Eynsham Red

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Tree pruning

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 18:21

Thank you both for your thoughts.

I've looked at the RHS website and watched Monty cutting back the overgrown apple tree, and I think it will be a case of suck it and see.  I'll probably seriously cut back a couple of the main trunks now and see how it goes.  If it doesn't go too rampant then I'll repeat the process next year but with a view to replacing it in a few year's time if not successful.

I'll continue to persevere with long loppers on the taller branches in the mean time.

Tree pruning

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:42

Thanks Obelixx, I'll try and watch that on Iplayer to see if I can get any tips.

Tree pruning

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:38

Thanks Pansyface.

We're not so much bothered about the fruit but would like to shorten the tree to a more manageable height rather than rip it out.  That way it would still preserve some shade and a roost for the birds.

What I was wondering is whether I would do irreparable damage to cut out most of the top.  Would new growth come from the main stems?

Tree pruning

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:08

Hi, I know that we've had numerous posts on this topic in the past, but I can't glean from any of the previous what I'd like to know

This apple tree is about 40 years old.  It's about 12-14ft high and is very "busy" at the top.  In the spring it wil increase height by 2-3 feet before I do a summer prune to thin out the leafy section. It' really becoming a bit unmanageable now and I'd like to reduce the height.  However as most of the greenery is at the very top, will I end up with several "trunks" with no leaf and ultimately a dead tree?

Does anyone have any suggestions please?  Many thanks.

Last edited: 21 January 2017 16:09:29

Greenhouse Insulation

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 15:42

Thanks everyone.  I shall continue as I've been doing.


Greenhouse Insulation

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:33

I have a small unheated glass greenhouse, just over 4'x4'.  Is there any benefit in lining it with bubble wrap to insulate it?  Last year I just covered the few plants shelves with fleece and most things were ok (pelargoniums etc.) so wondered if there is any particular benefit with bubble wrap.

Reflector in Greenhouse.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:28

Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll certainly give the cucumbers a try, and probably hang around at the local recycle centre a bit and try to hijack what I can before it goes in the skip.

Reflector in Greenhouse.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 18:31

I have a greenhouse which has one side right against a fence and a neighbour's tree which means that there is little direct sunlight after about lunch time.

I was considering lining the shady side with some type of reflective coating to maximize the morning sun and associated radiant heat.  I wondered if anyone has had any experience of doing this, and if so, were there any real benefits.



Tomatoes and fungus

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:43


I've two tomato plants in my greenhouse.  I've planted them as I have done for quite a while, using the contents half a grow bag each in large pots.

This year there are small toadstools growing in the pots as well as the tomatoes. The tomatoes plants are in good condition.

I wondered if anyone else has experienced this and does it pose a threat to the plants?

Also, when they bare fruit, is there any any risk of them being contaminated in any way?  As I have a compromised immune system, I don't want to eat anything which might be detrimental to my health.

Best regards,


Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:32

Thanks for everyone's thoughts and ideas.

We really enjoy the wild birds in our garden and do appreciate the beauty of these recent arrivals, but unfortunately the two don't combine.  I wouldn't want to see any harm coming to the doves/pigeons (is there a distinction between the two?) but thought that I'd sound out the forum's vast wealth of knowledge and ideas.

Thanks again.

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Tree pruning

To bring down to a more manageable height 
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Greenhouse Insulation

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Reflector in Greenhouse.

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Tomatoes and fungus

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Pelargonium Querie

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