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Disastrous mulberries

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 16:18

This happened to me last year, and I put it down to freakish weather conditions, but the mulberries on my tree are not making it to fruition. 

When I approach the tree, there is a smell of fermented fruit, and plenty of rotten mulberries lie on the ground. 

None of the berries have gone black, and when I reach up to pick the more deeply-coloured ones, they either fall apart in my fingers like raspberries, or they are dry and rotten. Clouds of flies (fruit flies?) surround the tree. 

The harder, more complete berries I have successfully picked are either sour, or they taste rotten. 

I suspect that it might be bird damage - is that possible? That the birds peck them and then they die on the tree? I really can't harvest a single one, though - there are no bursting black mulberries at all - can birds be that destructive? I have lived with mulberries all my life and never known this. I can post a picture if that helps. 

Please help - this tree is an old friend and it's no exaggeration to say that picking mulberries is usually the high point of my year. If there is something intrinsically wrong with the tree I'd be devastated. 

I just need to know what, if anything, I can do to stop this from happening. 

Thanks for your help. 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 11:48

And thanks for all the responses by the way. 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 11:48

Ok this might sound crazy but is it at all possible that snails eat/destroy the mortar in brick walls? 

Wall/Hedge advice

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 11:47

The wooden fence at the end of my garden blew down. Ideally, I'd like to replace it with a hedge, but I share that boundary with a neighbour. 

I haven't spoken about it at length to the neighbour (who is fairly monosyllabic) but I get the impression that they wouldn't necessarily mind the hedge. 

I have a few questions: 

How long would a hedge (eg hawthorn) take to grow to 1.5-2 m? 

What are the most low-maintenance hedges? The neighbour might be ok with it in the nascent stages but might freak out of it got much too big. And he may also move away and be replaced with someone far less-hedge friendly and keen to reach for some solution beyond discussion. 

I'm just investigating my options and any pointers are very welcome. 


Posted: 05/07/2016 at 12:21

I have successfully grown some clematis and jasmine up a wall, and some shrubs at the bottom of it. The shade they now provide, though, has meant a massive increase in snails living on the wall. Do I really have to go out every morning and pick them off? 

Mulberry tree maintenance

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 11:21

The (very old 100yr+) mulberry in my garden has juicy green leaves on top, but a streak of leaves on the east facing part of the tree are starting to show show a bit yellower than the rest. 

The streak strarts from the lowest leaves, where the twigs coming off the main branch are dying back a bit. It's a patch about 2m wide at the bottom tapering to a point at the top. 

Is this normal? Last year I had problems with the berries, which went soft and a bit rotten on the tree before you could pick them. This year some of them are growing really long and thin. Is there something I can do to stop this or is it to be expected? 


Chilean Guava - help

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:54

Hello, I bought three chilean guava plants about a year ago. I planted one in a west-facing bed, and put the other two in pots against a sunny south-facing wall. The one in the bed didn't make any flowers this year, but the other two did, and they dried up on the plant and then fell off. Now their leaves are drying and turning yellowish. I noticed they were looking bad about two weeks ago and have made sure to keep them watered since then (I wasn't too regular about this before). The other one is still looking good, even if it didn't fruit at all. Does anyone know what might have gone wrong and if the two in pots can still be saved?

Apple tree

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 10:38


Apple tree

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:09

Last December I bought a really terrible-looking apple tree (elstar?) from a basket in front of an Asda for 5 pounds, reduced at the till to 3. To my great surprise it is alive and well in the pot I put it in, and so keen to grow that I would like to plant it in the garden. I have long lost the label, so I have no idea what kind of tree this might be - a dwarf tree? A patio tree? I'd like to know what sort of size I can expect it to grow to before I plant it. Is there any way of knowing or of finding out?

Plant identification

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 18:03

Thank you so much - that was fast! I'm in London, and it seemed to appear from nowhere.

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