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Talkback: Bats

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 07:42

One warm evening last summer, just after we'd moved into this house and garden, I lay on the lawn for about an hour, with bats swooping just above me - it was amazing watching them 

obelixx so how deep do corn root grow.

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 07:40
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

It's important to know these things LOL

why don't people bother to read post before answering them.

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 07:34

Doh!  Just realised - I should've put that one on the query about how deep the corn roots grow 

Fruit bushes...

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:56

Gooseberries and blackcurrants can also be grown as cordons.  

I think I'd take cuttings from your plants and then you can start them off as cordons.  That way you could get at least another year's fruit out of the bushes you already have before replacing them with the new ones.

There's some info here about growing gooseberries as cordons

and this site  has some very good illustrations and descriptions of establishing cordons, even if the English is a little less than perfect.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:45

Oh, how lovely!  I'll warn the builders to expect a tired tortoise - we can put him up for a day or two (I've got plenty of Cos lettuce in the garden) and then when he's recovered he can start his journey back home. 

Sorry folks!

Plum tree with dying leaves

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:39

Hmm, the problem could be the fact that you pruned it in the winter - this would make it susceptible to Silver Leaf disease - if that's what's happened then your tree is probably done for.  Although I'm surprised that it's so badly affected so quickly .  

Maybe it's saveable - let's see what others think.

Plum trees should be pruned in the late spring or early summer to prevent infection with silver leaf. 

Not sure that I like the advice you've been getting from the local nursery - seems that they've  not asked you the right questions at all and spraying with what is obviously a systemic pesticide that is likely to kill off pollinating insects and bees is a bad idea IMHO.

Here's some information about Silver Leaf Disease

As for your other trees, tell us what they are and we'll try to give you some good advice.  If you can post some pictures so we can see how big they are and how thy are growing that would be helpful. 

why don't people bother to read post before answering them.

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 21:30

Well, I've got to get up and go somewhere in the morning -  if it's not school then I must be old enough for work 

why don't people bother to read post before answering them.

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 20:55

It's no good, I'm still in a good mood - now I'm having a glass of rosé on a school night  - life can't get much more exciting than this 

Plant Identity & Treatrment

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 19:47

Definately suckers from a nearby tree, or one that used to be nearby at any rate. Looks a bit like a prunus of some sort to me.  Just cut them off half an inch below the surface and then mow your lawn more regularly. 

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