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whats wrong with my gooseberry bush

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 15:08

Google 'gooseberry mildew images' and see if the pictures look like your gooseberries. 

If so, the information is here http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=739 

What type of apple tree is this?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:49

Hi Saltlick 

If you grew this appletree from pip from an apple you had then it will be a totally new variety, having some of it's genetic material from the tree the apple grew on, and some from whichever apple tree or trees' blossom it was pollinated with.

Do you know what type of apple it was you got the pip from?

corkscrew willow

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 12:58

You won't kill it - it's a willow - they are incredibly eager to grow!

The danger will be that if you cut it back too hard you will stimulate a lot of new growth and you'll be left with a tree shaped like a loo brush.

Do not cut the tree back until late autumn/early winter, this way there will not be so much 'growth hormone' in the tissues. Then I would take out one third of the branches as low down as you can.

The following autumn I would repeat the above with the another third of the branches, and the autumn after that I would cut back the final third as with the others.

Cutting back one third at a time should guard against stimulating the tree to grow lots of new shoots.  

The tree will grow new branches and if you keep them at a reasonable height it shouldn't get out of hand again.  However, the corkscrew willow is by its nature a large tree, often planted where there is not really enough room for it to grow to its full potential.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 12:26

Has it worked Yviestevie?

Tomato trouble

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:55

Rain....... that's no problem here today David - the wind's so strong the rain is horizontal and not landing on anything 

Wall Trough

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:44

I use tomato food once a week on my chillies when they've started flowering. 

Tomato trouble

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:29

My daughter was born in April 76 - she spent all summer wearing only a nappy and sleeping in a pram by a shady open window to keep her cool.  

Her older brother spent the summer in a tent in the garden with the sides pulled up to get some air flowing through - the tent rotted in the sunlight and was never used again.  

I spent the summer carrying buckets of bathwater to water the wildlife hedge we'd planted the previous winter.

That autumn was great for wild mushrooms - I'd take daughter out for a walk in her pram at about 5am after she'd had her morning feed, it was the only time it was cool enough for some exercise - and I got bags and bags full of wild field mushrooms and filled the freezer! 

Sorry, not about tomatoes 

 

Is this a flea beetle and do they bite humans?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 09:38

I used to find that bites around my ankles were usually from cat fleas in the carpet - they'll live there for years and wake up and bite you when the weather warms up 

Tomato trouble

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 09:35

Hmmm

I've grown various varieties of tomatoes outdoors in this garden for the past three years. 

2012, loads of tomatoes, very few ripened on the vine but almost all ripened indoors.

2013, even more tomatoes - all ripening on the vine - have only just finished using some that I roasted and froze

2014, plants flowering and all looking healthy - fingers very crossed ............ 

Hungry beaks?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 09:28

The goldfinches are really getting through sunflower hearts in our feeders at the moment.  

I've also discovered that blackbirds and dunnocks like the hedgehog 'biscuits', so a bit of that gets scattered around in the little wilderness - I've just been watching two families of fledgling blackbirds and their parents jostling for the best pickings 

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