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Talkback: How to choose secateurs

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 14:24
I have bought loads of secateurs and had others given - all pretty useless, though they felt OK in the hand. Your video didn't help me to identify the best to buy, apart from being bypass. Can you not, please, recommend some makes? I have a sick husband and can't get out much to shop around.

Talkback: How to grow strawberries

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:08
What about fertiliser?

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 22:09

Thanks Paul.  I didn't know that was a criminal offence.  I couldn't bring myself to club it to death and how do you know where it's head is if it's in a sack.  Doesn't sound very humane to me.  In the unlikely event I catch one, I'll take it to the vet then.  Or perhaps I'll just chop down the apple trees and dig up the strawberries and anything else they take a fancy to.  I'd love to know why we've managed to harvest good crops in previous years, however, without any of them disappearing.

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 19:25

We have had exactly the same problem with our cordon/espalier apples, for the first time since we moved here 4 yrs ago.  Every eater has gone and we have only 3 cookers left out of an abundant crop.  I thought at first birds must be pecking them as some showed signs of being attacked by something, then I found some in the road and under the oak trees 60 yards away, quite large cookers, not quite ripe for picking, half eaten.  I have come to the conclusion that it must be squirrels, as they are still disappearing after I made an attempt at netting them.  Something is managing to get underneath. I put some netting round the one remaining eater and tucked it in but though the net bag is still there the apple has gone.  We had plenty of squirrels round our orchard in our previous house but the windfalls were never even touched.   Is this something to do with the awful summer we have had or was there a lack of acorns/nuts for them to bury last year.  I did rake up a lot of acorns in the autumn to avoid seedlings germinating; perhaps I should have left them.  We are in Bucks - where are you,?  Next year, I am going to net them and try to make a better job of it and also consider setting one of those cage-type traps and drown any that I catch in the water butt.

No flowers on bergenia

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 14:43

I have bergenia in several places round my garden but they have flowered less and less since we moved here nearly 4 years ago, so far no flowers this year, whereas I noticed lots of flowers on those at the hospital we have just attended.  They are not gappy and have lots of healthy leaves. Should I be dividing them and replanting the youngest bits?  Is it too late to do it now?  If not, do I dig in a lot of compost, adding some fertiliser (e.g. blood, fish and bone), before replanting?

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Is it too late to cut hedges?

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aphids on apple trees

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Contact dermatitis from plants

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No flowers on bergenia

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