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by oldjerry
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Have I cocked my fruit trees?
Replies: 6
Views: 2584

Re: Have I cocked my fruit trees?

Leave well alone till next spring,I'll look the Topaz up and reapply the brain and return.
by oldjerry
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:21 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Have I cocked my fruit trees?
Replies: 6
Views: 2584

Re: Have I cocked my fruit trees?

Can't tell for sure DnD,but all is not lost. There are 2 ways to prune apples.1)Applies to most apples,2)Applies to 'tip bearers'.These require far less radical pruning.I'd have to know the variety,but from here,it looks like that could be what's happened. Solution...thin out some of those verticals...
by oldjerry
Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Which apple trees?
Replies: 4
Views: 2255

Re: Which apple trees?

I'm sure you'll do this anyway, but do wait 'till the backend,and plant bare root.There's zillions to chose from Keepers aren't bad,I really like Bucknall nurseries,not on line but they'll probably send them by courier.I'd cordon them so use the cordon to divide the plot(?) Use M9 or M26 rootstock,y...
by oldjerry
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Just a little bit of sunshine ...
Replies: 3
Views: 1801

Re: Just a little bit of sunshine ...

Seeing as you're not going to let on what variety the straws are,I'll guess......Could they be 'Tony's Out of Season Mid-Atlantic Specials'...?
by oldjerry
Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Giant onions
Replies: 12
Views: 1509

Re: Giant onions

You're a tad late for this year.Next time round sow the seed with bottom heat in early Jan.They might need supplementary lighting before you put them out(then perhaps in a tunnel.)I really like Robinson's 'Mammoth' seed,readily available,it sounds like a lot of hassle,but there's obviously a lot of ...
by oldjerry
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Pretty tree ID
Replies: 5
Views: 2444

Re: Pretty tree ID

The big things are Magnolia Grandiflora,usual prob they have is late frosts which brown the flowers before they open.or something a bit splendid,google Trewidden Blue.
by oldjerry
Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Do you believe in decreasing your consumption?
Replies: 12
Views: 1533

Re: Do you believe in decreasing your consumption?

Perhaps if you'd made that clear you may have had more constructive responses. You've probably come to the right place to find your 'anti-consumer',but as such the wording of your original post was strange,why would an 'anti-consumer' bother with 'convenience'goods ? (or at least admit doing it!).Th...
by oldjerry
Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: First swallows
Replies: 14
Views: 2046

Re: First swallows

No sign of any swallows yet,but the Gannets are coming this weekend....(to see their Grandchildren, I've already emptied the freezer, and I'm going fishing......)
by oldjerry
Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Suggested shrubs please?
Replies: 6
Views: 2297

Re: Suggested shrubs please?

Obvious answer I s'pose but the usual replacement for Box is Euonymous Fortunei, dead easy,but a bit boring.Less obvious,ideal place for some of the dwarf Bamboes,check specialist nurseries on line,or pm me if you like.If it were me,I'd plant a mix of Sedum,Sempervivum,outdoor cyclamen and Snowdrop/...
by oldjerry
Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 92
Views: 64725

Re: What are you reading?

That is,quite simply brilliant.The only reason backyard duck-keeping is not more popular is this continual waterchanging thing(although they mess up grass,they work well in a straw yard system).If that system was perfected,it would be as easy to keep ducks in your garden as chickens,but with more,be...
by oldjerry
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 92
Views: 64725

Re: What are you reading?

Scouting through the library yesterday ,came across a book that's new to me,on a subject I know little of, '' Aquaponic Gardening '' by Sylvia Bernstein.Fascinating stuff (I recall last year we used to have an American couple that posted on here that were into it.) In about 18 months,when I've shore...
by oldjerry
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: recycled Materials to make raised beds
Replies: 8
Views: 4559

Re: recycled Materials to make raised beds

Don't know what lolcats is,but if it isn't cats that look like Hitler check that out.

Anyhow, the only thing that gets near to condemned scaffold boards(don't pay more than £3) is Armco,get this from a serious recycling/scrapyard,and cut it with a disc cutter. BWs.
by oldjerry
Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: DIY Greenhouse Scheme
Replies: 9
Views: 4240

Re: DIY Greenhouse Scheme

Would a 10'x12'GH really cost 3grand? Bloody hell. To be honest,it doesn't do a lot for me.Firstly there's a hell of a lot of timber in it,that would be major pricey (over here at least).Next,the metal sides are a complete no.(heat retention etc etc).Thirdly,corrugated is corrugated to point down!(i...
by oldjerry
Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cordon fruit trees
Replies: 21
Views: 7410

Re: Cordon fruit trees

As things are,don't whatever you do try to water the trees while they are heeled in.If they have got a bit dried out,so be it,if you water then it freezes again they will suffer(and if it's not freezing get them planted!). I'm with DnD,they won't come to any harm,if they begin to break bud,fleece th...