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Squirrel trouble?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 12:10

Thanks for both suggestions, haven't seen a rabbit in the garden danmvalverde.

Thanks for the link will pursue it Peanut 3

Squirrel trouble?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:55

 My red and orange tulips are being bitten off just below the bloom. They are left on the ground. I've lost up to three a day. They seem to be vandalised in the morning. They are in a secure back garden. We have squirrels doing other damage, could they be the culprits? Any solutions?

Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:09

Thanks Fidgetbones and all other comments, helpful and interesting.

I'm wondering if it's just a bad year for moths. Certainly I've seen more butterflies, wasps and bees in my garden thean I can recall in 40 years.

Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:10

I have a victoria plum tree about 6 years old. About half of the 200 or so plums have been attacked by Brown Rot. A lot of the rest have black around the stone and pink grubs.What is it? I shall make sure they are all disposed in the bin but can I prevent it next year, ideally organically. I estimate that I have lost about 80% of the crop with the two problems.

varities-of-potato-for-sandy-soil

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:34

Thank you Dovefromabove, that's really helpful.

varities-of-potato-for-sandy-soil

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 09:04

I have just begun to harvest my King Edward potatoes. The soil is sandy and very slightly alkaline. The potatoes are all healthy but rather small. I wanted some really large ones for jacket spuds.  The Charlottes did well. Any suggestions improving  next year's King Edward or  suggest another for a baking ,boiling and jacket all-rounder main crop? Thanks.

morello-cherry

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 07:48

I have a Morello cherry, about 4 years old, which I’m growing as a cordon on a north-west facing fence. It makes prodigious growth, I prune about 75% each year. However it has so far produced half a dozen cherries. I’m guessing the soil is too fertile in that spot of the garden but I can’t move it elsewhere. I have a similar aged dessert cherry which is producing a reasonable amount of fruit.  Is there any way I can encourage more fruit and less growth?

Sweet Peas

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:36

I've grown sweet peas for a number of years. This year the stems were very long initially but have got shorter each picking so now they will fit into an egg cup.

I planted them in well manured slightly alkaline soil mixed with multipurpose compost in a sunny position in the garden.

I can't remember such consistently short stems. Is it the variety?

Any solutions?

Honeysuckle

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 16:40

Thanks very much, the link was really helpful, sounds just right.  Thanks too for planting advice.

Honeysuckle

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:41

I have just cut down an old honeysuckle which I inherited when I moved to the house 5 years ago. It never had more than a few small flowers. I want to replace it with one or two more. I shall not plant in in exactly the same spot but perhaps 2 or 3 feet away. I will be north west facing. Any suggestions on a heavy flowering scented variety and how should I prepare the soil?

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Discussions started by Sheila 5

Squirrel trouble?

Tulips bitten off just below flower 
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Last Post: 14/04/2014 at 12:10

Plum Fruit Moth?

Is this plum fruit moth? 
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Last Post: 25/09/2013 at 08:55

varities-of-potato-for-sandy-soil

Please recommend suitable main crop spud. 
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Last Post: 27/08/2013 at 19:34

morello-cherry

How to encourage fruit not growth 
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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 23:33

Sweet Peas

Why are the stems getting shorter? 
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Last Post: 21/07/2013 at 22:28

Honeysuckle

Best honeysuckle for North west facing trellis? 
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Last Post: 08/07/2013 at 16:40

Ideas for planting

Difficult to grow area 
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Last Post: 09/03/2013 at 14:28

Clematis not developing

With what should feed my clematis? 
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Last Post: 12/02/2013 at 16:06

sheep wool

sheep wool as deterrent for slugs. 
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Last Post: 28/06/2012 at 21:07

Insect-proof netting

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Last Post: 22/06/2012 at 19:04
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