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Animal monitoring device

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 18:39

Ben, press Enter after the link to make it clickable.  If you edit your other post and do that before anyone replies, you'll fix it.

Tree id please

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 18:36
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I'm looking at the slimmer trunk out to the right and wondering if the big tree is the rootstock tree. The bit on the right has reddish leaves

My thoughts exactly, nut!  Folks, that's what happens if you don't remove growth from beneath the graft union on a grafted tree..

Tippers: I'd have no qualms in felling the whole thing and replacing it with a tree you like - the red-leaved bit will never make a nice shape now, no matter how it is pruned.

Leaf damage - whitefly? Sawfly?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 18:55

Yep, looks like whitefly damage to me.  The larvae are sap-suckers, just like greenfly only much smaller.

ID please

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 18:49

The site doesn't support that (yet) Matt.

Can I eat chervil roots?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 18:47

If you're sure you can ID it as that, then yes;  It's used a lot in France:




Please help me identify

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 18:38

I'd keep the 2nd/3rd one (same shrub?) until it flowers as it might be something nice but it's a bit difficult to ID at the moment.

Fruit bushes and trees

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 01:05

 Hi nikki, the best time for both of those things is when the bushes and trees have dropped their leaves and are dormant.  This is usually from about November to February, which is also the time frame in which suppliers deliver bare-root fruit trees.  Trees sold in pots can be planted at any time of the year though.  In either case, avoid doing anything if the ground is frozen or waterlogged.

What type of fruit bushes are you going to move?  Some things are easier than others and we may give different advice depending on what they are.

What are these?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 18:50

On the 2nd photo, the two brown things on the top flower are simply the pollen-bearing parts (anthers) which have shrivelled and fallen off of the stamens.

Tomatoes - End of season

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 00:47

Cut the vines off leaving about 3-4 inches of stem above the soil (ie enough to grasp) and after a few weeks you'll be able to easily pull most of the root-ball out.  The smaller roots in the soil will soon rot away completely.  I have soil borders in my greenhouse and do this every year.  I also replace the top few inches with multi-purpose compost annually as the tomatoes will have used up most of the nutrients in it.

Potatoes - diff varieties problems

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 18:40

Google "slug resistant potatoes uk" then see which ones are available locally.  For me (heavy clay infested with keel slugs), Kestrel are hardly touched.  Some advice from the RHS including both susceptible and resistant varieties (scroll down to 'potatoes and slugs'):


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