Duncan Blackwell

Latest posts by Duncan Blackwell

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 23:37

Just recieved an email with an extremely sincere apology. They have offered a full refund or the plant of my choice totally free. Due to having no space left in the garden I've opted for a refund, although I didn't expect anything at all.

Apple tree

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:41
What are water shoots?

The tree as it stands (no pun intended) has the main trunk with some sizeable branches with smaller branches shooting off them. The tree has alway looked scabby but never any problems with the fruit.

Buying new secauters

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:47
I've got a couple of pairs from Aldi, one is a bog standard pair whilst the others are ratcheted. They cut through anything. Can't fault them and they cost pennies.

Apple tree

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:44
I think its a coxs, they always look a bit rough but taste amazing. The branches I've removed today were covered in tiny bunches of shoots. I've removed the forward facing ones as they were helping the tree to lean forward, I've tried to just keep the side branches. If I can get to the top growth on Sunday (next day off) I can reduce it by about 4ft and still keep some good size branches too

Apple tree

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:24
Out apple tree has been here for 15 years, it's been gradually getting closer to the ground, I've restaked it upright and it looks better already. It is however very tall, could I take off the top of the main growth and leave the sides to grow without it causing any problems?

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:21
I took a look on eBay at slow release fertiliser and the pics are exactly the same as I had with the Quince so I'm sure now that's it's not eggs. The maggots had no brown on them at all either, just white all over and fat

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:03
It's planted in a huge planter, there was nothing but bare roots after I had washed the soil and creepy crawlies out. The weevils are all extremely flat now too. The other bush only had the eggs and that came from a different supplier. I say eggs, but as both plants from different suppliers had them, could it be slow release fertiliser after all??


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:50
There wasn't much left of the wood to keep, I relocated the Ivy and was intending on reusing the planters, but I thought as I have a spare old (massive) council bin I would put the old soil in there so the other half can sort through and then I thought why not add the rotten wood. Plenty of worms in there too

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:46
It's from a big firm so I don't think its a deliberate act. I've emailed them to let them know though. The roots look fine so hopefully I've caught it just in time.

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:28
Maggots were crawling. They were fat and very white, not the sort you find on dead animals. Also the eggs were full of liquid when squashed and different sizes

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