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Why won't my plum tree set fruit?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:28

If you get another tree make sure that they flower at the same time. Beautiful blossom - I almost don't mind not having the fruit.

Ideas for a end of garden mound?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:27

Looks to me as if there's an old shed or something buried under there. Could be several skips' worth of rubbish to cart away. I'd put a fence up, as Blue Onion said, and forget about it. Start again from, literally, a level playing field.

Why won't my plum tree set fruit?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:20

I have problems with getting plums to set too. I live further south than you but at higher altitude and the problems are the same. Cold days, so few insects willing to go out and pollinate the flowers. Sometimes a frost at night, which perishes the vital bits of the flower and fruitlets even if they were pollinated. And, although they are supposedly self fertile, another tree of a different variety nearby helps enormously.

Don't despair. You will get a crop one year when all the factors that are normally against you come to work in your favour.

Vegetable ID's

Posted: Yesterday at 21:32

What are you going to do now?

Vegetable ID's

Posted: Yesterday at 21:25

funny seeds for tom.


William Pear Tree bug eaten?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:12

I had exactly the same thing happen to me last year. I had bought the tree from a reputable garden centre but not one that specialised in fruit trees. My tree was about three years old, growing well and it fell over in a gale despite being well tied to a stake. I couldn't understand it.

I made enquiries about pear tree rootstocks and discovered that Williams pears are not compatible with certain rootstocks and have to be "double worked" In other words, they have to be grafted onto another type of tree which is, in its turn, grafted onto the rootstock. You should see two lumps on the stem rather than the usual one lump.

The reason for this is that Williams pear wood creates a chemical which produces cyanide. This cyanide is what kills the cells around the graft. The scion and rootstock no longer speak to each other. They part company.

I contacted the garden centre and sent them a copy of my receipt (I keep receipts!) and told them about the faulty workmanship. They refunded my money straightaway.

I no longer have a Williams pear but if I ever did buy one I would make sure that it had been double worked.

Bee identification

Posted: Yesterday at 20:54

Stick a photo on here and someone will say.

Dawn Chorus

Posted: Yesterday at 20:51

Fantastic. Such a refreshing change from the usual swooping camerawork and "look at me" presenter worship.

I also enjoyed a similarly unaccompanied (by music or speaking) programme called Handmade. There are several of them. The one I saw was about making a glass jug. I shall never look at a bit of old glassware in the same way again.

Vegetable ID's

Posted: Yesterday at 18:58

Could it be a Thai eggplant?

Vegetable ID's

Posted: Yesterday at 18:44

The second one is bitter gourd. Used in Asian cooking.

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