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VM



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
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Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 13 9:03 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Not planting a lot until next season, as we're still clearing away leylandii and some other shrubs and maybe some trees from the new garden so we can see what the space is like and where to put things. It's a nice garden already but with an emphasis on flowering shrubs and trees whereas for us the reason for buying this particular place was that we could make a good kitchen garden.

So my soft fruit cuttings (black, white, redcurrants and green and red gooseberries) that I brought from Manchester, are just about to be potted on into larger pots then planted out in autumn/winter. Luckily the nice people we bought the house from have left lots of compost!

And I have bought a Czar plum and a Lincolnshire variety of gage from the East of England Apples & Orchards Project (www.applesandorchards.org.uk) - only new things to go in this year.

Maybe it's sentimental but I'm wanting Lincolnshire varieties as so pleased with my new home. Lincolnshire Buff hens next on the list!

Finsky



Joined: 10 Sep 2011
Posts: 847
Location: Notts.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 13 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I want to put in some soft fruit bushes - our garden is shrubs and lawn and there are lots of nice spaces where I could stick in rasperries, blackcurrants, goosegogs etc.

Any suggestions for the best place to get them?


OOH..have a look at RV.ROGER fruit nursery's site..they have HUGE collection of gooseberries and plenty of other fruits too. I keep looking at their goosegogs thinking that I want 'goosie hedge' made of different varieties so I can trial what is best...but as my purse strings are on short side and I'm not able to cut down my 'want' list..my 'hedge' has been put on hold for time being. I must keep saving more pound coins into my terramunda pot..
http://rvroger.co.uk/index.php?linksource=section&listgroupfile=fruitandnuttrees&season=MAIN&parentpagefile=opengroundfruit
adit to add; looks like Roger's have now sold out for the season..but you can still see what they stock in..

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 13 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lots of new additions here:

http://www.korewildfruitnursery.co.uk/trees.html

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 13 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Lots of new additions here:

http://www.korewildfruitnursery.co.uk/trees.html


Not come across these people before - interesting plants, thanks.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3223
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 13 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Look out, its the fruit tree pusher.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13510

PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 13 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Planting of trees can be very addictive but its especially so with fruit trees. I've found myself already planning what I might get next year and where I might put them. Help me !

cassy



Joined: 04 Feb 2008
Posts: 1047
Location: South West Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 13 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: Fruit - what are you planting? Reply with quote    

dan1 wrote:
How have you got on with the blue honeysuckle? Worth growning and any advice on sources + varieties?

Hiya,
I wrote a bit about them here. That was 2 years ago and though both bushes are growing steadily and seem healthy, the crops since then have been puny. They are probably not the best if you are short of space, however they are tough, shrubby plants and would do great as part of a mixed wind-break. The flowers are frost-resistant so if you have pollinating insects around at this time of year, you might get better crops than I have. If you have space, I reckon they're still worth growing, as up here the fruit is ready before any other berry. They come pretty easily from semi-ripe cuttings too.

You can get them from A.R.T. and Cool Temperate.

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 13 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

8 peach trees, to compliment my persimmons, figs & even trying some kiwi's, also got pears & tangerines.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
Look out, its the fruit tree pusher.


Moi?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nugger wrote:
8 peach trees, to compliment my persimmons, figs & even trying some kiwi's, also got pears & tangerines.


I didn't think you'd get enough cold in the winter for peaches?

Would love to grow tangerines

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well we normally get down to 15F which is about -8 but this year we have only got down to 28F, actually they forecast a freeze this morning but only got to 40 but supposed to be 28 in the morning, we shall see. In this part of the country its kinda the bermuda triangle for growing, if you pick your plants you can grow apple's, pear's bananas & citrus all together, weird hey. The peach's we grow req 450 hrs below 40, crest, florida king & queen are the types I have. We are only an hr from the Georgia border & Georgia is the peach state!
What brings us the cold weather is the jet stream & normally we get our last frost around now but last year it was 31 Jan. This year we have had 6 lots of 2 days at a time where it got down to around 28 for a few hrs but its enough for my papya's to drop there fruit but it hasn't killed the plants this year. You have to get your tomato plants in the ground as soon as the frost's have gone so that the fruit will set because if not the nights later on will be too hot for the fruit to set, 72F ! Hard to take it in after living in Britain, that now I am in a place where its too hot to grow tomato's lol. Go 2 hrs south to Tampa & its tropical, grow all kinda things but up here we got some granddaddy oaks, live oaks, I have one down my drive that is 18ft round, I know cos I put my arms round it 3 times to span it & thats a baby! looks so nice with the spanish moss.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hold on, so if it gets down to 15F how do your tangerines survive? (If it's warm enough for citrus could you grow mangoes?)

Sounds great though, especially the oak.

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 12:59 pm    Post subject: Tangerine Reply with quote    


tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A satsuma? Looks great

So, is it warm enough for mangoes?

I gather blood oranges like a bit of a chill, ever tried them?

I guess pecans, pistachios would do fine too?

But I bet our apples are better than yours

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Talking of fruit trees OP's just updated his search function, FINALLY a nursery website that lets you filter by multiple attributes

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/search.aspx?aid=208

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