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    Wizer, noted on your blog that your collar was felt for planting the tree, in case they get too large. To prevent this, because they are pear and cherry, I suggest that you fan train them against a frame. All you need is two post about 2' foot from either side of the tree and that run wire across and tie in the branches into a fan shape and then cut off any that are pointing the wrong way. They will get big and fast. My cherry tree was that size when I bought it 5 years ago, it's now 10' tall.
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    Thanks Andrew, it's actually Pear and Plum. But you're right, on closer inspection I have noticed the Pear and Plum are actually 'pixy' which grows to 10ft. I have posted a question on the matter in my other thread.

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    have just planted lots of bulbs: crocosmia, acidanthera, ixia, and some others whose name I've forgotten already. planted my maincrop spuds yesterday, anyone know how long before I should see anything appearing?

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    Have just planted Thames Plum over my fruit arch (in the rain but had no choice) and pruned back all the laterals to create a cordon Plum. Could only get down 18" before I started hitting big cobbles and stones (couldn't get these out but poured water in the hole and it drained instantly - fear there may be a well beneath and therefore don't want to dig too far and vanish). The variety was bare rooted and very big, hope it takes, mixed in lots of compost and blood, fish and bone and watered afterwards but not too much as it was hissing down by then. I hte pruning in the wet but had no choice as the lateral were up to 3' long! and whipping everywhere.
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    It's been raining non-stop all week here since the snow stopped at weekend so I have contented myself by buying some cheap compost from Lidl & terracotta pots from Tesco & am sowing some carrot seed in them to try & get some early baby carrots.

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    Yesterday I planted a Family Pear tree, Dual Cherry and a Dual Plum in to large pots as a temporary measure. Too much rain to do much with more with them.
    Today I went to B&Q and picked up some reduced price plants and onion sets.
    Planted four dozen Polyanthus of mixed colours and nine Oriental Hellebores.

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    I pricked out some brassicas & potted up 50 geraniums - very pleasant. (and tidied the greenhous up a bit)
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    Hi All, I'm new to the message board and hope nobody minds me joining in. We had a lovely sunny day today with only a couple of light showers so I took the oppertunity to get out into the garden. Hoed the onions and garlic,sowed carrots in containers also mini white turnip and some rhuberb seed (fingers crossed)Have the garden ready to put in potatoes if the weather is suitable tomorrow. Reading all the postings, sounds so interesting.
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