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Apple Trees - Hopeless Cases?

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 17:38

Bramleys last for a very long time. Could be a pollination problem. Bramley needs 2 other group D pollinators - Laxton Superb is one but you need another. The Bramley won't pollinate the Laxton but it is partly self fertile so you should get some fruit from the Laxton. Normally other trees in the neighbourhood would act as pollinators but if they have all gone then you could try a flowering crab apple.

They may also have developed a biennial flowering habit which combined with pruning may account for lack of flowers and fruit.

Problem viewing on Android tablet

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 16:43

It can take up to 20 seconds to load the site or switch pages on my Android tablet. It used to be just as fast as viewing on my PC but is now horribly slow. I don't have any ad blockers running which can slow things down. Any ideas what might be causing this?

Irrigation System

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:39

Gardena have adjustable drippers but like Hozelock these are designed to be used on microbore tubing. This usually taps into 13mm thin wall tubing which forms the main circuit. Both makes sell complete kits in a box which is usually good value. With winter coming check garden centres etc. for bargains as they get rid of summer stuff like this. 

turning air into soluble nitrate to feed garden??

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 23:15

Marketing drivel, that's all.

Planting colour under rhododendrons

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 10:41

Nothing will grow under rhododendrons. Are you thinking of planting in front of the rhodos instead? You can prune back the rhodos very severely to free up some more space. Do you know which rhododendron you have?

Chilean Potato Plant

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 16:54

You are pruning it too hard. Cutting it hard back every year is likely to kill it. The usual method of removing no more than one third of the old stems every year is the recommended technique. Your feeding technique may also be a contributing factor - too much feeding or the wrong feed may encourage the plant to just make green growth.

Potato problem

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:56

Yes, just peel them. The flesh will be fine underneath the skin.

Crazy fungus

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:54

Looks like a bay bolete but there are several similar boletes. Even though it looks a bit weird when it goes blue when bruised the bay bolete is edible.

potato scab

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:23

Are you growing them in the same spot every year or rotating with other crops?

One cause of scab is said to be dry conditions during the first few weeks of green growth. However it sounds like scab is now endemic in your soil and you may have to avoid growing spuds for several years.

Rhododendron problem

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:03

I think Nemasys only affects the grubs which attack the roots rather than the adults which attack the leaves. I would recommend using it to stop the next generation but you may have to hunt down the adults by hand.

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