Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:03
Thanks to 'some' people offering helpful advice. I'm actually only 20, and im asking for advice because I perhaps don't have the life experience that others have behind them. The tree doesn't belong to me, it belongs to my parents, but I'm taking the initative to ask other gardeners who may have been in a similar situation, as my parents don't really know what to do with it either (at least they're doing something with it, and wanting to crop it rather than leave the fruit to rot on the ground, which I see so often!). Yes, we can all learn for hindsight, but life isn't a dress rehearsal, you make mistakes and learn from them. I don't want some sad person giving me a lecture about how to garden and how not to, you can garden how you like, after all, the tree is ours, not yours. Isn't this what this forum is all about? Giving and taking advice? After all everyone started somewhere, you can't learn everything the day you popped out into this world. Perhaps you should be a bit more respectful of that. (Pointing the finger towards SD - comparing this to your rescue dogs is a bit extreme, it's a TREE.)
In terms of the tree itself, I'll get my dad to saw it off and go and buy some sealant, if that's what you recommend. I'm sad that after such a good year we'll lose so much crop (because my dad wont be able to make as much chutney!), but I think we'd rather that than lose the tree to disease over the winter. In the future, I'm sure that we'll prop the tree up and thin it out.
Thanks again for all those who gave helpful advice. I won't let grumpy people deter me from gardening, after all, I'm the next generation, or deter me from this forum in fact, because there seems to be helpful people on here willing to share experiences and advice.