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Posted: 26/08/2012 at 20:52

Flo, I always understood that the best pollinator for Comice is in fact Concorde. I have both but the Comice still remains a bit of a failure each year with only a couple of pears. I think it doesn't like my sticky clay soil and would much rather have a chalky or sandy bed for its roots.

Regarding gages, yes they are a great fruit with rich spicy aroma. Better than the best of plums, so it surprises me that I've never planted one or two of my own. My mother-in-law's Old English variety is lovely but I can't say which is the frontrunner for flavour, hardiness, reliability etc.

Fig crop drop

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 20:39

His is planted out, large and, annoyingly, he does nothing with it but prune back every few years. The hard winter before last nearly did for it, but it sprang back to life by May/June although didn't fruit of course. The puzzling thing about mine is that, seemingly, nothing out of the ordinary has happened to them which means I have no lessons to learn for next time. Just when you think you're in some control, nature has its way of biting you back in the nethers!

Fig crop drop

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 11:10

I usually have a modest but pleasing crop of figs ... brown and white... from my two containered trees but this year is especially disappointing. Just when the fruit should begin to swell and ripen, nearly all have dropped off over the space of three days or so. Some I expect from non-pollination during the season but why such a sudden disaster? I understand that temperature drops can cause this (it did go cooler earlier this week) but my father-in-law's tree no more than a few hundred yards down the road has been unaffected. The trees are in a sheltered position and are reasonably well watered and fed.Anyone else suffering?

Damson Crop for 2012

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 10:56

I made 10 gals of damson wine with my crop last year. This year, I will be lucky to find 10 damsons! Lord knows what to expect for 2013.


Posted: 08/08/2012 at 21:54

Planted mine ( for the first time) outside in early May after growing from seed. Good soil, plenty of chicken pellets dug in. Watered (by the rain) almost daily. Some have hardly grown. The best, after 15-16 weeks, not much bigger than an egg. Looks like another few weeks or so to harvest these, but some in danger of bolting. What's to be done?! (and I don't even like beetroot)

Sweet potato

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 12:44

That's what I meant. Grow now for some result to eat for Xmas dinner. I'll go give them a good talking to straightaway!

Sweet potato

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 12:15

You mean for Xmas dinner, I assume?

Sweet potato

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 11:16

Peeling a shop-bought sweet potato recently, we found it was beginning to sprout. I firmed in the pieces of peel into damp compost and now leaves are beginning to grow happily. Too late into the growing season to hope for results but, question is, can I overwinter these plants and hope to grow a crop in containers next year?

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 10:57

Squirrels most likely.


Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:37

Talking of hybrids. Several years ago I was growing a mini-plum variety called Rosada in the GH and someone gave me a couple of yellow plants, probably Golden Sunrise or the like (medium fruit but average flavour), which I remember did not do very well. I kept a couple of Rosada toms for sowing the following year, and when they fruited, they came out as yellow mini-plum, very sweet and a prolific cropper, very dark leaves, which I have continued to grow every year since. Modesty forbids that I should name the variety anything other than 'those yellow things'.

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