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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 .

Rooster potatoes & cylindrical onions

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 23:14

Maincrop take 3-4 months from planting before harvest so you have a few weeks to go yet.

cox pipin

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 00:11

Poor choice for a restricted growth environment, it really needs plenty of room. And as Welshonion says not the best variety for pest and disease resistance. Even though I love the taste it would be far better to choose a more effective modern variety for your situation - Sunset on M27 rootstock would be my recommendation.

Diamante Strawberrys

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 17:10

Assuming that you want a UK source you could try http://www.chrisbowers.co.uk/product/straw-daimante/

Myrica Rubra

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:49

The one you posted in the Plant forum.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:12

A recent Beechgrove Garden showed a tomato grower who has gotten huge crops from very small pots with very little compost. He has been doing this for many years too. He does feed them every day though. Have a look on iPlayer.

Where to buy

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:07

I use a Mantis with dethatching attachment - 4th one down on this page http://mantis.uk.com/mantis-tiller-attachments.asp Even with a machine it is hard work but the amount of material it pulls out is amazing and a little frightening .

Coldframes

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:52

I saved some secondary glazing units which were made redundant by double glazing. These are ideal for use as coldframes as they already have a strong frame and have toughened glass. I have a variety of sizes including a couple of door sized panels which will make Monty Don sized coldframes. Just need to clear some space in the garden for them now.

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:00

Yes it will kill all of the weed as it is carried down into the roots. Glyphosate works best on actively growing weeds so I would spray rather than mow. The bigger the active surface area it has to work on the more effective it will be. Current weather is ideal so go for it!

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Multi-bum stawberries

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Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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