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Red Currant Pruning

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 01:02

Thank you waterbutts. I wasn't sure how to prune but your explanation is fab.

I struggled to get my head around pruning currants until this year. My bushes are now into their 2nd or 3rd year. Red, white and black currants, also gooseberry. Apart from taking out the middle shoots for them all, decided not to prune last year because the harvest was so poor and thought it due to not pruning properly.  

This year the new shoots on red, white and gooseberries were cut back to allow the sun to get to the fruit. Really pleased with the harvest and they've had their July prune.  

I'm not sure what to do with black currants, they were pruned so they would fit into the netting frame. Advise to pruning them would be helpful.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 00:33

Past few weeks have been hot and humid here but it's pouring it down now. The garden certainly needed it.

Picked my first yellow courgette this evening, the green one's are growing for Britian. Also picked some aubergines and I've had some red toms 

Growing white strawberries....

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 23:10

 Think I'll go to bed waterbutts 

Growing white strawberries....

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 22:35

Material for raised bed

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 21:45

Hi, Dr

I'm not an expert, but googled Tanalith 'E'. There's alot on information on line. This is what I found- 

... it's a waterborne product based on copper triazole technology.  Copper is derived from recycled sources and triazoles are organic biodegradable biocides, commonly used to protect many of the food crops we eat.  TANALISED pressure treated timber is usually specified for both in and out of ground contact applications where there is a medium to high risk of decay or insect attack. 

sounds ok to use on raised beds. A further google search said if the wood has been treated prior to being used as a raised bed and not treated afterwards as a preserve it is ok to grow veg oganically.

 It can be difficult when making raised beds from wood to decide what to use to preserve the wood if you grow veg in the beds. Mine are wooden and I didn't pay to much attention to preserving them, two were bought online fit for purpose and a third was constructed from scafolding boards. 

I'm sure other posters will be able to give further advise but as you've made the beds and if concerned about stuff leaching into the soil you could further line the wood on the insde of the raised bed with plastic.

Keenisms

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 20:54

Hi, Keen 

Don't stop creating threads, more makes for a better, interesting board, if they're similar to what's already on I'm sure someone will say. I tend not to post on the forkers, started off with good intentions but can't keep up with the banter as I don't usually come on line till about this time. Everyone seems friendly on there though and they welcome newbis.

Some threads are seasonal and others are resurrected every now and then by being bumped up. I imagine the seed swap one will return, as now is the time to start collecting seeds.  

I liked the weather thread as most posters just posted once or twice a day, ever so easy to keep up with but that seems to have dropped out of circulation

Happy posting, one other thing, long postings are easier to read if split into paragraphs. 

Email notifications

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 01:30

I don't get notifications either, sent an e-mail  but not yet recieved a response...

MOB rants

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 23:13

The seagulls at Blackpool zoo are planted there to stop you loiting at picnic tables.  When I was left guarding a table whilst everyone else went to the loo a little boy came over, threw down some broken sandwiches then wandered. I'm  thinking, how sweet... but within seconds it was like a scene from the 'birds'. I fled the table for my life..by the time everyone immerged from the loo's it was a scene of tranquility again and a family of six were seated at our table. They thought me a wuss for deserting the table, you had to be there though.  

We had a similar experience with peacocks at a farm. What a silly place to put picnic tables right in the middle of where the peacocks were housed. They came and stood on the table, we were so stunned, although wide eyed even the children were calm, we packed up the picnic and slowly retreated out of the enclosure followed by the entire flock of peacocks eyeing the picnic 

Next time we go out, wherever it is, I'm gonna suggest a nice Brewers Fare with play park to wind down the day

WHY DOESN'T MY HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:46

I struggle to grow honeysuckle but it grows well in a neighbours garden.

I had two plants one old the other new, the old one was planted in shade the other in partial sun. The one in shade died this year, the other is producing flower buds but some of the leaves have developed black spots and other leaves go yellow and die. I don't know  why?

MOB rants

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 21:33

There look to be two garden companies nearby and I've found a site on line where, after describing the job to be done, I receive 3 quotes.

I just want the problem to go away and thought it had until last weekend. I'll take before and after pics just in case they're needed at a later date and will be mindful not to cut to close to the boundary.

I don't relish the thought of telling him the plan, but of course, the reason for it is due to the climbers becoming over grown on my side and begining to climb up the house and if he can think of a better solution I'd be happy to listen. I'll be able to ask where he would like me to put his trimmings .  

The jury's still out as to whether to tell him but I'd take a friends OH for moral support, if I do. One does spring to mind, who is as placid as a lamb but appearances can project a different picture.

A dog's out of the question, I have a cat and work full time although it's a nice thought. 

Wish me luck. Hopefully I'll get the quotes tomorrow.   

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