Latest posts by Warthog

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Pheasants attack the plums

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 12:35

Thanks, people (like the partridge in a pear tree comment, well done!).  I think netting is going to be the answer next year.  Don't know who, if anyone, actually breeds them round here (North Pennines) but they are all over the place.  Most of us hit one with the car at least once a year, very damaging - to the car, I mean! obviously damaging to the pheasant.  They are totally annoying and, as you say, not all that bright.  Why hang around on road verges and on the road itself when you have hundreds of acres of moorland and field to forage on?

When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 09:31

My thanks too to all of you giving advice.  I have a small blackcurrant bush which managed to sow itself in my front garden and for the last two years has produced enough fruit for a couple of crumbles.  This year unfortunately the birds started to find it, so I will have to try and net next year.  But I will have a go at pruning lightly this year and then do the cutting of fruited stems next year.

Hi, Newbie - Has Anyone Seen This Poppy Before ?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 09:27

I thought I had one like yours until I saw the beautiful pics.  Mine was from a mixed packet of poppy seeds, three came up, very dark purple, bright scarlet and pink and white but more white than yours.  See if you can gather the seeds, will it come true next year??!!  Good luck.

Pheasants attack the plums

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 09:25

Having a leisurely breakfast in bed, I noticed a large russet tail poking out from my older plum tree, so went outside to investigate.  Around 8-10 young peasants erupted from the tree and grass around where they had been plundering my brilliant crop of Victoria plums, the first since I moved 3 years ago.  The tree had to be moved with the building of an extension (not by me, rather roughly done by the builder and a hired digger) and has only just recovered.  I have picked the rest of the crop to ripen indoors.  Any ideas on how to deter the buggers?


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 06:28

Certainly not bumblebees, as the article shows, but bullet-like wasp bodies, yellow & black, and behaving like wasps, so I am pretty sure they are.  Local shop has traps, which I am reluctant to use, since presumably just goes on collecting them and waiting for them to die.  Was hoping there might be some smell that I could apply to deter them, but cannot find anything mentioned.


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 07:14

Thanks, guys, but unless I want to dismantle the whole fascia, impossible to get at the nest.  There seem to be only 2 or 3 of them about this morning, so maybe they are being deterred.  Will ask at local gardening shop.


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 18:45

Wasps appear to be gaining access through a narrow gap just above doors to my decking.  I have tried to seal it off but they are still hanging around.  Don't like killing them, but does anything deter wasps?

June Berry at an end

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 19:47

Thanks, I think it must be something like that. Have never had this happen before, and other trees in the same row seem untouched.  Oh well!

June Berry at an end

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:26

What's happened to my June Berry (Saskatoon)?  Planted it last summer and it seemed to take OK, dropped leaves and this year new buds appeared - but never opened.  It was protected with a plastic sleeve against rabbits.  I decided to move it, but when I dug it up, everything below about an inch under the ground had been eaten away, leaving a rounded hard stem.  I asked the sellers and they suggested grubs in the ground, but I cannot see anything.  Any ideas, people?  And will it happen again.

Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:49
I grew six tomato vines in my porch up here at 1000 ft in the North Pennines, provided me with a constant supply for myself from late August. I took them down before going away on holiday and made 4 pounds of green tomato jam with the unripe fruit, but will certainly try the relish next year, thanks.
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