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May. 22nd, 2006 @ 10:46 am Hello and cherries
Hello, I just joined this community, looking for a UK gardening community, and it seemed the closest option. I don't have an allotment, but I've recently acquired a small garden, and I'm a beginner. My main interest in it is fruit and vegetables. Am I in the right place? Is this community functioning?

If so, I planted a young cherry tree early in the year. It's now quite leafy but there've been no flowers at all. I suspect it's because it's still settling in, but I'm slightly concerned I might have inadvertantly neglected to do something important. I've fed it a couple of times with a general plant food (the packet says it's fine for fruit trees among other things).
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From:fba
Date:May 22nd, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
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This community tends to be in fits and starts - it isn't completely dead but I'd say it never really got off the ground!

As for cherries - that is one thing we don't have (as they can get quite big) but I'll have a look in our books when I'm at home tonight and see what they say.
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 22nd, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
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I have some books at home, but it's all new and they easily confuse me. Plus I'm one of those people who simply can't concentrate on instructions.

Incidentally, the person in the garden centre where I bought the tree said there's no need to let the tree get too big. She told me I should be in control, not the tree. It was rather like buying a puppy. Not that I've ever bought a puppy.

If it's okay to discuss geenral fruit and vegetable gardening (not just allotments) maybe I could suggest it to other people I know? But I don't want to barge in to your allotment oriented community as a non-allotment person, and frankly an allotment would be more than I could handle by myself.
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From:fba
Date:May 22nd, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
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geenral fruit and vegetable gardening

Totally - all allotments are is veg gardening on a bigger scale! The more the merrier!

frankly an allotment would be more than I could handle by myself.

They are quite a time sink and a lot of places seem to have waiting lists these days. Our allotments has got to the stage where they are splitting plots in two - partially due to demand, but also because a lot of people are duanted by a full-sized plot.
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From:cabd
Date:May 22nd, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
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It'll be fine. Most likely it'll fruit next year or the year after. Give it time to put some roots out, and you'll soon discover that cherry trees are like weeds.
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 22nd, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Ah thanks. I'll stop being an anxious parent then. This is the first tree I ever planted. I'm hoping to find room to squeeze in a little plum as well.
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From:k425
Date:May 22nd, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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It might be a bit early still for blossom, depending on where you are?
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 22nd, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Right near Bristol. My Oxford friends already had blossom ages ago (and posted photos), but I'm not sure what variety they have.
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From:enidw
Date:May 23rd, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
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You probably need to wait a year or two for flowers. Certainly nothing to panic over.
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 23rd, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
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Jeremy's tree already flowered and they only planted it less than a year ago.