Zoomer44


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Fruit trees - plum and apple

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:45

I'm no expert but had a plum tree on my last allotment, I'm given to understand two things need to happen for it to fruit. It needs to blossom but a late frost can kill the blossom in which case there will be no fruit. Secondly the blossom needs to be polinated and so bee's need to be encouraged to come. 

Are the branches conjested and crossing over? My tree was in need of a sever prune and so in the autumn it was cut back a third, all the crossed branches taken out and branches I couldn't reach to pick fruit.It was a very sever pruning but produced a pumper crop.

Does your apple tree have ants on or around the stem, these can farm aphids. ,    

Growing lillies.

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

Thanks Bob. I found them on other plants last year and the one's on the allotment were totally infested.Such a shame they are such lovely flowering plants.

Guess it's back to daily inspections......and the compost is going to the tip, I don't want them flying out of there when I come to take off the lid.

Rogue potatoes - should I encourage them?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 22:56

Dig it out, you then start with a clean slate rather than having the odd spud growing randomly in veg beds which may not harvest at the same time as spuds and disturb their roots when you dig up the spuds.

Growing lillies.

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 22:12

I grow lillies in pots and last year lilly beetle seemed worse than in previous years. 

This year, my first line of defence was to replace all the compost in the pots with fresh. 

Q is - There's alot of old compost, can it be recycled in a dalek, mine does get very hot, at times you can feel the hot air hit you as the lid is taken off and it will have all summer to rot down. I won't be using the compost as a mulch now until the autumn, will the beasties be killed in a hot bin...  .

Gardening glove suggestions?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:53

Gold leaf are the only gloves endorsed by RHS...

Gardening glove suggestions?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:46

I'd like to know the answer for a good pr of general purpose one's.

I use hard wearing builders gloves for brambles and prickly jobs which does the trick.

Sorry I can't help further.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:27

We've had some lovely warm weather the past two days. Went down to the plot on Saturday, in just three weekends missed, the dandilions were in full growth, now why don't veggies grow so rampant

The GH frame is now secure and shallots/onions/spuds planted out. Under estimated how much room was needed for the spuds. I've another row still to plant.

Spent the afternoon today, relaxing in the backgarden.  

Germination times

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 14:04

I didn't have time to pot them on sooner Welshonion, they grew that quickly, but it would be more advisable to pot them on when the root's smaller.

weed id please

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:45

OMG - Landgirl wasn't kidding when she said it had a big root, and I thought I had problems with dock and dandilions

Plant pots

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:27

i put plastic pots in terracotta, that way I can have several different displays of different plants throughout the year by changing the plastic pots. 

If I decide to put some nice pots in the front garden (front door only 3ft from pavement) I have a couple of pots with drawing pins stuck to the underside of the rim, odd how no one seems to want the plants in the plastic pots..

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