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fixing fleece / closches

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:09

Sarah, if you are using wire arches, where do you intend to use the bamboos?

You don't say the age of your students, but try to ensure that most of your crops mature during term-time.  It is a shame if you have to leave the garden in the summer just as you have usable crops.

The only comment I would make about metal pins (cheap in a camping shop) is that they make holes in the fleece which shortens its life considerably.

new for old sprouted potatoes

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:01

If you are new to veg growing start off with the seeds and plants and seed potatoes that will give you the very best chance of success.

The time for experimentation and risk-taking is when you are more experienced.

Summer or Autumn Raspberries

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:57

It is not difficult to tell.  Autumn bearing raspberries do not put up new shoots until the Spring. 

Summer raspberries will already have grown the canes that will fruit in the Summer this year.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 00:56

Spoke to lady who told me her Mum gardened by the phases of the moon.

Did it work?  No.


Posted: 30/01/2014 at 00:54

Eric can use glyphosate in the bulb area once the bulbs have died down completely.  That is when the foliage has died off and disappeared.

Now is certainly not the time to be using it anyway.

Transplanting established hedges using machinery

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 00:46

Well the Highways Agency did just that all through Pembrokeshire when they put the gas pipeline through.  Dig and plonk.  As good a method as any.  The plants will barely know they've been out of the ground!

laurel hedging

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 20:08

Sort out the drainage or soil-conditioning before you finally plant them.  Nothing like to stand in water-logged soil.

Unproductive fruit trees ?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 20:04

Had a thought.  The red-leaved apple tree might be a crab apple.  Or it might be that  Prunus they plant on the roads of housing estates.

Unproductive fruit trees ?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 01:48

Ornamental cherry may be in flower now, but not one that will produce fruit.

That red-leaved tree does not look like a fruiting apple, but I may be wrong.  2012 was a bumper year for apples, lots of trees had a rest last year, but lots were magnificent.  On the other hand if it is an apple tree it may have gone biennial.

The pear tree is far too far away to tell anything.  Ours produced very few in 2013.

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:38

Make sure you remove the windows from envelopes or they drive you mad when you use the compost as you have to remove the strips as they don't rot.

Buy yourself a robust paper shredder.  The cheap ones from supermarkets last very little time if you use them a lot.  I don't shred shiny paper - that goes for recycling.  Sheets or large pieces of cardboard - without the sticky tape - can go straight in the heap, no need to shred it.

Also don't put avocado stones or peach stones in the compost heap; they never rot down.

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