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Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:50

Good idea and start as many off as you can as it's likely only a small percentage will resemble the parent in any way but it's definitely worth a try!

It has a very unusual shape so if you find any offspring are similar then you could try and isolate those plants and cross-pollinate between them.  That's how new cultivars are bred but it's a long, long process.

Garlic disease

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:44

It looks like Leek rust which also affects garlic and other alliums.  There is no treatment but the bulbs should continue to develop, so I would just leave them.  Don't compost the top growth after you harvest though - either burn it or throw in the household waste.  I also wouldn't keep any cloves for replanting and would get fresh when the time comes.

Last edited: 28 May 2016 16:44:35

Cucumber plants yellow patches on leaves

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:54

Looks like a bit of leaf scorch caused by water droplets on the leaves magnifying the sunlight.  I don't think it's anything to worry about and the younger leaves look perfect.

Which tool?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:48

If they're only an inch thick, a jigsaw would make prettly light work of it.  If you let it cut rather than pushing it hard the vibration would be kept to a minimum and you'll get a nice clean cut.  A chainsaw would do it in seconds but the vibration would be severe and the cut ends would be messy.

Chilli plants fruiting

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:44

I've always left mine to do their own thing but In do grow a lot of plants so not so concerned about how tall and bushy the plants get.  Perhaps experiment and remove from some but not others?

Cutting raspberries back?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:35

I've done that in the past but the autumn crop is much reduced and sometimes the new canes which appear in spring don't fruit in the autumn as they should.  If you also have summer fruiting types nearby it gets inceasingly difficult to see what is what so I went back to 'standard practice'.

Preventing birds eating strawberries

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:27

And wire netting will also work against grey squirrels (if you have them) who simply chew through standard bird netting.

can anyone id this, please?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:13

It's the weed Chenopodium album commonly called goosefoot or fat-hen.  It is edible but don't let it seed or you will have it in your garden forever!

Ants are farming aphids on my apple tree!

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:45

The vaseline band need to be about 3 inches wide and about 1/4" thick, or you can buy grease bands instead Wonky.  You also need to make sure there is no other route to the tree such as a tall growing plant near it, otherwise they *will* find the alternative route!  One year I put the grease band below where the trunk was tied to the stake - duh!

Last edited: 28 May 2016 10:45:59

Newly planted tree dying, help!

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:31

Janey, I grow young Scots Pines from seed which are closely related and they do lose needles near the trunk at this time of the year so I think it is perfectly normal.  However, the advice given above is sound and worth following. 

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