Zoomer44


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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:33

After saying I wasn't going to grow globe artichokes, several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store at a rock bottom bargin price and not really thinking they would grow planted them out, 1 died but the rest have florished.

I'm not sure what to do with them now, will the crowns need protection over winter? Should the leaves be cut back and crowns mulched?

Thanks in advance for your replies... 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:21

If anyone is looking to bag a fruit tree bargin, Asda are selling fruit tree's for £5, they had a selection of pears and apple at the weekend. B & Q are selling them for £10 each, apple and plum.

I bought 6 tree's but didn't know about the one's at Asda until after buying some from B & Q which was a tab bit annoying as I could have saved £20.

 

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

I was so annoyed today.

Went to Asda and they are selling fruit tree's for £5 and they had a James Grieves. I called in yesterday morning to be told they were not selling fruit tree's, in fact the guy I spoke to looked at me like I was speaking 'Maderin Chinese' when asking him about fruit tree's ...I made a complaint...

The lady at Customer Services suggested I took the other tree's back and buy from Asda but I'd already planted them out. I did buy two pear tree's though, they were calling out to be bought.

Sounds like good advise Chicky, hope I have the will power to do the same.

Follow On Planting Combinations

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 00:13

I struggle  with succession planting  as it goes against rotation planting, companion planting also conflicts with both in some cases...it's not easy and I haven't yet got my head around it...   

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 23:30

I did a reca this morning of local stores/GC's.

Went with Victoria plum, I've a mature tree on another plot which produced a mega crop this year.

Purchased Cox and Braeburn, along with bramley and all three planted out this afternoon...

Whilst on the reca for fruit tree's purchased a Jostaberry bush Never heard of one before...cross between gooseberry and blackcurrant...

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:50

I'm also purchasing a Victoria Plum and was going to plant the tree's in a row across the plot.

Planting a plum tree along side apple tree's won't make any difference will it or should it be planted in a different part of the plot? 

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:45

Thanks pansyface. The store are saving a bramley and gala for me till tomorrow and hopefully the Braeburn won't have been sold. I could do a reca of other stores in the morning before collecting but think it unlikely any will have a James Grieves at such a good price, it's noted to do well in the north though.

I've got Pomana fruits autumn catalogue to look through, it's been like a bible trying to decide what to get, James Greives is in there.

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:26

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's and as bramley is a reliable cropper have decided on this as the cooking variety to grow but it needs at least two other tree's to pollinate it according to info I've found on line. 

I know nothing about apples tree's and polination but have grasped, in order for some apple tree's to be pollinated they need other apple tree's growing close by and group 4 are recommended for bramley.

The same store has Gala, Cox Orange Pippin and Braeburn all group 4 tree's.

The Q is although it may sound silly - if I purchase two of these and plant the bramley in the middle would it be pollinated by bee's from pollen from these tree's?

... and being in the same group the two other tree's will be pollinated at the same time?    

Q- if I wanted to grow apple tree's from other groups would I always need two tree's of the same group?

The tree's are £10 each and alot to pay if they bear no fruit...

bizarre situation- what would you do?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 20:46

Good luck with your new plot...everything comes to the one who waits...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:05

Fruitcake - looks like you've been lucky and got a good site, on flat ground too. The patio table is a real bonus.

 It's an Aldin's cave with compost bins, gooseberry bushes and...black plastic...it's good to cover ground over after being dug until ready for planting - stops the weeds from growing .

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