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Kitty
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Posted -  07/03/2007  :  23:30
Can we have a gardening website?  I have decided to have a vegetable patch this year and the tomatoe and broad beans have already been sown and are coming up.  The compost is looking great and I can't wait for the runner beans, courgettes, cut and come again spinach, radishes and onions!  It would be great to have a forum to discuss things as I know I will have loads of unanswered questions soon...


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gus
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Posted - 12/01/2011 : 09:43
Do you know where in Fence wendy ?/


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wendyf
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Posted - 12/01/2011 : 13:05
Sorry Gus, I didnt go, but I will try and extract the information from my husband!


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wendyf
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Posted - 12/01/2011 : 14:03
He says it was something like "Bill's timber reclamation", a yard selling all sorts of odds and ends.


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Stanley
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Posted - 13/01/2011 : 08:12
Have a word on Steeplejack's Corner. They'll know where the old scaffold boards are hiding.


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wendyf
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Posted - 12/02/2011 : 13:15
Has anyone had success growing fruit trees in containers? I couldn't  resist getting apple trees and a plum tree from Aldi at £3.99 each, but they will have to be grown in big pots.


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Sue
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Posted - 12/02/2011 : 17:33
I haven't grown them in containers but I have bought their trees and they have been very successful


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Stanley
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Posted - 13/02/2011 : 05:20
Is the Ladslove still alive?


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Tizer
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Posted - 13/02/2011 : 10:59
Wendy, the trees will be OK in pots if they are dwarf varieties labelled as being for pots. Otherwise I think they will want to be out in the ground soon.

The unusually cold winter down in the SouthWest has played havoc with the more tender plant species. We had night-time temperatures of -17C (0 deg F) and some days at -10C (12F) . Most noticeable is that all the cabbage palms (Cordyline australis, natives of N. Zealand) have been killed. These are the tall palms with strap-like leaves that you see everywhere around Torbay and in Cornish resorts and they normally grow well throughout the SouthWest. The leaves have died and fallen off and we will have to see if they regenerate or dead. It's a shame because many are old trees - ours have been here 15 years and are about 10 foot tall and others in the village must be at least 25 years old, which shows that it was the worstwinter for at least 25 years here. The evergreen Pittasporums, a common hedging plant here, have lost their leaves too. I've attached a photo of one in our garden which had a big head of leaves, all gone!

Palm damaged by winter

Edited by - Tizer on 14/02/2011 16:35:43


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Sue
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Posted - 13/02/2011 : 16:43
It is Stanley, although resting at the moment. It is in our front porch on a shelf with a few other'over wintering plants'. There it is cool and dry. Protected from the weather andno chance of drying out or getting too hot as it is North facing. When there is sign of new growth I will put in the back conservatory, where I keep my geraniums and fuschias over the winter. There it gets more light and is warmer.


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wendyf
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Posted - 13/02/2011 : 17:36
The labels don't say if they are dwarf or standard trees, Tizer. It gives the variety, and a selection of pollinators, but no more.
Sue might know....
Anyway, I have potted them up in some nice big pots, and time will tell!


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Stanley
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Posted - 14/02/2011 : 06:30
Good. Sounds as though it has survived!


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Sue
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Posted - 14/02/2011 : 10:28
I don't think they are dwarf trees but they are slow growing, being so small it will take some time before they need to be moved from a bigpot. If it is well watered it should be ok for some time. I have a  Red maple tree in a pot and it is not the sort for apot, it has survived for several years and grows well. I just prune it to a nice size every year and feed it throughout the summer when I do my normal pot plants. So your trees may survive.


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Tizer
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Posted - 14/02/2011 : 16:37
I've just added a photo of one of those palms to my post above. If the same has happened in Devon then Torquay won't be the same for a decade or so!


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Stanley
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Posted - 15/02/2011 : 05:36
We have a small palm type tree in a garden on Chapel Street. I'll have a look at it.


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Tizer
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Posted - 15/02/2011 : 09:21
We need Bradders to tell us what has happened to the palm trees in Cornwall.....where are you Bradders? Come in Bradders....we need a sit rep...


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