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tree shaker tool survey need help

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 14:42

Hi Betti, I've completed the survey but wouldn't need such a tool in my garden because all my fruit trees are minarettes so the fruit is easily reached. I agree with artjak that there would have to be a way to avoid bruising. Last month I saw some Buddhist monks in China harvesting fruit by shaking the tree manually with other monks holding a big sheet underneath to catch the fruit which I suppose would have reduced any bruising problems.

While I was on holiday in Albania last year I watched an automatic tree shaker being used to harvest olives. This was a big commercial machine though and again a sheet was spread underneath to catch the olives.

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:48

We have a Euphorbia Trigona which my husband bought when he started his first job 34 year ago. It was about 6" tall then and for many years he moved it between offices and jobs until it got too big and he brought it home. It is now over 7 foot tall plus pot and trying to push it's way out of the conservatory roof!

New small pond for frogs/toads

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:32

I'm doing exactly the same and for the same reasons. I put in a mini-pond (well, really a glorified washing up bowl) last spring and did get one frog who took up residence during the hot weather but plan to dig a proper small pond soon.

I've also tried to give up using slug pellets and did find nematodes worked well this year but they're quite expensive. I noticed a new anti-slug spray product from Grazers in one of my recent gardening catalogues and I'm planning to try it next year. It claims to be safe for wildlife but I've no idea how effective it is. I've used their anti-rabbit spray before and that seemed to be quite useful.

White Beetroot

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 10:54

I'm growing a mixture of colours this year and cooked one red and one white to contrast the other day. I preferred the white one, which was sweeter, but OH preferred the red one which had a stronger taste. 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:01

The beetroot seeds are a "Quattro" mix, which is supposed to produce 4 different colours - red, white, yellow and red/white stripes. I've only had red ones and the white one so far so I think the others may have been more reluctant to germinate. It's difficult to tell them apart from the plant though.

I've also avoided "funny" colour beans or the same reason, although I do grow yellow courgettes!

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:37

Most of my vegetables seem to sneakily grow larger than I intended whilst I'm not looking but they taste great nonetheless. I'm currently catching up on over-sized Cobra french beans and yesterday had a delicious huge white beetroot (I've never grown a white variety before and it was quite hard to believe it would actually taste like beetroot, but it did).


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 00:06

Hi Greg

The latest one looks pretty good to me when I click on it to get the enlarged version. A lovely peacock butterfly!

A request or suggestion.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 09:56

Thanks for the tip, Beaus Mum. I knew about the green arrow but didn't know I could change my settings to do this.

Yellow lawn

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 17:33

You could always try the Brazilian World Cup approach and just paint the grass green 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:26

Thanks, Victoria. The only problem now is that the caterpillars are currently causing neglect to the rest of my garden too by seducing me into hours of caterpillar-watching when I should be doing something more useful!

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