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sky high plants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:41

Are you bragging or complaining Peter 

Apple tree problem - advice needed

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:03

No need for the embarrassed smiley, this is one of the reasons the forum's here for 

Don't take whole branches out, just the bits that had flowers on them (which are now dead). Although it's too early for proper summer pruning, which is done towards the back end of the summer, it won't harm the tree at all. 

spraying veg/fruit plants

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 14:33

I don't use pesticides at all, it's a personal choice we made when we started growing our own fruit and veg. I can put up with pests such as green/white fly and slugs and snails, what would the likes of ladybirds, hover flies, lacewings and song thrushes have to feed on? If they start getting out of balance (and for greenfly and white fly so far this year that is the case) a thumb and finger is all that's needed. Not many ladybirds about at the moment in our local area but the balance will soon return.

My box hedging was covered in a lot white fly, and I mean a lot, but after going over it with the hosepipe on a fast spray it seems to have eliminated them....for the time being anyway!

Something is eating my strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 13:35

I've heard that rats can do this sort of thing, anybody else heard of this?

Apple tree problem - advice needed

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 11:47

Looking at the tree in general which looks in good shape I wouldn't suspect fireblight, but as you first suggested blossom wilt.


For both blossom wilt and fireblight you would need to remove the infected parts, with blossom wilt you remove the infected spurs, with fireblight it's more extreme pruning, but I don't think it's fireblight.


Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 13:05

We feed the birds all year round, it's probably just as important to them now as in winter, to supplement the parents diet while feeding their young. I also love collared doves and we have alot round our area. We have alot of wood pigeons too, which I'm not so keen on, but we put up with them. If we feed them well at home they may stay away from the allotment

Just bought Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace" 30cm tall

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:54

I love the contrast of the foliage to the flowers on Black Lace though Verdun. I do grow Sutherland Gold for it's foilage alone though.

Cherry advice please?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 16:02

Trouble with pruning is it can stimulate even more growth than before. Taking out large branches of cherry tree also runs the risk if disease entering the tree. I would suggest maybe getting a tree surgeon in to take a look and give advice. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Cherry advice please?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:13



It may not be either sweet or acid.

Without being able to see the tree properly I think maybe it's an ornamental cherry blossom tree. The rootstock (white flowers)has been allowed to grow and is probably overtaking the desired scion material(pink flowers). I may be wrong but it's quite a common thing to happen and the cherries that you get will be very small, coming from the rootstock.

Cordoned Blenheim apple trees

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:48



Hi Mark,

I can't see the image too well but it does appear to be canker, probably introduced after a severe wooly aphid attack.

I would get in touch with the nursery where you bought the tree from, they will hopefully replace the tree or offer a refund. I would also be inclined to move the infected apple away from you other trees.

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