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Gooseberry pruning...

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:07

I've a couple of gooseberry bushes grown from cuttings which, as they've grown have been pruned, to get a goblet shape.

They are in their 3rd year now and have lots of berries on, which are pulling the young branches down to ground level. Not sure what to do with them, should I stake up the young branches...prune...pick half the crop and hope the branches spring back up....

Thank you for your responses in advance... 

GW Live

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 21:08

Leadfarmer. It was a lot quieter than the Southport and Tatton Park shows I've been too but a lot bigger than both. We put it down to being quiet because it was a weekday.   

The friend I went with thinks gardening is like watching paint dry, I sold the trip to her on the basis she would enjoy the Goodfood Show and it didn't disappoint, the celbs were out in force, with book signings, talks and audiences...Paul Rankin was selling bread on a stall...Would have liked to have gone again today as the hairy bikers were there. Unfortunately the gardening celbs fell on stony ground, my friend had only heard of Alan T and has only watched GW on TV once...which was last Friday..    

The out door garden section was a bit of a whirl wind tour for me. Thought said friend was going to break into a jog, to get out, when I suggested we just walked down one side of the floral hall..but we spent more time looking at the gardens and had a drink in Witherspoons before getting the train home .       . 

Last edited: 18 June 2016 21:10:12

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 20:36

rosemummy, better still if you have some black plastic. You could try asking your brother to strip, it may impress the association but I'd be inclined to ask him to do something more practical like strim the plot    

Been to the plot today, did some weeding and planting out. The plot is beginning to fill out with veg now, providing lots of ground cover to keep down the weeds. Harvested rubarb, strawberries, spinach, mangetout, potatoes, globe artichokes, onions and some herbs.

Went to Gardeners World Live on Friday. Came home with a scarecrow and lots of seeds. It was a lovely day out.  

Gg, I'm being very optimistic about showing stuff, for instance courgettes which I'd like to show only have about four leaves on them, will they be ready by 15/16th July , gooseberries are ready to pick now, will some be OK to leave on the plant till then and I'd struggle to find 3 sticks of rubarb, straight and the same length LOL. It's all good fun though .

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 00:44

Let the association know what's happened rose mummy and tell them about your arthritis. I found them really understanding last year when taken ill very suddenly in March 2015. I came down with meningitis and viral something or other. When I came out of hospital I couldn't walk more than a few yards without the aid of a stick or being in pain and still have double vision and thought I'd never get better. The plot has been part of my recovery, I'm back at work now but it was something to focus on and kept me busy.

Haven't been to the plot other than to water this week. Plan to go today, happy growing everyone...

Last edited: 18 June 2016 00:48:33

GW Live

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 23:08

What a lovely day, had my photo taken with Paul Rankin, what a nice guy. Came home with a scarecrow for the allotment and lots of seeds.Not enough time to see everything though, the day went so quickly. 

GW Live

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 20:41

I'm going tomorrow. Been to Southport and Tatton Park shows but first time at Gardeners World live. Train gats in just after 11.

Last time I was at the NEC was to see The Who"s final concert...

We've booked to see A.T and M.B, I'm taking a selfy stick  in case there's opportunity to take a pic...

What can I grow under small apple tree?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 01:33

You could grow a few strawberry plants, they are shallow rooting and if you nip back any runners the patch won't become over crowded. Your first strawberry plants will be good for at least three years before needing to replant.


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 01:23

I"ve bindweed on the plot digging it out has been most effective. Were it grew back amongst herbs I dug up the plants and pulled the bindweed roots out of the herb roots and replanted them.

I find chemicals only work in killing the root in proportion to the foliage soaked above ground, so around a tree I allowed the bindweed to grow up individual canes until it started to produce flower heads then soaked the plant with a weed killer.  

sweetcorn struggling

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 01:05

They need to be in the ground. I risked putting them out a few weeks ago and with the hot sun they've put on at least a ft growth. 

Plant them in a shallow trench, then earth them up as they grow. The trench gives some protection from wind whilst the roots establish.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 20:08

GWRS. Now that is hot...

I'm thinking of entering the veg section at The Great Eccleston Show. Haven't done anything like that before and me thinks it could be a challenge. It's not till 6/17-Jul....I've peas, onions, rubard, gooseberries and some other stuff which might be good to go.

Do you think I could enter some chucney made 2 years ago...

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