Latest posts by maggie-1

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:24

Hi all, so nice to see so many rescue animals, they can be so lovable when they find the right family after a traumatic start to their lives, all of our cats came from rescue centres.  Sorry to be a bit political but have you seen the story about the Basset hounds and the laboratory, hope you are able to look at the petition, thanks.

Damson leaf blisters

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 12:15

Thank you, after a lot of looking online, I think they are some kind of gall, fairly harmless I believe, but ugly! I probably need to prune and open it out to try to get rid of the whitefly.

Damson leaf blisters

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 11:05

Hi, I was wondering if someone could help. I saw most of the leaves on my old damson tree had what looked like large aphids, on closer inspection they are large blisters. I can't find anything in books that I've got. There also seems to be a lot of either white-fly or moths, any suggestions, I'd be grateful, thanks.

Talkback: How to tackle house plant flies

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 21:28
We've been driven mad by these pests, always flying around. Not sure how I found out, but have tried only watering plants from the bottom, not onto the compost. It seems that they lay their eggs on the top of the compost when it is nice and damp. This has made a big difference, far fewer of the little blighters now.

Tree bands

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 11:46

Thanks for all the comments. The big problem of course is the fact that the bark is very uneven, impossible to stop any gaps............. Just got it, duh, use petroleum jelly, THEN grease bands, that will stop any gaps. Simple really, just need input from other people to make me think. Does anyone think that will work?

Tree bands

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:53

Does anyone have any thoughts on using tree bands or is grease better. I've been using bands for a couple of years but I still get a lot of ants on the trees, I suppose they can creep under the paper. Your opinions would be welcome, thanks

Bramley apples

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:18

Thank you, common sense really, Berghill, I'm in the West Midlands so I suppose similar weather. I've never frozen apples, will give it a go.

Bramley apples

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 12:39

Hi everyone, just wondering what to do with my apples that were shaken off the tree a week ago. Does anyone know if they would be ripe enough to use, seems a waste not to use them.

Winter Tree Wash

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:02

Thank you both, just go and do it then, see how it goes. Hope I don't fall off my ladder!!

Winter Tree Wash

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:57

I was wondering if anyone had any advice regarding using tree wash. I didn't get chance before winter set in because of the wet weather but I would welcome any thoughts on the best way to do this, especially as the sun is shining and I really need to get the best out of my fruit trees. What is the best way to apply it would be helpful, thanks.

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New fence next to tree

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Damson leaf blisters

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Tree bands

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