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Had my allotment for 12 years lovely fresh veg all year round. Best thing I ever did.
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
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!
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?
Could you please tell me if you could grow malus domestica winter gem apples in a pot or any other kind of tree plants?


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,
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!!
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 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!!!

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
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
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?
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!
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?
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?
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


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
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
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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