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Drunk wasps all over my fallen apples - advice needed!

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 12:25

We have 2 apple trees, one eating and one cooking apple. The fallen eating apples are all over the garden path and are understandably attracting LOTS of wasps. (They're not interested in the cookers at all!) I've been trying to pick up the fallen apples but often they contain loads of wasps inside where they've been eating the inside out (I counted 16 crawling out of one small apple..*shudder*).I know it's only a matter of time before I get stung. The wasps are pretty intoxicated from the fermenting fruit and I have a feeling they're not happy drunks!

Have others had this problem? What's the best thing to do... Just keep removing the fallen apples into my green bag and hope nobody gets stung? Move the fallen apples elsewhere in the garden to let them carry on their drunken merriment? Use a wasp catcher (or will this make them worse?)

Any sage advice greatly appreciated.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 14:58

Having looked at suggestion of Salix/Willow I would say 2 and 3 are probably that. In which case they will be coming out! Thanks for the help everyone. Really really usful as usual


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 19:52

Silver surfer, thank you so much. That looks exactly what it is. I havent noticed any scent yet, but flowers are out quite yet.


Any ideas on the other 2? x


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 08:07

Addict says trees, Nutcutlet says not trees... Eek. Any more ideas? x


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 16:18

Please can anyone help us identify these? We are not sure if they are trees (in which case we will get rid!) All are about 4 foot tall at moment.

Plant 1:

  Plant 2:

 Plant 3:


Callistemon only has a few flowers

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 19:41

We have a fair sized callistemon but it has only produced about 4 flowers in all. The rest of the plant looks pretty healthy, lots of new growth at the ends of every shoot/branch, and from the abundance of old seed pods it looks as if it usually flowers a lot. So why not this year? Is it meant to be pruned? Should we prune the old seed pods off? Its such a shame as it would have been so pretty.

My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:16

Hooray! Not just me then

My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 10:54

No chicken manure liggy lol. 


I'm liking the recipes and drinks ideas


My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:08

Red gooseberries? Wow, they sound nice. Might have to try growing some next year in place of the blackcurrants. Will definately try them cooked though... Will hunt for some recipes today 

My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 18:15

Its not just an after taste Addict, its a 'during' taste lol. My mum just tasted them and said they are meant to taste like that! Well if that's the case I'm replacing them next year! 


I will try cooking them in something sweet Fidget & Welsh.. it would be such a shame to waste them all. They are definately blackcurrants... the leaves smell very blackcurranty.


Maybe I just have weird tastebuds... or weird soil round here! 

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