in to ripen the fruits? I vaguely recall that they should be goblet shape, but this may be difficult to achieve with bamboo canes and string, are there metal hoops that can be used?

Thank you in advance!

Design Part of My Garden

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 08:21

Thanks for the suggestions so far guys. Zoomer & Daintiness, I take you point about the pots being placed inside, but I've already filled it with grit/compost mix for the alpines and want to go that way as it's a good location for them too. I hadn't intended to move it around the garden, until the garage behind it is demolished in a few years time, I want to be able to see it from the house too.

Any more suggestions on plants?

Design Part of My Garden

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:33

Hello, I have a part of my garden which needs to be designed!

I have recently had a wood burning stove fitted which meant that the old chimney pot had to be removed. As it had been on the roof for 80 years I did not want it taken away do it will be an ornamental feature in my garden. I have placed it in partial shade (morning sun only) and intend to plant it with alpines so I have put in a 50/50 grit compost mix.

Now, please suggest how it should be planted and I wiplaster which suggestions I like the best. The opening is small, about 8", so there can't be too many plants and I expect one or more to trail as well and uprights.

Please make as many suggestions as you like, and include pictures of drawings or plants, and thank you for your contribution.

The pot it will go in is in the thread, hopefully the right proportions and the right way around!

Bare Root Rose - No Growth?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 09:49

They're about 8inches at the moment.

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