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Posted: Yesterday at 17:50

Can you show us some photos please?

Are you heating the greenhouse in any way?

Help .. need a plant for privacy

Posted: Yesterday at 17:21
Welshonion says:

Net curtains.  Or position yourself in the bay window and stare back.  That usually puts people off.

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 Waving works even better   They often break into a trot ... 

Last edited: 20 August 2017 17:22:26

Monty's New Book offer

Posted: Yesterday at 17:20

He's asking for it again Nut ... 

Fruit trees in my village - what are they?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:45

In my experience it hold true for all apples   But of course, if you like a sharp apple you can eat it a bit under ripe.

I bought some local Discovery from the farm shop yesterday and the pips are very pale but the apples are perfectly edible - very enjoyable ... we're eating some and I've made an apple cake  ... but Discovery are probably the first English apple to be picked and the farmers like to get them to the shops nice and early.  

Of course the best way to see if your apples are ripe is to lift and turn ... if the stem snaps then it should be ripe ... then taste and see 

What is this ornate tree outside the Gherkin

Posted: Yesterday at 16:33

Mr Google says they're Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostrobodies)


Foxgloves....What do I do n

Posted: Yesterday at 15:49

I agree with Nut regarding the foxgloves, but the delphinium should be perennial ... it'll die down over the winter and grow again in the spring, providing the slugs don't eat the new young shoots.  As soon as they appear in the spring I surround the plant with some sharp sand to try to keep the slugs and snails away.  

For now, I'd cut the delphinium spike down to about 12" so that it concentrates on building up a strong plant rather than spend its energy on producing seeds.  

Fruit trees in my village - what are they?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:42

Don't look like quinces to me ... quinces are large, usually at least as big as most eating apples if not bigger, and most are coated with a furry downy coat.  The tree leaves don't look right for quinces either.

I'd put my money on crab apples and they may well be John Downie and Golden Hornet.  

And I'd let them get a bit riper ... cut them in half ... when the pips are brown the apples are ripe. 

Fruit trees in my village - what are they?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:13

Those look like various varieties of ornamental crab apples to me 


Posted: Yesterday at 14:02

Looks like that's it Bob. 

Rats in the compost

Posted: Yesterday at 13:58

Don't put potato peelings into the compost ... rats love potatoes ... and also as has been said, check for food sources, and give the compost a thorough soaking and turn it frequently.   Also check in the area for broken brickwork etc around manhole covers ... they sometimes enter gardens that way.  

If they don't move on call the Pest Control people or get a proper rat bait box and agricultural strength rat bait from an agricultural supplier.  

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