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Talkback: How to maintain a petrol lawn mower

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 19:54
Very good I'm sure but it's a rotary and I use a cylinder mower.

Please do a cylinder type!


best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 20:13

Years ago, I had an old uncle who grew delicious toms, called Eurocross I believe. I've never seen them since but my were they good!  I don't go for large, beefy tomatoes or cherry types.  Any suggestions?

Is it not true that the soil is as important as the breed of tomato?  My uncle swore by horse manure. (I hope that doesn't sound too rude). 

Apple - Mite Problem?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 19:44

Thanks very much. I'll have a listen to that. Unless I am mistaken, capsid bugs make holes so that the leaves come to resemble bits of lace.

Apple - Mite Problem?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:42


 This dwarf rootstock James Grieve was bought in April this year. It is fruiting well despite the inclement weather in Belfast. But, over the past few weeks the leaves started to curl and go brown with a few dropping.  The underside shows red patches (not the raindrops!) which contain what appear to be red spider mites or eggs. I'm not sure. 

I'd be grateful for advice. If it is in fact a mite infestation, I believe there are predatory mites etc which can be used for control. But where to get these?

Incidentally, I have a standard James Grieve in the garden which is also affected although less severely. 

Thanks for any advice.



Paperbark Birch

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:02

So far, so good.  Tree flourishing! 

Paperbark Birch

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 16:35

Thank you very much.  I will go ahead bearing in mind what you say. 

Paperbark Birch

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:17

Our tree is about 4 years old and about 15ft in a sunny position in clay soil. We wish to raise the soil level 6 - 9 inches around it as part of general revitalisation of a 100 year old neglected border. Is this likely to cause problems for the tree?  I'd be grateful for advice and comment.


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Apple - Mite Problem?

Brown leaf discolouration with red lesions on underside.  
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Paperbark Birch

Raising soil level 
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