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Latest posts by Berghill

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:22

Pray for drier, warmer Summers!

Saxifrage brown in middle?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:20


"For goodness sake, Google it!"

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 12:02

One of the problems with any Search engine, is that you need to have a reasonable idea of the answer. You cannot, for example, put in a picture of a plant and ask what it is, which you can do on here and other garden sites. Phrasing the search question is an art in itself to avoid the tedium of false leads.  There is also the problem of targetted advertising from any Search you make. Useful to have Do Not Track Plus and Adblocker on your Browser.

It can be useful. Someone on here posted a question as to the identity of a plant giving half the name. I found it on the Web from that scrap, but it took a little searching and some knowledge of plant names to do it.

But I will tell you one thing which really annoys me, is the practice of answering a question by using a Search engine and posting the link to the answer found, instead of writing the answer for the questioner. I never follow links like that.



Garden Gallery

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 10:39

Not posted many garden tours this year. Here is the garden as it was yesterday.

Fruit Trees

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 21:17

If old, then do not prune too much.

If you want new growth then prune any time when the trees are dormant. If you want fruiting spures then prune now, though it is getting a bit late, bettter done in September really.

Shorten all new growth back to 3 buds from the point of origin.

Best of all buy a book on pruning Fruit trees, with pictures, much easier to follow than written info.





"For goodness sake, Google it!"

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 21:13

And Google does not give us the chance to show off, just how clever we are!

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 18:00

For a start, the Black spots are Pear scab. Spray with a Fungicide recommended for fruit trees.

Any dead wood should be removed back to healthy tissue. Then wait and see what grows in Spring before doing anymore remedial pruning. Old trees are best not pruned heavily as they are often not healthy enough to sustain the new growth which comes after pruning.

compost bin alive with slugs

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 10:17

It is your garden, do as you feel the need. Does sound as if there are far too many in there for the normal process. If the bin has a lid, then throw in a good handful of the Slug pellets which are non-harmful to other creatures and reduce the numbers.

compost bin alive with slugs

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 20:44

Many if not all of the slugs one finds in Compost bins are not the kind which eat your green plants. There are a number of slugs which do not have strong enough rasping parts (raddula, they do not have teeth, more like files) to eat fresh green material. This type live on decaying leaves and as such they help the process of turning plant material into compost.

Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 22:51

Sadly the bulbs you see on sale in packets in G/C's are virtually dead. If you want them, either buy them when they are first dug up (Bridgemere often have them and if you go early they are still alive) or buy them already growing and plant out from pots.

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