Latest posts by saltski

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.

Bare Root Rose - No Growth?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 12:34

OK, seems I have a couple of options then, I'm not sure where it will bud from as I can't see any obviously knobly bits on it, I will cut a half inch off each stalk to see if the wood inside is green,  and I will fertilise, see what happens. If it looks dead I will complain to Jersey Plants.

Bare Root Rose - No Growth?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 11:54

It has three stalks on it, should I try this on all three? They were covered with wax when I received it.

Walnut Tree

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 11:32

I have one in my garden, probably about 80 years old, but I've never seen fruit on it, though I think that has more to do with Ninja Squirrels than anythign else.

Bare Root Rose - No Growth?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 11:18

Hi, I planted a bare root rose that I bought from Jersey Plants about 6 weeks ago (around easter time). I soaked the roots before planting and dug the hole to the right depth and width, infilled with soil and compost mix and watered well. I was also careful to make sure that te graft was above the soil to prevent die-back.

But it doesn't seem to have grown at all since planting, the other roses in my garden, including some cuttings from a relatives that I planted recently have grown and look more lively. Shoul dI be worried about my bare root? It is a climber. I may be paranoid and all the growth is going on below the ground ATM.


Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 11:15

I can't seem to add myself to the map?!? Or I cannot work out how to do it, one of the two. If someone could add me while they're on there sometime, username 'saltski' and I am in Ashby-de-la-Zouch (LE65 1TQ).

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Design Part of My Garden

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