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What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:41

Me too rosemummy ...for slugs?  Mine ordered for late March.  Dont forget to water them in well AFTER applying nematodes.  

Made lots of plans for this year so all in place unplanted Clematis Sieboldii Florida to go somewhere prob this weekend.  Two possible spots 

Is this fair?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:37

It wasnt me Frank....I never even saw that Cadburys Dairy Milk with chocolate jug picture on bed side table. 

dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:29


in my haste I thought you were referring to apples....I am multi tasking and blokes are not good at that;  well, this bloke anyway. 

Do you mean espaliers or fans?  

Only apples and pears are suitable for espalier or cordon training.

you want to fan train your plum and cherry.   Different branches equally apart like fingers on your hand.  

Your red delicious!  Is it at 45 degrees?  If vertical it will fruit poorly and make lots of growth.  The reason for 45 degrees is a compromise between growth and fruiting.  I need to check red delicious but if its a spur bearer you simply SUMMER prune in late July early August to create short SPURS for fruiting the following year. 

KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:20

Sorry, not read back.....we talking June or July? 

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:18

I mean...........if they copy Monty because they think he intends his planting to be permanent they disappointed he has changed his mind!  Thus my sympathy. 

I personally know sucb a person......she rushes off to GC after GW.   More money than sense   The manager of the GC often has a giggle with me....he knows what many customers will be buying over the weekend following GW on a Friday evening.  

a lot of people do respond to Monty's ideas 

dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:09

Meant to add rosemummy, they must be SPUR bearing trees.  Check the varieties but most are spurs so hopefully that's what you have 

dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:07


no, dont chop anything yet.  Wait until your wires, etc are erected.  Galvanised is best

then, for espaliers look for 3 buds.....2 either side of the main stem and just below the wire.  The top bud on the main stem will grow as the main stem.  The side branches?  Place a cane at 45 degrees and loosely tie one side branch to it.  Repeat on the other side so you have  two canes forming a V.  Gradually during the summer lower those branches. By September you should have branches long enough to tie down horizontally..  Simple rosemummy 

the wires should be about old money.....15" to 18" apart.  

next year repeat the process.  

Cordons, if you want them, are even easier but give you the option of having several varieties in a small space.  Plant trees at an angle of 45 degrees, again with canes as support 

Last edited: 11 March 2017 13:08:26

Alternative Lawn Plants

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 12:57

Totally agree with Edd

chamomile  Treneague....the non flowering a very good alternative.  The occasional trim with shears and the smell is wonderful.  Did this for my young sister during her last couple of years.  Made a small lawn maybe 10' x 10' approaching and surrounding a garden seat  and she loved it.  Not had the heart/enthusiasm to repeat this but now I think its about time I did 

for light treading in bare heavy walking, no dogs and no playing alas   Initially pay attention to weeds until the chamomile knits in 

another option is thyme.   Wild thyme.  In an area where grass quality is not important thyme and grass will  release a strong citrus smell when walked on 

Last edited: 11 March 2017 12:58:58

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 12:46

I like Monty but he does act on a whim so often....gets carried away    Not sure he realises that so many copy what he does.  If things dont work out he rips the lot out and starts again.  Most of us cant do that and I sympathise with those who are left with a garden he once raved about but now rejects ! 

First butterfly of the year!

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 12:38

Edd, maybe not everyone's cup of tea but delighted you are back.  

Frank with his funny stories/poems  and you with,,,,,,unique style. Puts fun back into the forum 

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