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Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 08:47

Wouldn't it be great for ??ou guys if I could post me singing cap'n beaky on the forum.  Wot a treat for all of you 

Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 00:29

Anyone remember the song captain beaky and his band by Keith Mitchell?  Favourite of mine that I got played on local radio for my young nephew's birthday.    It came on the radio as I was driving him and his mates to an amusement park and we all sang along at the tops of our voices......me the biggest kid of all   Lovely!

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 00:23

Get that copper,pipe at scrap yard or builders' merchants.  If you do use copper,make sure it's not covered by soil. 

Pruning apple tree

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 00:18

Two years ago I pruned a large apple tree ...reduced it's height, removed branches that grew inwards and crossed other branches.  Removed dead wood.  I shortened all growth on branches ...this was a spur bearer.....and expected a spurt of water shoots the following year.  I reduced ...shortened or removed ..these last year.  This summer it produced a bumper crop.  The tree is accessible and manageable.  I have just pruned again in the same way. ....but now not so drastically

I have just done the same thing to 2 more large apples, one of which is a bramley.  They were producing fruit way out of reach, etc.  I have cut these hard to reduce height and reduced shoots on every branch.  I am aware bramleys tend to fruit at the tips but, clearly, they also produce on spurs so I expecf a similar result in 2 years.

This is in an orchard I planted....not my own.....and all the trees in it are very productive, relatively small because of pruning and accessible.  

In my own garden I summer prune apples and pears.....cordons and espaliers ....in August.  

I don't think there is too much to fear in pruning.  If you realise growth will be abundant after pruning and you address this by reducing this extra growth the following year I think the results will be good.  Regular pruning is the key I think.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:52

Night night folks.  

Oh! Nice plants bob

New privet hedge

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:49

I would not prune again until  mid summer when I would expect the hedge to be at least double it's current size.  Possibly three times. I  would  prune only the sides and, even though small, would already be aiming at the top being narrower than the bottom.  

By the summer of 2015 I would expect your hedge to be well on its way to your 5'.  When your hedge exceeds  height required start regular cutting of the top.  A hedge should be wider at,the bottom...light to all parts of the hedge for good growth.....than at the top.  Looks better too

A few years I planted a hedge.....escallonia....to separate a veg patch.  They were not bare root but cheap in the clearance section of a local nursery.  Bit root bound.....loosened roots prior to planting..... but otherwise healthy plants.  They grew quickly and I followed the way I suggest above.  This hedge is thick and looks good

 

Box shrubs

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:24

Chris, is the area wet?  Have they only recently started to suffer?   I think they might be overwatered ....?

Winter Dip

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:16

Susan, just to say Provado OR hot dip.  Wasting your money if you hot dip after Provado.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:11

Think they're usually biennial nut so sure you will see rapid growth in spring.  

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:05

Berghill, how effective do you find the flame gun?  Weeds in paths, for example,? Is it temporary or permanent  kill?

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