Latest posts by waterbutts

Gardening Cart

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 22:15

I think Wisconsin must be very very flat. Here in Derbyshire you wouldn't want to be in a wheelbarrow unless it had good brakes and low gears.

Gardening Cart

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 21:46

I'm sorry but I don't have a clue what a gardening cart is. Nor can I even force my imagination to conjure one up, not even if I shut my eyes really tight for a long time.

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 21:41

Just got to go through the streets looking for houses with your number Zoomer.

Soil Test Kit, advice please

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 19:36

The RHS website says that if a test is done within three months of using lime, fertiliser or adding organic matter the results may be inaccurate.

If you take a soil sample from the supposedly very alkaline site and add some vinegar to it it will fizz if it is indeed alkaline.

ferns with ivy

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 19:14

Ferns generally like moisture and shade. If you want to have ferns, just provide those conditions for them and they will be happy.

Hedge choices

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 22:29

Do you want it to be a screen all year round or would you mind being able to see through it in winter?

Lonicera nitida is a thug.

There is nothing wrong with yew. Children can be trained to leave things alone. Many many plants in the garden are potentially deadly - buttercups for one - they just need to be treated with respect.

Espaliered apples could provide privacy and fruit.

Fruit Tree Issues

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:58

I know nothing about the company, but I like their website: orangepippintrees.co.uk have a wide selection.


Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:31


Fruit Tree Issues

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:27

Well, top marks for trying, aes!

Having said that you are a novice gardener you are just about to try a technique that most gardeners leave to the professionals.

All apple tree varieties have their own particular shape and degree of vigour so that might account for the difference in the two trees' shapes now. However, and it is a big however, they belong to two different pollination groups. This means that the St Edmund is one of the earliest to flower and Newton's Wonder among the latest. Hence, they are never going to pollinate each other.

So, if you were to graft yet more varieties onto one or both of them the grafted varieties would need to correspond in pollination group with the plant onto which they were grafted. All getting a bit complicated.

Are you short of space? If not, I would advise against grafting. It is a skilled job and you could well create more problems for yourself. I would advise you to go to a good garden centre and buy two more trees, one in pollination group 2 for St Edmund and one in pollination group 5 for Newton.

where are the seeds?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:15

I was just thinking the opposite today. The clematis have all set seed where I would normally have expected whorls of fluff, the roses are all producing hips and the scabious seeds are in the thousand. The strange thing is that the runner beans and broad beans were very poorly fertilised from start to finish.

Do you think it depends on whether there were long-tongued or short-tongued bees around? I read that one reason some people had poor crops of peas and beans was that they had more short-tongued bee species in their gardens than other people.

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Poetry corner (such an original title)

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