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Latest posts by steephill

Tree advice

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:05

Crab apple on M9 rootstock - flowers in Spring and fruit for jelly and for the birds.


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:38

There are timers around which will do what you want. I have a Gardena timer which can be set for a variety of on times ranging from 1 to 120 minutes. It can also be set to operate on different days of the week rather than every day.

The optimum volume of water will vary depending on weather, aspect, shelter etc. so it is worth experimenting as far as possible in advance to find out what works best. If in doubt less is better than more.

Pruning Alder

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:15

You can coppice alder. Leave it until the Autumn then cut it down to about 6 inches high. It will then re-grow with multiple stems. You can repeat the process every 5 years.


Ilex aquifolium golden king

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:53

Golden Queen? Two very misnamed varieties.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:49

I think I just spent the day trashing an undiscovered Roman ruin. Bricks, roof and floor tiles, ancient concrete, mysterious rusted metal remains, signs of burning, everything I have seen on Time Team digs. Either that or I have unearthed more builders rubble from the house's previous owner . Trying to clear a site next to the garage for a second greenhouse.

Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:33

Coffee. Make a strong brew, no decaff, use it to water the plot. Repeat for a few days. Caffeine kills slugs. More useful ideas here


bums not allowed

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:24

You would need to be a Terminator to plunge your hand 12/15 inches into my soil without the aid of a pickaxe. I bent my fork trying to dig over the veg plot and that was after 3 years of digging it over! By way of compensation I am building up a nice collection of sandstone and ironstone for construction projects. Maybe a new Great Wall visible from space?

grapevine problem

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:17

Pruning should be done while the vine is dormant in the winter. Pruning while it is in active growth causes the bleeding you are seeing. If the pruning was severe it could kill the vine.


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 01:02

Zoomer44, you mean like this?

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Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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Strange broad bean

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Air pots

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Bean confession

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