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ID please

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 11:06

I'd remove the fallen over bit completely - saw it off at the main trunk and just keep the upright bit.  Also remove any obviously dead branches by cutting back in to live wood well below the damage and just above an outward-facing bud or sideshoot.  Remove any crossing branches.  Then stand back and take a 'trip' (no choice with brambles!) around the tree and see if it's a pleasing open shape.  If not, cut off a bit more.  It will likely grow vigorously after heavy pruning so nip out any really fast-growing upright shoots which appear to be reaching for the sky.  If not happy with the results you can always just get rid as you originally mentioned.


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:50

Carol, as the slugs have eaten lots of leaves the crop might be reduced so I would leave them in until tha haulms (stems) start going yellow and dying back.  No point leaving them in longer than that as they have grown as much as they will at that point.

Brave enough to ID this young apple?!

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:35

Looking at the bottom, there is what looks like a graft so you may have a 'family' tree with 2 varieties grafted onto one rootstock.  Looks like only one of them has fruited this year though.  Did both main branches flower in spring?

ID please

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:25

If it is a cherry, now (summer) is a good time to prune it. Winter pruning risks silver leaf disease. 

You never know, it might be an eating cherry (although all cherries are edible) - those need really good light and feeding to crop so might respond to you uncovering it from all those brambles.

Pepper stalks stripped

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:13

How do you know it's not slugs (or snails) Lauren?  They are the most likely culprits.  Molluscs don't always leave slime trails. 

ID please

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 19:25

Cherry of some type, possibly.

Cucumber disease

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:24

Stem rot, probably this:

Not good Sarah.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:50

You could try watering nematodes onto the ant nests - "nemasys no ants" is what to look for.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:42

Emma, have a close look at the tree to see if you have any ants crawling about.  If so, they 'farm' aphids and feed off of the honeydew they excrete.  Ants actually carry young aphids to fresh young leaves.  If you find any, get yourself a grease band which you wrap around the trunk and will prevent ants climbing up.  The black spot is probably starting where aphids have pierced the leaves with their sap-sucking parts and may even be being carried by them, although it is mainly from wind-borne fungal spores.  It is much worse in wet weather so you are stuck with it this year unless the weather dramatically improves.

Please help Sowing canterbury bells

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 22:38

Should be still be ok to still sow them now but you might have to overwinter them in pots if they don't grow enough.  As biennials they won't flower until next summer of course.

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