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Pigeons eating fruit blossom

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 10:52

I've noticed in the last few days a pigeon eating my Victoria plum blossom. It's never happened before. Apart from covering the whole tree (it is kept quite small) with horticultural netting which might do as much damage and stop pollination I don't know how to stop it.

Any ideas?

Double wall raised bed?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 16:46

Absolutely super Tetley Again thank you for your trouble.

Thanks too Verdun loads of lovely choice for when it's finished.

Many thanks to you both.




Double wall raised bed?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 16:13

Hi Tetley

Thank you for going to the trouble of photographing the wall, it's great. Could you tell me how wide it I? Looks just what I had in mind.

Double wall raised bed?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 11:05

I have a small front NW facing garden in which I am thinking of having a small 4 metre long wall on our boundary. As we are retired and our joints are retiring too, I wondered about making a double wall with soil between the two sections of wall, and plant bulbs and trailing plants like aubretia, making a raised bed that would save kneeling and be easy to maintain.

What are the optimum and the minimum widths I would need between the two sections of wall? What would be the best compost mix and any suggestions for flowers that ‘look after themselves’. Any other advice that might help would be appreciated.


Posted: 25/03/2015 at 10:53

The one I moved suffered no ill effects so I gradually moved the rest over several weeks and they are all doing fine, even one in semi shade. Made sure I kept the roots and attached soil in place. Potatoes planted in their place!


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:22

Thanks Edd

I think I'll try moving one and harvest the rest.


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:42

Late last summer I planted a few coriander plants in my allotment hoping to get a crop before the frost. To my surprise they have survived and look healthy. I now need to use that ground to prepare for potatoes and wonder if I can successfully transplant the coriander to a different sunny position.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:23

Thanks Fleurisa I thought so too especially as I was away for the last two weeks in June but I have watered well since then and the later fruit have gone the same way. you maybe right we have a light soil  perhaps it dried quicker than I thought.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 14:16

My two year old blackberry flowered abundantly this year and the early berries were large and well formed but after a few weeks the rest have shrivelled before they reached even the unripe red stage, I cut off buckets full of would be berries and their adjacent dead leaves. The plant generally looks very healthy. Too much water? too little water? Or what?

Pear leaf disease

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 13:28

Thanks Flowering Rose and Miranda Stanton.

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Pigeons eating fruit blossom

How do I stop it! 
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Transplanting corriander 
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