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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:11

Hello folks - it's been a busy day - rounded off by home made smoked haddock fishcakes   Just been watching Monty - loved that little Welsh rockface

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:02

Are they metallic green and shiny Artjak?  There are several garden beetles like that, rosemary and mint beetles, and chafers. 

The plainest green one I know is the green tiger beetle, but I've only ever seen them on scrubby sandy banks.

Have a look here

Growing Apples from seeds

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:51


Growing Apples from seeds

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 15:55

The seeds from a Royal Gala apple will not grow a Royal Gala tree - apples do not come 'true' from seed.  The same goes for Granny Smith.  Apple trees grown from seed will also take many years to produce any fruit, if they produce any at all, and they will grow into huge trees and it's unlikely that you'll be able to reach to pick the apples. 

If you want tasty apples you need to identify the type of apple you like and then buy a grafted tree of that type.  Apple trees are grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks to prevent them growing into huge trees. 

If you have a look at this site you'll see an apple called Adams' Pearmain.  Let us suppose that this is the apple you like.  It is in Flowering Group 3 - this means that when you plant your tree it needs to be near another tree that is also in Flowering Group 3 so that the pollinating insects can carry pollen from one tree to another.  

If you look back at that webiste you'll see that there are several apple varieties in Group 3, including Ballerina Flamenco and  Arthur Turner.  Whichever variety you choose it will not affect the flavour of the fruit on the Adam's Pearmain - it's simply that the pollen from another Group 3 tree is needed in order for the Adam's Pearmain to produce it's fruit.  

It's a bit complicated, but I hope I've explained it fairly clearly. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:21

Matty ((hugs))  loads of positive thoughts heading your way. 

Yviestevie - that's not good - that's a real training issue that needs following up with the carer's management.  Your poor mum ((hugs)) for her and you too.

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:17

No, don't squish em!!!

They sound like the wonderful gardeners' friend - the green lacewing

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 13:58

That doesn't sound like greenfly to me  

Tell us more ....


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 11:38

DD   Phew!  Have a glass of something celebratory this evening

KEF, well, if you're buying - I do like a nice piece of steak

New Dralek

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:45

I think you just stir it (you can buy a stirring thing for them) rather than 'turn it' top to bottom.  The idea is that when the compost is made you just shovel it out of the bottom and use it. 

Never tried it as we've always had square wooden bins, but I think that's the theory.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:41

Lily - thinking of your friend and all who love and care for her ((hugs))

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