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Heather Michaels

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Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:35

Thanks Fairygirl I'll have a look and see if I can hunt it out.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:11

Having trouble with tomatoes myself this year (although this is the first year in quite a while that I've attempted it and I'm in a new area with different growing conditions etc). Mine are planted in either pots or grow bags, all have grown incredibly well and have probably too many trusses of fruits. However with the exception of a few so far they are just not ripening. I have a horrible feeling that despite all of the hard work I've put in its not going to be a very successful tomato harvest this year. Only plus side is that the few that have ripened and we've been able to pick and eat have tasted like something from heaven. Like yourself I just picked random varieties so can't remember what's what but they're all behaving in the same fashion


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:01

Vicky I recently bought a couple of very young Salix trees from a store which had badly neglected them to say the least. 95% of the leaves were curled up and brown and/or dropping off altogether and the soil in the pot was bone dry. As I got them cheap I figured I had nothing to lose. Took them home, ground planted them, slightly deeper that I normally would have, gave them a good soak every day for the first week and pruned back anything brown, shrivelled or on its way to dead and they're doing really, really well now with an abundance of new leaves so they can certainly recover and seem to be fairly hardy things so I'm sure yours will do just fine.



Posted: 21/08/2013 at 15:22

I wish I could help but unfortunately I can't. All I do know is that my other half was out mowing the grass last weekend and found a baby toad, all on its lonesome, just sitting curled up in the grass and we don't even have a water feature much less a pond or any other body of water (puddles don't count!). So I'm guessing they'll find their way to you somehow or another, I mean if they'll come to my waterless garden I'm sure they'll find their way to a pond. Perhaps they have an inbuilt satnav?!  Hope you figure it all out.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 14:39

Thanks to nutcutlet and waterbutts for the absolutely out and out belly laugh. You guys are just crazy, in the nicest possible way of course!


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:46

Hi Michael,

I'm a real novice too and learning as I go but I'm working on an inherited garden so haven't faced some of the issue's that you've had but I've had some issues along the way, help and advice needed etc and these guys on here are just great. I can't help at all when it comes to what does best nourishing your soil or double digging (who knew there was such a thing?!) but I just wanted to say that what you've done so far is impressive! Who knew gardening could be such hard work? And boy does it keep you fit. Good luck with it and keep posting pics as you go it would be nice to see the progress. P.S. One thing I've learned this year is that courgettes are a doddle to grow and just keep on giving. But then you don't need a double dug bed for those, a grow bag or an old metal bath tub will do, just compost them and voila! courgettes! 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 14:05

Welshonion, was considering making Jelly with them as I've never tasted it before. Mixing it with apples I can do, have a lovely tree laden with almost ready to eat apples but unless I can persuade the birds to pick all the berries off of the tree and drop them for me its mission impossible lol its just tooo tall.

Fairygirl, now its laden with fruit its my favourite thing in the garden it looks so pretty. Not sure how common they are down here in Surrey to be honest, its been so long since I lived anywhere that had even any discernible trees that I think I've forgotten anything that I knew way back when, so much I can't identify but I'm sure I've never see a Rowan in fruit before so I'm loving that. And yes the birds do love them, they're all over the tree.  Happy Days



Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:29

PeterE17 thank you so much for this information. I've had a look through the site identification from the linik you attached here, it was so helpful. I'm 99% certain that it is a Rowan Sorbus but I'll need to pull a couple of leaf clusters to be sure. Now, if only I can figure out how the hell I reach it lol - its sooo tall and the leaves start so far off of the ground and the tree is also growing on the side of a bank so there's no reaching it from the other side, there's a 50 foot drop to the road! Now where did I put my crane?!



Posted: 18/08/2013 at 16:59

Thank you all so much for your help with this. Confused though. Safe to eat/make jam with the berries or not?  Thanks again 


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 15:40


I'm attaching a picture of a tree growing in my garden and hoping you can identify it for me please.  The tree is very tall, fully grown I guess, full of lush green leaves and full to bursting with clusters of orange berries. 

I hope the picture quality isn't too bad, it was very hard to get a picture of the tree from the ground with my mobile phone. 

Thank you in advance, Heather


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