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choice of apple trees (East Kent)

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 11:40

Talk to a fruit specialist rather than a general supplier. Ashridge Trees or Deacons nursery (Isle of Wight so might have similar soil conditions) for example. They will be able to supply a range of rootstocks, tree forms and ages which might save you a year or two before fruiting. You might also get better prices e.g. Deacons have sale on at the moment which would beat the price you have now.

Cat scarer extrordinaire

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 11:23

Presumably the highly qualified OP has checked with Ofcom that his device is legal.   Irresponsible idiot!

Damson gin-smells of almonds

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 23:07

The alcohol from the gin will do you more damage than the cyanide from the damson stones. Sounds like you are genetically disposed to detect cyanide at very low doses. Some people are very sensitive to the smell but others can't detect it at all. I would happily enjoy the gin and not worry too much about the cyanide, it is present at a very low level and won't do any harm unless you drink the entire bottle in one sitting.

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 16:30

The sky has been an amazing colour here today (Surrey/Sussex border) with the dust and smoke it is carrying. Much darker than usual too, a bit like just before a solar eclipse.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 16:41

Here's an amusing encounter between some of my garden wildlife. The fox cub didn't notice the deer at first but then got curious.

The deer, which had been watching the cub, decided it was time to stand up and the cub realised it was much bigger than it looked.

Slightly sheepish looking cub (pardon the metaphor).

This was taken a few hours later that day. The fawn was probably why the deer was a bit nervous of the fox cub.

How to get rid of one rock

Posted: 12/09/2017 at 00:24

You need a feather and wedge set and a sledgehammer or hefty lump hammer as well as your drill. I don't think a clawhammer will be up to the job. Search Youtube for rock splitting and you will find lots of videos showing how to do it.

mysterious growths! Camellia

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 14:03

They are seed pods also known as camellia fruit. Perfectly natural and not a problem.

Which grapes variety

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 13:07

Might be Siegerebbe. If so then it is a good dual purpose wine/dessert grape. Wait until all the grapes turn colour then taste every few days till you get maximum sweetness. Or turn your back on them for a couple of days and blackbirds will have the lot .

Star fish (fungi?)

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 23:11

My guess is it is Clathrus Archeri or Devil's Fingers. Introduced to Europe from Australia/NZ. It should be very smelly.

Wild strawberries question

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 23:01

It might be easier to find a friend/neighbour who has them and can offer some runners. The round fruit variety grow like weeds in my garden and I am constantly pulling them out even though I like the fruit. 

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