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Latest posts by jo17

tree disease

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 09:15

We have a number of ash and Horse chestnut trees on our property.

So far the ash are fine but I will be looking out for die back next year.

The chestnuts have bleeding canker and I am dreading losing them ... should I have them removed now to prevent fiurther spread or can I enjoy my trees for a few more years. I really need expert advice on this 

beetroot eaters

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 13:22

Has anyone else had this problem ? I think it's mice. Out of the whole crop only 2 roots unaffected.... some so badly eaten that there's virtually nothing left undergroud. I've dug them all up ...a very dispiriting sight they make !

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 13:20

I , too , running short of the Brandywines . I gave them a lot of nurturing yesterday and they usually respond with an end of season flourish and there are still some flowers.... at least they're getting some sun now !

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 11:39

italophile... if you're there. Got message 2 but not the 1st.I can't reply as i can't find the "validate recipient" button .....i'm a bit of a novice !sorry.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 16:36

That looks delicious and ... yes i would love to try all 3. How to go about it ?

Plenty of time to work it out before next spring !

Many thanks 


best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 14:53

Maud...was the variety called pomodora or was is just an Italian tomato ? sounds good. Here I am planning next years while still up to my ears in this crop !

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 14:50

Thanks italophile.... don't know those 2.Are they large like PB ?Will they grow ok in the uk in a cold greenhouse ? We corresponded earlier in the season on leaf spots ... the incresed ventilation has helped a lot. Would love seeds if answers are yes to my questions

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 14:27

I love my Pink Brandywine tomatoes ... of all the many varieties I've grown they have the very best flavour... but Boy ! do they make you work for it !

Sometimes they need hand pollination ( and let's face it life is too short...). They are very susceptible to disease and not that prolific. Does anyone know of a tomato with the flavour but less temperamental ???

rambling rose

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 20:10

Give it time ! In a few years you'll be marvelling at the flowers and hacking your way through the jungle ! Keep it fed and watered through it's first growing season. Is it in a fairly sunny spot? I have a huge one that scrambles through apple trees and it thrives with very little input from me so be patient and it should reward.


Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:08

The other gardeners grass is always greener..... or wisteria better !

Don't despair...unless you are very exposed to frost/ bad weather hopefully we'll all do better next year !

Discussions started by jo17

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flowers shrivelled and black 
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sweet peas

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invasive pond plant

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evergreen shrub die-back

Laurels, Choisia and Eleagnus dying off 
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Flooded daffodils

will they ever flower again? 
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How to control this very invasive plant 
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tree disease

Should I remove remove diseased trees at the first signs ? 
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Last Post: 05/11/2012 at 12:03

beetroot eaters

almost all my beetroot have been nibbled 
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Last Post: 22/09/2012 at 09:59

best flavoured tomatoes

brandywine flavour with more fruit and fewer problems 
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Last Post: 14/10/2013 at 23:30

discoloured cauliflower leaves

The outer leaves of all my cauliflowers are all going orange What's going on ? 
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Last Post: 21/07/2012 at 14:05

yellow spots on tomato leaves

Yellow blotches, pea sized on most varieties of greenhouse planted tomatoes 
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Last Post: 22/04/2013 at 10:32

Whats eating my gunnera ?

The stems of the emerging leaves are being eaten away  
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Last Post: 25/06/2012 at 13:40
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