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20/08/2007 at 21:03
Had my allotment for 12 years lovely fresh veg all year round. Best thing I ever did.
01/09/2007 at 14:20
How do I know when my apples are ripe? We planted a 3 in one tree and are pleased with the large quantity of fruit but have no idea when they are suposed to be ready. Thankyou
06/09/2007 at 13:28
The best way to tell if an apple is ready to harvest is to gently cup a fruit in your hand and then give the stalk a couple of twists as you turn the fruit - if it comes away its ready, if not...its not. And I have to admit that I often try the taste test too as I rather enjoy apples that are just a little bit un-ripe as far as the official opinion goes!
24/09/2007 at 12:30
I have a small patio and decking area and would like to grow fruit trees, perhaps apples and pears, in pots. Do I look for miniature or dwarf plnats?
29/09/2007 at 11:12
Could you please tell me if you could grow malus domestica winter gem apples in a pot or any other kind of tree plants?
04/10/2007 at 07:46
We have a very overgrown laurel hedge on three sides of back garden....30ft+ Is there any right time to prune. I want to reduce both width and hieght by half. Any tips please. many thanks,
04/10/2007 at 13:58
Good to hear there is another CD & DVD user out there...they're also a great way to magpies and other birds that try to eat the few eggs out hens produce, before we get a chance. Still wish they didn't send so many out though, and expect this is just the start of it!!
09/10/2007 at 01:58
hi i inherited a lg apple which gives mediocre apples (i can cook them.) i'm adding a new tart green columnar type. also planted last spring mini nectarines and peaches that had some fruit which dropped.is this due to their youth or other? i planted a mini pear 2 yrs ago which gave a couple of nice fruits then, and a few more this yr. finally, i have a lg pear which produced little.

i confess i know little about fruit trees and do not treat them at all nor prune them, tho i occasionally dump some osmocte at the base. they don't seem diseased. i actually live nr paris where pears are grown as well as raspberries so figure my fruit shd succeed. i don't spray and don't know about pruning them/ the big old apple was pruned way back 5 yrs ago and has recovered and gives a lot. we also have a mirabelle that usually produces ok. any advice wd be appreciated. sometimes have leaf curl. try not to treat anything... thanks!!!

15/10/2007 at 12:51
I've just picked a bag full of cydonia japonica fruit off my mum's shrub but, on looking on line for recipes for jelly, I find that most of the sites describe the fruit as inedible. I wanted to make jelly, but would hate to poison family and friends! Any information gratefully received. Thanks, Anne
17/10/2007 at 16:08
Hi, In Oct. 2006 I bought 10 Jewel Raspberries from a fruit tree specialist here in Dumfries. My ground was well prepared and they were duly planted. One year on I have 6 dead looking canes and 4 miserable looking plants. I also bought 10 Malling Admiral which look ok. Have you any suggestion as to what went wrong. My late rasps are producing a great crop. (The supplier when approached said I would not get raspberries if I did not spray.) Thanks
26/10/2007 at 11:38
Hi! At the beginning of the year we used the free tomato seeds from Gardeners World and are still eating our crop - they were very good little tomatoes with a lovely flavour and which suited our limited space for growing. Trouble is I can't remember what they were called and want to get somemore for next year. Can anyone help?
04/11/2007 at 17:43
Does anyone have a recipe for apple cake? I thought i saw one in a back copy of GW magazine, I grow my own apples and after a bumper crop I need some inspiration!
06/02/2008 at 18:17
Moved into a new house in May 2007 in July 2007 had a fantastic amount of Apricots, got a pantry full of apricot jam!! I have had many different advice on when to prune the tree (Feb 08) it is getting a little out of hand and has already flowered. Am i too late to prune it now February or should i wait? what shall i do, can anyone help?
25/04/2008 at 20:10
I got a nectarine and a cherry tree from the supermarket they were fresh in so I soaked the roots in water and planted them in half barrels in mix of our compost and a multimix they now look healthy and have leaves just bursting,never having had fruit trees and being unable to plant in the ground because of block paving how often shall I feed them and should I not let them get to big,or will they not get to big because of root restriction?
16/07/2008 at 21:54
I have a cherry tree(stella) in a tub which starts to grow cherries but they all fall of it has done this for the last 2 years any suggestions as to why the cherries fall off
12/11/2008 at 17:33
i am wondering if any one out there can help me. can you take hard wood cutings from a fig tree if not what kind of cuting can you do help
23/06/2009 at 12:47
Hi, Can you please tell me the best time to prune a cherry tree (is it mid summer?) and how to prune it. I have a tree that is probably 20yrs old in need of some TLC
28/11/2011 at 18:29
It is a wonderful idea CD's over the garden for unwanted attention. I have been doing it for a couple of years now, it certainly keeps the cats from digging the garden up, it also keeps birds away from fruit and veg.
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