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Posted: 17/10/2013 at 18:08

 I think he got the message finally.

Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 18:06

I hope you've got a big freezer Berghill.

Or are you making cider?

Soft fruit problems

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 18:04

Gooseberry sawfly.

For organic, you just have to pick the larvae off by hand. The plant will recover. Encourage the blue tits with fat balls.

Nobody told me racoons like Christmas cactus.

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 18:01

Oops. Not a problem we have in England.  Although some people have the same problem with deer.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:58

My ex was driving in my car, while I had a company car. He would not agree its value, as part of his settlement,  as he said it was not worth that much to him.

 So I sold it to someone who did appreciate its value.   Oh dear, no wheels. shame.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:05

No my ex wasn't useful before I got rid. He told everyone he wasn't going far because I couldn't manage without him. He would have had to sit at the bottom of the drive to see a light on.  Stalker or what?

But the best revenge is living well....

Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 16:37

I have spent most of today pruning a somewhat congested 20ft high James Grieve. It still had a lot of apples this year, just near on impossible to pick them. I expect that next year there will be less apples, but it needed it badly.

 I got some new tripod ladders. They feel very safe as opposed to the usual stepladders.

New trees are on much dwarfer rootstocks, but I like the taste of these aples , so it stays for now.

Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 15:53

The yellow patches look like lichens, which only proves you have clean air.

They will not harm your tree.

When you cut the apples in half, are there hard bits inside? I cant tell from the photos whether you have bitter pit, or scab.

Have a look at these websites. It may help you decide what to do.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 15:12

I left the car inside light on once, just after I got divorced. It was parked at the side of the house. My ex phoned me up to tell me the light was on and the battery would run flat.......Now that was really weird. How did he know? He says he was just passing.....


compost use

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 14:35

It will be fine to use as a mulch, except on potatoes or tomatoes or related plants.

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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