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Grape vine

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 12:46

Grape vines are very strong growers and need to be controlled or they will take over the whole greenhouse. The weblink from Dovefromabove at the top of the page tells you how the pro's do it. On that page there is also a link to training your vine into a standard which works well in a small greenhouse.

Do you know how old your vine is? I would suggest cutting off all but one of the fruit clusters this year to help the vine build up its strength first.

Do you know what variety you have? Knowing this will help you understand when the fruit will be ready and whether it is an eating variety or more useful for wine.

Swimming slow-worm

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 10:17

Looking on the bright side it is unlikely that you only had one slow worm. There will be a colony nearby and you may find more soon. All the better for keeping your slug populations under control .

cherry tree problem

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:17

Cherry run off is the name of your problem - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=580 should tell you more.

Fig Tree

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 22:04

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=106 has advice on cropping. Basically you need to remove any overwintering fruit and just leave this year's fruits. 

Azaleas ? I'm intrested in what others think on this one !

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 15:45

It all depends on your water - is it hard or soft? If it is hard then rainwater is better. However tap water is better than no water.

Japanese Acer disposal

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 11:02

I was just admiring the acers at RHS Wisley yesterday and thinking how good they would look in my garden. As you say though I have seen the prices for mature specimens and that isn't going to happen any time soon.

Try local garden centres, they will have the expertise and equipment. Or maybe Freecycle. Now is probably the worst time to move them, delaying until leaf fall would be so much better if at all possible.

dead strawberry plant

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 23:23

Check for vine weevil, take the plant out of the pot and look for white grubs in the roots.

Hand Tamper or Plate Vibrator?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 10:25

I don't think those are meant to be laid on the ground. They should be mounted on a frame. Check out the ready made frames on their website.

What's this tree?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 10:12

English elm? Bark is wrong for hazel which is usually smooth.

 

phantom gardener

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 23:20

Well I never though about getting a Chinese quince (Chaenomoles cathayensis) but it arrived anyway! Much taller than the more common Chaenomeles japonica.  Lethal thorns on it so I need to tie it back from the path or it will do major damage to any passing human. The fruit makes lovely quince type jelly and cheese though .

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