Pruning Fruit Trees

Pruning Fruit Trees

ROOT PRUNING Root pruning is a method of trenching around the tree to cut away the tap roots. This has the same effect as “ ringing” in helping a tree to become more fruitful. It needs to be done carefully. I once carried out the operation on a pear tree grown against a wall wlaidh,…

Growing Figs

Growing Figs

CULTURE OF FIGS Figs are sometimes called the lazy man’s fruit. In the southern counties they thrive well, especially if given the protection of a wall. Soil should be poor and well , drained, with an ample quantity of lime and plenty of water given when the fruit swells. Very little pruning is needed, but…

Growing Quinces

Growing Quinces

QUINCE GROWING Quinces are seldom grown for their fruit these days, the chief use being as a stock for grafting pear trees ; for this purpose they are raised in vast quantities by nurserymen. A light soil with an ample supply of moisture is best for quinces, and a full-grown tree 15 ft. to zo…

Growing Loganberries, mulberries and veitchberries

Growing Loganberries, mulberries and veitchberries

LOGANBERRY A cross between the American raspberry and the blackberry. It is self-fertile. This fruit will grow well on heavy soils, but will thrive best on a moist, but well-drained deep rich loam. Treatment is similar to that of raspberries but the loganberry will often flourish where the former gives unsatisfactory results. Propagation. By layering…

How to Grow Raspberries

How to Grow Raspberries

RASPBERRY GROWING Soil. This fruit does best in soil that will hold moisture—new ground should be trenched and ihanured 2 ft. deep. Stable manure should be worked in well near the surface. If this is not available, any decaying vegetable rubbish will help to conserve moisture. Partial shade is an advantage, and raspberries can be…

Growing Red Currants

Growing Red Currants

RED CURRANTS Soil. Red currants are lovers of light soil—sand, gravel or chalk, and are most unhappy in any that is at all cold and damp. They will, however, grow under apples, pears and plums quite successfully and so in the small garden can occupy that space in which few fruits or vegetables an be…

Cherry Growing Guide

Cherry Growing Guide

For the successful cherry growing the soil must be light and well drained. Gardens on sand or chalk will give the best results, but a heavy loam can be made quite suitable if it is very deeply dug prior to planting and some system of drainage adopted. A heavy clay soil cannot, however, be brought…

How To Grow Plums

How To Grow Plums

PLUM GROWING Plums require a light soil such as sand, gravel or chalk. The latter is the most suitable, as a certain amount of lime is necessary. Sandy and gravelly soils need to have lime added at the time of planting. Mortar rubble is a convenient form, and each autumn in the following years hydrated…

Pear Growing

Pear Growing

GROWING PEARS Pears, like apples, require a deep well-drained soil with plenty of humus, especially in the young stages. Newly planted pear trees are apt to stand still for a year or two, due partly to faulty planting, but chiefly to insufficient food of a nitrogenous character. Manure and decaying leaves added to the soil…

Types Of Apples

Types Of Apples

VARIETIES OF APPLES Apples are the easiest of all fruits to grow. The ideal soil is a deep, well-drained loam with plenty of vegetable matter worked into it. A heavy soil should be dug deeply to render it suitable for planting young trees. The vigour of apple trees varies considerably, and a heavy soil requires…

Growing Fruit – How To Stock And Maintain A Fruit Garden

Growing Fruit – How To Stock And Maintain A Fruit Garden

All soils will grow some kind of fruit and every garden, however small, can produce something. The individual requirements of each fruit need to be understood, but once the principles of cultivation are grasped subsequent maintenance is quite simple. The main operations are pruning in winter, spraying in winter and spring, feeding in spring and…

How To Propagate Plants

How To Propagate Plants

Knowing the various methods of how to propagate plants give you an increased level of self sufficiency as you are no longer reliant on outside sources for continued growth. Propagating Vegetables There are a few vegetables that are raised other than by seed. Crops of potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes are raised from tubers planted in…

Staking Garden Plants

Staking Garden Plants

Staking is one of the most important operations in the garden and varies with the type of plant under consideration. Whatever method is employed it should be done early in May. 1. The most usual method employed is to place three bamboo canes at equal distances round each clump and twist tarred string from cane…

How To Repair Render

How To Repair Render

There are few homes that don’t have at least one area of cement based render covering the original brickwork or stonework. More often than not it’s there to fulfil an important protective — as well as decorative — function, so it makes sense to know how to repair render and ensure that what may start…

How To Repair Eaves

How To Repair Eaves

Rot is the biggest enemy of any exterior woodwork so learning how to repair eaves can save you a small fortune. Nowhere is this more true than at roof level, and the visible timbers — fascias, bargeboards and soffits — are most at risk. Repairs are generally simple, but should be done soon to prevent…