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Too late to espalier?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 12:39

Ok.  There are short cuts to it Jekylandhide.  You can select 3 or 4 pairs pf branches...they are provide horizontal branches on evenly spaced wires.  This is an easier way and a good solution.

however, the way I described earlier is the traditional way....the way I did it.....and it looks better.  I know some who do it this way

so, fix wire supports evenly spaced ...prob 15 to 18" apart.....and tie your chosen branches to them.  

think your friend will accept this? 

Too late to espalier?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 12:11


cut the main stem to just above.....6 or 8" or so.....the bottom pair of branches.  Lower these to a wire ...galvanised preferably.  A bud will appear on the main branch and this will grow vigorously to provide another pair of branches for next year on a wire some 15 to 18" higher.  

the peach?  Feed it well and mulch.  Encourage 5 to 7 branches to grow and tie in during the summer spacing out like a fan. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:47

What perennials did you get Jo?  

put some alliums out myself recently but have several in pots too.  I had a free bag of large mixed ones so until these flower I wont know the colour or exact variety.  Not really one for mixed bags.  I really want to keep the purple ones like Purple Sensation.  When they start to flower I will plant them out.  

Fruit trees

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:41

I like your thinking treehugger.  Spot on 

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Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:37

I hate christmas.  Humbug! Bah!  

If it wasn't for the pressies, food, drink...all to excess...I wouldn't bother. 


Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:34

Rain here now after a decent mornng.  

jo, your top...."sodden"  Can you turn it into an area for plants that would enjoy it there?  So many excellent things you could put in there 

need to concentrate here....Spike is eying up my sausage rolls.  don't know where he gets his greed from 


Poor Lawn

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:18

Eddie, when your neighbours do get round to cutting their lawns you will see brown and yellow grass left behind. .....always hqppens when grass is left too long. 

can I repeat....nematodes for autumn use.  

The most important treatment for lawns is regular mowing.  It is easy then anyway but doesn't stress the lawn.  And a medium cut....not scalped.  My own lawns....good one in front and a almost as good at the back.....have never looked so good since I raised the cut.  stays green longer and FEELS softer to sit,,walk and play on.

don't know who said it but don't overfuss the grass either.  Years back I wanted the perfect lawn...and I mean PERFECT.  Fine grass, topdressing,,raking,,aerating, spiking,,feeding once a month, hands on knees gently removing any weed or rough grass bits.  Took so much time.  Lawn looks better now...nice and green and soft. 

dahlias grown in pots

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 19:43

Stanley, keep dry and wrap in fleece 

Poor Lawn

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 19:29

Ok, final say on this.  

My lawn looked like Eddie's every autumn.  The cause for mine was leatherjackets.  

I have found garden issues, like most everything else, are often the simple ones.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 18:36


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