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by Davie Crockett
Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Which fruit & nut trees
Replies: 8
Views: 3425

Re: Which fruit & nut trees

Get yourself trees grafted onto dwarf rootstock i.e. Apple: MM106 rootstock. these can be planted in allotments/small gardens and grow to a maximum of 10ft. Pruning will obviously reduce this height and will probably improve the yield. Google search for dwarf rootstock for all the varieties you woul...
by Davie Crockett
Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cob Nut Sowing
Replies: 4
Views: 3220

Re: Cob Nut Sowing

The answer is that you can't expect them to come true to type from seed. By far the best way to obtain large numbers of one variety is the layering method. The downside is that it takes a couple of years to get enough to do anything with. You can obtain seedlings here: http://www.agroforestry.co.uk/...
by Davie Crockett
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: No Gardeners World for a month.
Replies: 10
Views: 10311

Re: No Gardeners World for a month.

Well done Marshlander! Apparantly every written complaint the BBC receive equates to an estimated 30,000 people who grumbled but didn't write. 35% of the Adult UK Population fall into this category. They actively take this demographic into account, so if you really want to make a difference, write t...
by Davie Crockett
Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Two new Beetles in my garden
Replies: 11
Views: 1581

Re: Two new Beetles in my garden

It is a European Chafer, Loads of info here Durgan: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/chafer.htm

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Both it and the Squash Vine Borer are pests and will affect your crops/pasture.
by Davie Crockett
Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Two new Beetles in my garden
Replies: 11
Views: 1581

Re: Two new Beetles in my garden

I'm not so sure the beetle is a water boatman as they live underwater and their back limbs are modified to form paddles. They look more like May bugs or cockchafers. The second one is actually a moth, it's a Squash Vine Borer, Melittia cucurbitae it mimics a wasp to deter predators.
by Davie Crockett
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:18 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: corks
Replies: 6
Views: 1790

Re: corks

Soak your corks in boiling water prior to inserting them, (allow about 1 inch air space under the cork). Once you've corked the bottle leave the bottle standing for a day or two to allow compressed gasses to escape through the cork, then lay them down to store. Another trick I've heard of but never ...
by Davie Crockett
Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Allotment fees.
Replies: 8
Views: 1464

Re: Allotment fees.

Mine is £25 per year 11m x11m, it's in a secure compound with running water. As for loos, I use the organic method :shock: (Small hole + sawdust).
by Davie Crockett
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Is my elder a rowan?
Replies: 18
Views: 8093

Re: Is my elder a rowan?

Looks like Elder to me too!
by Davie Crockett
Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Possible New Lottie
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: Possible New Lottie

Google map it on the satellite setting to try to find local water sources (Streams etc).

Once you have your plot, join the allotment association, you may be able to swap to one nearer home as is possible with council accommodation.

I used to live in Swindon. Where abouts are the allotments?
by Davie Crockett
Tue May 29, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Fig tree.
Replies: 9
Views: 1551

Re: Fig tree.

Don't prune it until after the leaves have fallen off. Mark the unwanted branches now with coloured wool/string so you know what to get rid of when it's naked.
by Davie Crockett
Sun May 27, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ... get rid of mare's tail?
Replies: 7
Views: 2408

Re: ... get rid of mare's tail?

Bend the stalks over and trample them, then spray with glyphosate. the trampling damages the waxy surface and allows the weedkiller to penetrate the weed.

Alternatively, pick them and polish your pewter with them.
by Davie Crockett
Sun May 20, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Plant ID please
Replies: 8
Views: 1704

Re: Plant ID please

I concur with MMM about the first one. The second one looks like it could be a climber/vine. The primary (juvenile) leaves are really unusual aren't they! What shape are the secondary leaves?
by Davie Crockett
Sat May 19, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Growing Wild Garlic
Replies: 15
Views: 6517

Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Wild garlic (Ramsons) is really easy to grow from seed. As said before, it is VERY invasive. My father planted 2 bulbs which he picked up after a tree had blown down and exposed the underlying soil. His garden is awash with them now. They are very efficient at casting seed. There's very good advice ...