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Magnolia and blossom trees

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 00:53

I recently read that magnolias should be sufficiently shaped before you buy them.  Apparently if you prune older magnolias they will produce vertical 'water shoots' rather than flowering branches.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 15:46

Well, I think it goes in the same category as Russian Vine.  

There are some plants it is just idiotic to encourage.  It will get out of control.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 08:57

The easiest thing to strain through is an old pair of tights. They are very easy to hang from a hook in the ceiling or door jamb.  When you prepare the rosehips by taking out the seeds remove as many hairs as you can. Ensure the hips are ripe; they should be by this time of year.

But you must strain the liquid, seiving is not enough.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 01:35

The Spanish use the big quinces which grow on trees for membrillo, not the small ornamental quinces more likely to be found in the garden.  The will not harm you, but the large quinces are much more suitable. They appear in the shops towards the end of the year.

Duckweed and pond weed

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 12:07

It is a never-ending task.  Birds will bring it in on their feet.  Any water plants you buy may carry it.

Can you learn to live with it, beyond raking it off or using a net to remove some of it?

How to get rid of excess soil?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 14:43

For heavens sake keep it.  Soil is so precious, never, ever throw it away. Can you not keep it in old compost bags or rubble sacks until you need it; as you surely will.

Sloe Berry

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 10:05

Bit of a waste of allotment space.  Sloes are usually gathered from the wild.  This year is a very poor sloe year, after last year's bumper crop.  It can make an impenertable hedgerow; not much will tackle those spines.

You can also make damson gin.  Damsons are much more adaptable to various uses in the kitchen.

Fig tree maintainance?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 01:27

Any figlet that is big enough to be recognisably a fig will fall off the tree next Spring, so you might as well take it off now.  

The figs that will fruit next year are to be found in the leaf axils at the top of the shoots. They are at this time of the year very small.

Fleece will not make any difference to whether the larger figlets fall off.  In warmer countries figs produce two crops, it is too cold here for that.  We only get one crop. 

Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 17:17

MMP I so agree with you, but.................. Selective breeding is not the same as Genetically Modified.  With GM alien genes are put into something.  With selective breeding you cross and re-cross until the desirable trait you want is dominant. That is how all the wonderful range of plant colours and habits come about; high-yielding vegetables and grains.  Their breeding is essentially natural.

GM can mean putting say, fish genes into plants, or mice or insects.  Not the same thing at all.



Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 15:47

Do you think, Gily, you are over-thinking all this?

If you are eating fish, surely you are not a true vegan so why are you so concerned?

And yet again you use the word antibiotics when talking about horse feed. 

GM is a difficult one.  Anybody that eats cornflakes and such like breakfast cereals, presumably is eating GM products, unless they are specified as organic,  That is also the case for all animal feeds which contain soya as 80% of the soya produced in the USA is GM.

All I can say, is 'It's your choice'.



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