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Maggots in Plums

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 12:06

Good Afternoon

I have a Victoria Plum tree which produced next to no fruit last year due to the weather conditions. The previous year was very good.

This year it is hanging with fruit which is ripening nicely, I have just picked the first dozen or so and upon cutting open to destone ready for freezing every fruit had a small maggot inside and the fruit was marked near to the stone, can any body tell me

1.What these maggots are.

2. How do I stop this happening in the future

3. Is the fruit ok to eat if the affected area is cut away and disposed of

I look forward to any ideas/solutions to this problem please.

nettles

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 13:41

Wait until new growth comes through and then spray with roundup

Talkback: How to make a nettle feed

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 15:23
I have been using nettle feed for the last few weeks since seeing it on Gardeners World last year.
Two days after feeding brassicas I can see a difference in the plants. It has also made the tomatoes look really look good this although I have also been feeding them with Tomorite on a weekly basis

Nettle Fertilizer

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 14:37

Good Afternoon

I like many watched with interest on one of last years GW programmes about gentleman who used nettle fertilizer for his tomatoes and with excellent results, and I see that Monty is trying the same this year.

I reaserched the method on the net and am now using it,And I am very impressed with the results. I am mixing as suggested at a 1-10 ratio and feeding tomatoes midweek with it, at the weekend I use a feed of Tomorite.

I am also feeding all my Brassicas with it and this is where I have noticed the greatest improvement as after a couple of days I can see a diference in the plants.

I can certainly recommend it and would be interested to hear if anybody else out there is having similar results

Getting into horticulture professionally

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 15:07

Hello

 

Depending where you live there could be an agricultural/horticultural college nearby.

Horticulture covers many aspects from growing plants to selling and servicing all the types of domestic and proffessional machinery

6x or growmore

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 15:06

I have had excellent results with chicken pellets for the last few years. Both on flowers and in the allotment

Enormous Gooseberry Brush

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:30

When I took over my allotment several years ago there was eight massive overgown gooseberry bushes like yours, approx six foot high by six foot wide.

My wife works in a local garden centre she asked the plant manager what to do with them the advice given was to cut down totally to approx a foot high. And then prune as required in the future-----It worked

how do I shapen blades on a old suffolk punch 35s

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 13:26

Hello

 

As an ex garden machinery dealer I can say that the only way to sharpen cylinder machine blades is to strip the lawnmower and take the cylinder and bottom blade to your local dealer who will have the specialist grinders for the job. It is the only wayto get 100% accuracy.

Also check the bearings for wear and replace if worn

Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 15:37

I have been trying for ages to find a method of using used sunflower cooking oil for heating my greenhouse either on its own or mixing it with say parrafin for instance but to no avail.

 

Anybody got any ideas/info on the subject please

greenhouse heater problem

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 14:29

Have you a local Calor Gas service centre? They may be able to help

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