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Gooseberry No Fruit

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:37

Arthur, yes pruning...or not pruning..... could be a cause.  You prob bought your bushes as 2 or 3 year old plants making them 5 or 6 years old and ready for pruning.    Bullfinches in winter another possible reason for lack of fruit 

ideally, grow bushes on a short leg.......keeps bushes clean from fungal spores splashed from the soil.  I remove all branches near the ground.  I remove all very old wood, all inward growing wood and reduce all stems to a few buds to produce fruiting spurs.  Late winter, January time, for me 

for bullfinches stretch a fine net over the bushes supported by canes....use pots, cane tops or jars to stop netting slipping down the canes.  

Hope this helps...It works for me 

Oh dearie me!

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:19

whilst cutting a delicious strawberry n cream tart my hand slipped and it resulted in a larger slice than I intended.  

however, I don't think anyone noticed as the offending piece was removed ....and eaten by yours truly.....and the remaining pieces were re assembled in a slightly smaller circle.  Thought this was quite clever 

Hopefully, It should mean a share of the smaller tart for me too 

anyone else had such a worrying mishap in the kitchen? 

Think about it now.........

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:08

ok, only mid July but like it or not autumn is only a few weeks away.  A few weeks away from the dreaded cranefly 

in second half of August order nematodes to prevent leatherjackets destroying your lawn. 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:03

Gardening is all about individual experiences and often about opinion.....of course, mine is always correct 

I spray/ water my acer diss. purp during hot and dry weather but never in direct overhead sun.  I have experiented and sure in my own mind that foliage can be damaged by spraying in direct sun.  I have noticed this too with hostas for example.  Those minute droplets of water DO intensify the sun's far as I am concerned 

auntyRach......half and half?  Let us know how it works out.  However, one side will be facing,the sun and one not??? 

if in doubt don't do it.  Where is the advantage?  

My lawn is looking green still Busy........I water it occasionally but we get heavy overnjght mists from the sea too that helps.  However, it's less than 150 sq yards so easier to keep green than your much larger space. 

a respite from the sun right now.....not necessarily the heat it has become misty.  Sun returned  as I write this.  

My flowers ..

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 15:38

Why thank you kindly Runny 

......the good guys

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 15:29

praise again for the plant suppliers on Ebay 

i was sent the wrong variety a few weeks back but did not know until it flowered this morning.  An email to the supplier with photo, a prompt reply and applogy and I notice the replacement is already in the post.  

Ebay was always a place to avoid for me but I have to say the various plant suppliers....usually the growers themselves.....have been excellent.  Excellent quality plants and prompt dispatch 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 15:19

Worse thing to do, spray acers in hot sun.....THEY WILL SCORCH

I would drape a fleece over or erect a parasol 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:35

Reported on our local news that Bolventor is recording temp of 39 degrees.....39 degrees!  30 miles from here but, thankfully, slightly cooler here.  

picking blackcurrants,,runner beans and tomatoes will be my only gardening today 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:30

Those "wonky" tree feens will prob adjust but, for me, they are best planted as one or 2.  Turf seats? They will be good when watered and fed.  Sit on when dry ...of course.  The steel planters will outlast those made of wood

these progs are done on a tight budget and I'm not sure how much time there is for proper planning.  The gardens are better, they provide a lot of landscqping for the garden owners to work on and improve on.

the happy faces though make these progs enjoyable.  

Charlie's a thoroughly likeable hands-on presenter....she dug out the pool herself.  

My flowers ..

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:21

Welcome Joyce 

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