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Peach tree

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:11

Hello thisisme,

peaches and nectarines can be a bit fussy, not liking damp and will need some protection. whereabouts in the country are your folks as this may be a consideration?

I've just noticed the date of your message (even though it's come up on recent threads/ replies...)

If not too late, i really think going to an RHS garden to ask the experts at one of their Grow Your Own or Fruit Festivals is the best place to get advice and buy a good specimen. 

If you're not too far from the south, the Brogdale Collection (National Fruit Collection  in Kent) might be an option. they have festivals and themed open days for all kinds of fruit, and can offer excellent advice on which variety to choose, positioning and care.

I'm sure the website offers this too if you are further afield, and I'm sure they would be very helpful to email/ phone enquiries.

All the best,

SLG

http://brogdalecollections.co.uk/index.html

 

home grown raspberries ready to eat

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:57

Thank you experts!

I must admit, my favourite way to enjoy raspberries is just to graze on them straight off the canes whilst I'm out in the garden... haven't had any wiggly ones as yet thankfully!

Organic slug control

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:48

I have a number of hostas... far fewer than I started out with:

coffee grounds- unless very dry and continuously refreshed (dry!) not much of a deterrent

crushed egg shell/ gritty stuff- plants seem to disappear from within... slugs unlike snails, can live underground and surface within a protective ring!

pellets! you can get organically certified, so they'll kill the slugs and snails and not anything that subsequently eats them.  I have come to the conclusion that this is the only effective defense.

I haven't yet tried nematodes, but am considering. I have recently started using a garlic spray/ wash to deter as I have several large shrubs that snails seem to launch themselves onto from all manner of other launchpads/ amble onto from nearby or overhanging plants, so pellets on ground not much use. Have yet to determine the effectiveness of this.

Having spoken to a specialist Hosta grower at one of the flower shows (yes... I was the 50 millionth person to ask..),  judicious use of pellets and garlic wash are the answer!

home grown raspberries ready to eat

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:35

HI,

Some fruit & fragile salads i don't wash (i grow organically) unless i have guests... i would hope if eating at a friend's house a reasonable standard of hygiene, so I offer the same standards I would hope for... However, when for my own consumption alone, some of the more delicate leaves, and raspberries in particular seem so fragile, that washing/ rinsing turns to mush. Minute crawlies that i can't see without my glasses I'm willing to ignore, however I've just read something about a raspberry maggot type thing... urrghhh... should i be more careful and wash everything? How to wash raspberries without making jam?

 

Broom and snails

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 21:10

Thank you verdun & flowering rose (love the pic by the way). As the stem is quite woody, i really hadn't realised the snails would love it so much. How do they know to climb a metre tall plant to nibble on tiny, developing flowers at the top? Blighters! slug pellets where are you?

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:53

chilli/ pepper etc will blow or get rained off fairly quickly.

used tea bags, sprayed with deep heat/ other pain relief muscle spray scattered around the area will deter cats and last longer as the spray is oil based.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW2tZUG8cpQ

Broom and snails

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:46

Hi,

i have a broom (Cytisus Hollandia)plant in my west facing garden.This will be it's 3rd year, the first it flowered well, the second not at all. yesterday i noticed small, developing flowers, today nothing but 12 snails all over it!

Is broom particularly susceptible to snail damage? I've never seen a plant so covered in snails- not even a hosta! could this explain why it didn't flower last year?

Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 07:25

thank you

Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 21:07

oooh yum, you've got me thinking. if planting a youngish one, say in a 3-5l pot, how long before one could expect fruit (extreme weather conditions aside) in the south of UK?

 

reduced plants at b and q

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 20:50

half my garden has been filled with B&Q bargains including some nice shrubs which have really filled out. occasionally i do see something reduced with no sings of life, but I've done well with the ones I've bought, as long as there's some sign of life, it's worth getting it and with a little TLC it'll soon be on its way.

I've also had trays of primroses (6 or more) for 30p, so if one or two don't make it, it's hardly a problem. last autumn i got a poorly looking clematis for 99p which has since perked up. Love B&Q! 

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