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Hazelnut trees - What are your experiences?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:56

This is about 4-5 years growth on my Hazel (taken today):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52850.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

It's about 4 metres high by 3m wide and will be coppiced this winter.  Plenty of nuts forming but like most others here find, it's the squirrels who get them, not me!  Closer pic showing nuts:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52851.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

One of the best things about Hazel is the Catkins (pic taken in January):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52852.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Red bugs on fartichokes

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:48

As pansyface guessed, they are cardinal beetles.  A goodie and won't touch your plants as they predate on other insects.  Lucky you!

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/red-headed-cardinal-beetle

 

Problematic mushrooms

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 19:05

Hi Maxine, Fungi are almost never a problem for plants - they grow on dead plant matter in the soil and are actually beneficial as they release nutrients from that in a form which plants can take up via their roots.  If you don't like looking at them, just remove them by hand (best to wear gloves) and dispose of them as you see fit.  The mushrooms are only the fruiting body - 90% of the fungus is below ground and you wouldn't often even see it if you dug into the soil.  Have a read of this:

http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/fungi/importce.htm

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:43

Yep, if you cut them right back to the ground (including all leaves), they'll send up a set of fresh leaves which don't look so untidy.  They won't flower again until next spring though.

Blackberries

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:36

I've just been picking blackberries from one of the thornless ones (might be Apache) - never had them produce in July before!

Planting this year after potatoes

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 19:32

Leeks which were started in the spring.

Potatoes decimated!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 02:14

Colorado beetle are a notifiable pest in the UK but not on the continent.  Read this thread for more info:

http://limousin.angloinfo.com/forum/viewtopic/25630/0/watch-out-the-colorado-beetle-is-back

My commiserations Jap3 - it's a very damaging pest.

Blackbirds in the mower shed

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 22:21

Wonderful, nut!

I'm seriously jealous of your thrushes though - I honestly can't remember the last time I saw one here - it may be over 20 years ago!

More IDs

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 22:17

I think you.re right about the potatoes - they can grow from any peeling which has an 'eye'.

I can't ID the 2nd one though.

Gardening Apps?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 22:13

I think there's a chance that this site will include some kind of journal feature soon, as well as better support for mobile devices, so fingers crossed! 

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