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Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:32

'Last week' is too late in the year to feed deciduous plants; they are about to go into hibernation.  New lush growth is very vulnerable to frost damage.


Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:27

Look at the Orange Pippin site.  Visit an Apple Day, they are all around the country.  Avoid Cox's Orange Pippin, it is one of the most 'challenging' (that is difficult) varieties.


Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:22

Cut out the branches you don't want.  Are you remembering to pinch out the shoots at five or six leaves, each year, before the end of June?

Red Filbert

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 12:44

Do not feed your filbert; it is pointless and wasteful to feed any plant that sheds its leaves in Autumn at this time of year.

If the filberts are ripe I would pick them before the squirrels find them.



Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:56

4711, May I recommend you take a trip up to Newcastle Emlyn in Jan/Feb to the Garden Centre where they will have up to 90 varieties in stock and an expert on hand for advice.  You will be able to buy potatoes singly out of sacks if that is what you wish, or in larger quantities.

potatoes varieties

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:51

Might I suggest you go for varieties you can't find in the supermarket.  This year our best earlies (we only grow earlies) have been Nicola and Lord Rosebery (pink skin).

We've also grown International Kidney (aka Jersey Royals) this year.  None of them have gone to mush, though as they are earlies we boil them in their skins.

Seed companies

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:43

Isn't it odd, I find T&M, Suttons, Sarah Raven very shy germinators. Especially for varieties where you get few seeds in a packet.

For veg I go for MoreVeg and The Real Seed Company and the Italian vegetable seeds.  Excellent germination.


Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:37

There is an explosive method of destroying moles in UK.  Developed by a Young Farmer I believe.

Only thing is canny farmers like to see the dead bodies before they pay up!

One other method - which I am not advocating, just repeating - is to stand over a mole-hill with a garden fork and thrust the fork into the mole-hill when it heaves.


Posted: 22/09/2012 at 14:16

Agricultural merchants sell traps.  You will need several, it is no good just setting one.


Posted: 21/09/2012 at 22:24

Wrong time of year to feed a fig, and pointless, as it will be losing its leaves any time now.

Figs do much better in the sun.  They are on the edge of their range in this country.  Help them out!

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