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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 20 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That's what I thought and the way I have been growing them. I have vine tomatoes, as those are the easiest plants to get hold of, and I don't have much luck growing them from seed. House not warm enough at the right time of year.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 20 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've planted a Victoria plum tree and I was wondering, should I remove the bottom shoots? Thanks



dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 20 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

yep

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 20 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thank you kind sir.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 20 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How are you intending to grow it? As a standard tree or are you going to train it?

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 20 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cordon might work if that is a fence behind it

fan trained is pretty and another good use of space

big and "tree shaped" has + and - points
shade vs shelter
resource use vs crop size

ed for clarity, maybe a bit more ed 2 it makes sense
ease of harvest makes me like keep it low, amenity and a crop if i bother to climb when that one is ready can be nice but shoulder height fruit for convenience and getting the crop every time a fruit is ready

for domestic cordon or fan is good
some years all will need picking at the same time, others there will be several windows of opportunity

top fruit is fun

the rhs did an ace top fruit book

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 20 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks for that DPack. Your knowledge is a wonderful thing and is much appreciated.

It's towards the back of allotment near to my shed MR, so I am just going to let it grow and see what it brings. I'll not let it go feral though.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 20 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I pulled some carrots this weekend and out of 5 I pulled 3 of them had split. Please could someone let me know what has caused this?

Thank you.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 20 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

by split do you mean forked? which usually is the root tip hitting a stone and going round it in 2 or more ways

or

is it the barrel of the carrot has split open? which is usually rain after a drought

when i have had carrot success i have sieved the soil, made it as deep as possible and tried to keep it evenly watered through the season

not as moody as parsnips for forking and some types are more prone to it than others

i tend to go for finger size salad carrots so have had less issues than folk who grow main crop big uns

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 20 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks DPack.

It's the carrot itself that has split open. I guess it's those warm spells we had. I just sowed and watered once as Monty said you can more or less leave them to themselves. Should I have been watering more often?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 20 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If it's been consistently dry and then it suddenly starts getting wet then you do stand the chance of them splitting. Because we had access to free water and an irrigation system I just used to water everything (unless it was raining).

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 20 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Unless it has rotted, you can still use the carrot. Just cut either side of the split and use the rest. As the other say, too dry then wet.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 20 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you have fairly shallow or stony soil, I have found stump rooted varieties work best.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 20 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thank you everyone, I'll remember for next year.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 20 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

A guide to watering from an old friend was-a light shower of rain 7 days a week. If on shallow sandy soil then on Sunday give it a watered down shower of slurry, but just water for carrots!

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