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HELP Please! Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:13

Oddly enough I lost mine because the roots rotted out and I had hoped that I would find some suckers to replace it but no luck. It never suckered at all unlike the wild cherry and the cherry plum which send suckering roots out for miles across the garden. It was a beautiful specimen about 12ft high with a canopy about 18ft across. Bees love it too. It just fell over one sad day with very little root left.

When I cut it up I tried using a log splitter wedge to create firewood sized pieces and discovered that it had grown in a tight spiral making it impossible to split lengthways.

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 09:45

I would spray with glyphosate first and let that do its thing before digging over or rotovating. Otherwise it all just grow through the new lawn. You need to remove all trace of weeds like bramble and dock or they will regrow.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 22:26

Potted up toms into big air pots. All seeds germinated so I ended up with too many plants again. I potted up a dozen and hope to find good homes for the rest. Also extended the watering system to cope with the extra pots and had to shuffle everything round to make room. Brought my strawberry troughs in to the greenhouse too to keep the birds off and ripen the fruit earlier.

Fruit trees

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 00:34

Look up grafting on the web. E.g.

Citrus UK

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 22:47

I think Bob Flowerdew grows kumquats in his garden. London is warmer than most parts of the UK so I think they would be fine.

Fading colour??

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:35

Nothing wrong, that's how they grow. Mine have gone from flame red through pink to light green now.


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 10:19

It is OK, that is how they grow. Use ericasious compost when potting on.

Too much time on my hands

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:26

I am trying air pots for the first time this year. I will be potting up Sungold and San Marzano into 15 litre pots this week. I have tried ring pots on grow bags and deep containers which allows much better root development than just grow bags on their own. Be interested in how your experiments progress.

Compost or soil? What size container?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:16

Any idea how old the vine is? A one year old plant should be fine in a 19cm pot. In its second year move it to a 30 or 40cm pot. If it is going to live permanently in the pot then use a compost with loam (John Innis type) or add some to multipurpose compost. No need for manure though as grapes are very vigorous plants and can cope with very poor soil. Give them too rich a soil and they will just produce far more shoots than you can cope with.

Give some thought about how you are going to train the vine. It will grow large and needs to be kept under control. Useful info available on the RHS website here

Laurel plants

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 11:01

Picking out is also known as pinching out i.e. nipping off the shoot tips to encourage branching.

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