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Rabbits have eaten my bark!!

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 17:02

I have used the white plastic protectors for quite young trees but find that you need to keep an eye on it over the months and early years. They will mark the tree as it grows. Also fast growers often resent the slight constriction around the base of the trunk and throw out roots outside of the protector. Soon the protector is enveloped by the growing trunk and impossible to remove... which can't be good for its future development. I'm really talking about when you want to plant a patch of woodland or orchard but the need for monitoring is common sense.

Cherry picking problem

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 12:19

I'm obviously too late a riser to witness this piracy but it's certainly a flock of something taking the leaves but something smaller and craftier, perhaps starlings, grabbing all the fruit. Thank heaven I don't do this commercially!

Cherry picking problem

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 09:53

Each year about this time, my 20' high stella cherry is raided for its young leaves. It is about 75% denuded, leaving ripped and ragged little stumps. In a few weeks time, my cherry crop will be stripped off completely before it even starts to ripen. I never see the culprits but suspect wood pigeons. Anyone else suffer this damage and is it pigeons or all types of bird doing this? Even netting does not deter them, as they find the smallest gaps to get their prize.

Rabbits have eaten my bark!!

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 09:41

Many choices for protecting trees. Some more unsightly than others. A couple of turns of chicken wire are reasonably unbtrusive or, in my case, plastic trellis curled around the first couple of feet of trunk. A few years ago two young pear trees I planted were nearly killed by rabbits almost ring barking them. They really love young apple/pear bark but strangely left my plum trees alone. I don't have deer issues but they are worse, I understand.


Posted: 18/05/2012 at 10:47

Ditto. Courgettes are very sensitive to cold and wet. Normally by the end of May we should be safe to plant out in a well drained sheltered bed but as everyone here says, this year, it's still too risky. A couple of inches down in the soil and you'll find it pretty cold and damp.

I grow some in containers and aim to repot mine into these this weekend but house them in a corner of the GH for a couple of weeks.

What is eating these chilli seedlings

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 19:38

A couple of slug pellets in each pot provides a bit of insurance against visiting slugs and snails. Check underneath the pots too... a common hiding place.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 11:49

Cucumbers hate to have cold and wet feet. We have all been guilty of sowing too early for them. Unless you have a consistently warm, humid environment why risk it until the weather warms up(hopefully) next month or so? They will grow fast enough when you do. 

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Figs dropping before ripening 
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grow from sprouting peel? 
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Cherry picking problem

What's eating my cherry leaves? 
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