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12 September 2017 22:48:49


Looking for some advice from you experts out there,when is the right time to prune gooseberry bushes

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 September 2017 07:44:41

If they are established bushes prune back in November when the leaves have fallen and you can see what you are doing. If you have a look on uTube you may find Monty Don or some other garden giving a demo.

Dick Dick 13 September 2017 11:56:27

Daithi, There are certain times for pruning, depending what the aim is. You may be anxious to prevent the branches from rubbing against one another. In that case as Mary (Gracedieu Lass) said, November is ideal, in fact from November to late February. There is a case where you want to get rid of dead or deseased branches, that is also a good time. There is also what is called Summer Pruning. July is the best time or after the fruit has been picked. In this case, remove portion of the new wood. This will control the size of the bush.

daithi5 daithi5 13 September 2017 20:58:24

Thanks for the advice Gracedieu Lass and Dck, i will put it on my list for thing to do in november

Scrubber Scrubber 15 September 2017 22:52:33

You see daithi I dont have to write anything!!!Just as well as I didnt know!


15 May 2017 21:31:32

Hi folks

My potatoes have all got brown leaves and they have blackspots on them,would that be from the frost we got last week or is it blight 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 22:41:31

I think that might be blight. 

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 15 May 2017 23:45:49

Yes the frost did brown some of my earlies too, about 3 weeks ago . Remove the brown leaves as the rot can travel to the tuber. They recover well in time . Blight is some time away yet and mostly on main crop not earlies. Warm weather and showery is what to watch for with blight. 


Dick Dick 16 May 2017 12:36:31

Daithi, I don't think it is blight. This would tend to come in July as Deky said,too early more than likely it is frost.


10 November 2016 00:01:31

Need some advice,i have planted some runner strawberrys out in my garden should i cover them from the cold weather

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 November 2016 08:52:42

No need to cover them. The foliage will die back in the next few weeks, depending on the weather, but in spring new foliage will appear.

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 10 November 2016 18:56:16

When the new growth starts in the Spring I like to mulch mine . It suppresses weeds and feeds slowly too.  Best of luck . 

Dick Dick 10 November 2016 22:26:44

Daithi, strawberries are quite hardy. I find that the real problem with them is the birds, blackbirds in particular. This of course takes place in the summer so you have plenty of time to think of that. For years I enjoyed them from my garden but the birds seem to wipe them out in recent times, even when there is a net covering them.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 November 2016 08:24:06

We had a fox feeding on them this summer, Dick and they were netted. 

daithi5 daithi5 11 November 2016 23:17:21

Thanks all for the advice much appreciated 

Scrubber Scrubber 12 November 2016 20:12:31

Daithi when I saw strawbwerries I thought someone had got their seasons wrong. Silly me! They are hardy plants and come through very cold weather well! Hope you enjoy the taste next summer!


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