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Latest posts by fidgetbones

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.

Seed swap

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 14:29

Hi, Nutcutlet. I received the seeds today, Thank you.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 09:35

My phone has never been the same since I dropped it in the bath.

It works sometimes but not at others, and I always miss the important call or the battery goes flat suddenly. I guess its time to get a new phone.

Am I up to braving the salesman at carphone warehouse?

Not today though, today is sunny and I have more apples to pick.

Have a good day forkers.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 00:42

Night all


Sweet Pea seedlings

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 20:00

If you have no cold frame, wait until march and then sow outside. They will soon catch up overwintered ones.  They will be better than those if they survive the winter.

 Weak spindly growth like that will succumb to fungal disease easily.

gardeners world

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 19:33

I'd like them to repeat the Carol Klein series on propagation.- Plants for free.

Plant identification

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 19:29

Ist is stags horn sumach, 2nd and 3rd is centranthus ruber/valerian

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