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Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:33

Regular summer pruning and correct rootstocks assists early fruiting.  However, resist the temptation to pick any fruit in first couple of years.  

Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:31

Just the one variety growing here...Egremont Russet.  Love the taste off the tree and later too when it sweetens.  Planted an orchard for a friend a few years back and she has at least 25 varieties I guess.  So I sample quite a range including some old Cornish ones.  

Granny Smiths though from the shops......sharper and greener the better.  Can eat cookers too as sharp as possible.  Eyes water but delicious.  Add a chunk of cheddar.....a large chunk of course.....and what better?  

Lemon Tree Issues

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:26

Had a few lemons on mine last year Tyson........not the famous "bite your ear" Mike?.........  Tasty too.  

only problems I had were when indoors for a short while 18 months ago.  It's  still outdoors now and looking ok.  on west Cornwall coast so tree should be fine over winter but as I understand it lemons are reasonably hardy and cool conditions suit them.

I don't even use citrus feed now.  Mine has a Epsom salt spray, a seaweed spray or two and a light scattering of fish blood n bone.  It's in a relatively large container.  


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:12

Wintry sunshine here.....cold wind but easing.

talking of dogs eating blackberries off bushes my Spike takes runner beans and gooseberries.  First noticed it when I was picking on the inside and the plants moving on the other.  Got to laugh ...he only takes those lower down so I usually leave some for him.

 Missed a couple of posts ....Punkdoc yes lysimachia beaujelais is biennial or short lived perennial as I understand it but worth it I think.

Busy, seed from Nickys Nursery I think but I could have purchased from a number of suppliers.  

I'm dribbling a ham and just checked on it and the smell is amazing. However, at least half an hour to go but what do I eat before then?    


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 08:47

Hello forkers

Sleet or rain showers...heavy at times...and strong winds.    No sunbathing today 



Posted: 29/01/2015 at 17:57

It's been a windy day.....some rain but dry spells too.  Just feels colder each day now.  Possible snow for us over the weekend .......not likely to amount to much

will sow seeds of lysimachia beaujolais in the next day or so.  Meant to,grow this last year.  Can see this growing with deschampsia grasses 

poorly privet

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 17:29

Hiya Naki

those bald patches?  Low down?  Maybe at the base?  Animals, exhaust fumes if cars parked there

when you cut out the bald patches it may be wise to wait until you see shoots and cut to those in spring.

difficult to say if "terminal" ...are the bald areas spreading?

replacements?  Lonicera nitIda Baggesons Gold is an easy olive turning yellow foliage in summer.

if the main hedge is fine how about inter planting with a foliage plant or two....if you are sure the bald areas cannot be restored. 

Any hedge is best trimmed so that the base is wider than the top.  This encourages densely growing lower growth


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 09:06

Morning folks

heavy rain here right now.  Doesnt feel too cold....yet. 

'mind your own business'

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 12:56

Glyphosate will kill it.  yes it will smother small plants but it's wise to control asap.

poorly privet

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 12:54

There are different types of privet...different clones.  I have a hedge of wild privet.....grows on towans here too.  Tends to lose a few leaves so semi evergreen.  According to site and position the loss of leaves will vary.

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