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You can tell they are ripe when you can't make a mark on the skins with your fingernail
Do you mean coppice (cut to the ground) or pollard (cut to the top of the stem)?
Colchicum and Nerines flower in Autumn / now
No. Plants are slug resistant because slugs don't like the taste of them, not because they are scared to go near them
There could be hedgehogs in your pile at any time of the year not just when they are hibernating. You should always remake a bonfire before burning to check for anything inside it
15C is still pretty warm
You may as well use them or else you'll have to throw them away anyway, they only have a short shelf life
The fruited canes should be cut down at the end of the picking season. Do your new unfruited canes also die?
£240 over one year!
And the big black spots are called tar spot