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young apple tree branches drooping

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 20:33

Just snip the stalks.  

No, don't build anything around the tree trunk ... it will rot the trunk  and you mustn't cover the graft point... not good 

This may be of help 

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Posted: 26/05/2017 at 20:24

Nope sorry Amberspy ..... need him here full time at the moment ...........   Maybe when I'm more mobile 

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Posted: 26/05/2017 at 20:20

I'm certainly being looked after - OH has made supper sirloin steak (med. rare) aspagus and new potatoes. perfect. 

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Posted: 26/05/2017 at 20:14

BL  ((hugs))  you'll miss the lovely Lena ... but it's so great that she'll still be in the family.  :-)

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Posted: 26/05/2017 at 19:24

Fidget, it wasn't  really a slip ...... I've had an unstable knee for over 20 years and sometimes if I 'swerve' without thinking it just gives way ... I can feel the bones move over each other

 Yesterday as I turned around it just went and I dropped face first onto the ground, so my foot was wrenched right around  onto the edge of a stepping stone as I fell   It happens so quickly I don't even have time to put my arm out to save myself ... probably just as well or I'd break that as well. 

I'm on a pretty high dose of levothyroxine, so I take 1200 mgm of calcium + Vitamin D a day.  

Demon cat

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 19:14

I don't know why but I remember years ago I had a tradescantia house plant that one of my cats chewed to almost nothing.  It didn't seem to harm the cat, but the plant was a mess.  

Resurrected Fourteen

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 19:01

Oooh, a coloured cast .... hadn't thought of that!  

What colours do you get to choose from?   I could go for lime green to match Pdoc's shorts, or maybe cerise to go with Hosta's mankini ................ or sky blue to match ........ the sky???

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 18:49

Fabulous .............. solid warm and friendly ...... and full of potential and promise ..............

I hope you and Charlie will be very very happy there ((hugs))

young apple tree branches drooping

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 18:42

I would remove the fruit this year ... it's going to put the tree under a lot of strain to get its roots established and produce fruit at the same time.  

I think I would shorten those branches in the winter ... but someone with more knowledge about pruning apples will come along shortly I'm sure.

I'd also clear a larger circle around the base of the tree ... 3 ft across is a good size ... that way the tree isn't competing with the grass for water and nutrients and you can feed, water and mulch it.  

Rose pests

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 18:12

Hang bird feeders near your rose bushes to attract blue tits to the area ... they hoover them up for their babies. 

Also as you don't use chemicals the lady birds and lace wings and hover flies will take a lot of them. 

However, it may take a couple of years to create a balance in your garden, so until then just remove most of them with your fingers or a soft paint brush , or a jet of water from the hose.

I don't use any chemicals ... a few weeks ago there were aphids on my roses but I did nothing ... the bluetits and the ladybirds have taken them all 

Last edited: 26 May 2017 18:14:31

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