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Pruning rasperberry Canes

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 15:57

Slightly disagree that it is a bit late to cut down autumn fruiters; we usually do ours in February.

If they are summer fruiting will there not be new canes already growing up?  In which case only the fruited canes should be cut out.  Though newly planted summer fruiters should be cut down after planting so that they can establish well before they fruit for the first time in 2014. This is of course a counsel of perfection; most people don't wait for a year before cropping.

Urgent Advice Please - Will bleach kill turf?

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 23:51

Shouldn't you be taking professional advice rather than just guessing what you should do?

I suggest you phone the Agricultural Division of the Welsh Office, Animal Health.  Not sure if that is what they are called. They are in the telephone book.  

Asking for help with disease control is not really appropriate on a message board.

Composting Problem

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 20:11

So I end up discarding much of my compost

Rachel, don't ever discard compost, (where? how? why?) it is valuable stuff.  You have just let it get too dry.

Potato Blight - which potato to grow

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 17:55

Yes, I would agree; stick with  early potatoes. Leave main crop to the professionals if you want to avoid blight.

wind burn

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 18:06

I assumed they were new plants.  Hessian is the material to wrap newly planted conifers with.  But it depends on what size they are.  But if they are in pots and you are sure it is wind burn, clump them together and wrap with hessian or get a roll of the material they use on builing sites which I assume is cheaper than Enviromesh.  

wind burn

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 15:12

Have you got them wrapped now?  They will probably look manky but they should recover.  What kind of conifers?  If they are Leylandii?

planting potatoes

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 17:19

Sorry if I was misunderstood, but I think amateur growers should steer clear of commercial varieties as grown for the supermarkets.  I suspect commercial growers use gallons of herbicide/pesticides which are not available to the home grower.  From the descriptions Marebel sounds a cracking potato, but there are lots and lots of other wonderful potatoes available too.

My heart sinks a bit when people tell me they are growing Charlotte.  Fine potato, but there are more adventurous varieties which you will never see in the supermarket.

With regard to Google, just put in 'Marebel seed potatoes'.  Some people think just saying 'Google It' is dismissive, but it is such a wonderful way of finding out about everything.  Though don't believe everything you read on the net!

Sycamore trees

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 17:05

elf'n'appiness, we seem to be managing quite well without a question or any details!

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 01:21

Yes we do have some resident starlings, but the large flocks we have in the Winter are migrants from elsewhere. Scandinavia and Russia.

I dislike them.  I put down cheap porridge oats from the supermarket.  They will all fly away round about St Patricks Day.  

planting potatoes

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 01:08

Cas, I hesitate to say Google, but if you do you can take your choice of places to buy them.  But do check their blight resistance as some commercial varieties are better grown by the professionals than amateurs.

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