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My grapevine

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:34

Sounds like grape shanking. One cause is overcropping and with over 100 bunches on one vine that sounds like your main problem. That is an awful lot of fruit for one vine to ripen and I would reduce it by 75%. It can be very hard to bring yourself to remove promising fruit but it really is for the best. Start by removing all affected bunches then remove all small bunches. Reduce any overcrowding where bunches are interfering with each other.

Thinning individual bunches improves the quality of fruit and helps prevent disease so is also worth doing at the right time of year.

Old Oak tree - advice re care

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 22:45

First thing to check is if there is a TPO for the tree. That will seriously constrain any work you might be thinking of doing and you need to contact the council before touching the tree. Next thing is what lies under the branches in question - would anyone be in danger if the branch falls.

Wood charcoal ash

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:37

The fashionable name for this is biochar - Wikipedia has an article on it. Benefits include enhanced moisture retention. 

Runner beans

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:49

 Maybe the bees are misbehaving. They seem to have learned that they can access the nectar by drilling through the back of the flower thus reneging on their part of the deal -pollination. I watched them do it on my runners last year but I still got enough beans in the end.

What's in my garden?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:28

Looks like a shield fern to me, dryopteris filix-mas maybe? Grows like a weed in my garden.

Coir Compost Blocks

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 01:25

£21 for 3x70 ltr. of compost? Decent price? That is very expensive and very, very poor value for money.

wasp nest

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 01:16

Wasps are b@stards apparently. Anyone remember the old Bing Hitler sketch? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp5SfUbjWew

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:24

Bob Flowerdew - "The no work garden". Found it remaindered in a shop at Bicester and bought it to read while OH was shopping for Britain. Full of good sensible advice.

What have I done?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:34

They might not fly but they can certainly climb, I have found them 8 feet up a grape vine.

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 12:40

Looks like beech to me. Don't worry about the leaves appearing, mine are at the same stage and will fill out over the next two weeks.

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