Latest posts by Welshonion

Old Apple tree will not fruit

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 14:31
If the tree is no longer aesthetically pleasing, I would replace it.

But if it grows a good apple you can get it grafted onto a modern rootstock, professionally. Either go to an Apple Day in the Autumn or consult Brogdale where they keep the National Collection. Do you know the variety?

Pansyface, is right, the tree may have been too hard pruned and has been cut back to the rootstock. When it eventually fruits again you will be able to tell by what apples it produces.

5 years is quite a short time for a tree to recover from a traumatic occurrence; give it time.

If you replace the tree, some trees have to be staked throughout their lives if they are on certain rootstocks. Especially the dwarfing ones.

Plant sales for school fundraising

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 01:29
Sad though isn't it. The cakes we make and sell for our annual fete go like, well, hot cakes!

Plant sales for school fundraising

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 01:02
I know it is very difficult to face up to silly people who say bought cakes only, but it is only a rather cruel rule made up by bossy people.

There is no legislation which forbids home-made jams, pickles or cakes for one-off events.

I know from personal knowledge of a daughter who was forbidden to take a birthday cake into a care home for her mother.

But, since 13 December 2014 you have to be sure that every cooked item is labelled with allergy information.

From experience with our local WI people will not buy bought cakes.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 19:33
Sorry November Member you're out of order!


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:24
Invite a few rooks in. Far cheaper and environmentally friendly.

On a serious note; do you really want your garden sprayed with pesticides?

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 13:47
All liquid milk is produced in the UK. It is just not worth bringing it in by tanker load from the continent.

But I wonder how many on this board buy 'added value' milk from the continent?

Cheese, yoghurt, butter, various creams, and other products.

And then we get on to meat. NZ lamb, Danish and Dutch bacon. Foreign beef. Foreign cold meats.

Shopping is a minefield.


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 23:14
You can buy them now when you'll get the best choice, but I wouldn't put them to chit yet. Make sure you keep them cool but definitely frost-free.

Feeding birds.

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 23:10
If you are vegetarian I would not attempt to make fat balls. The birds can exist on nuts and seeds very well, and niger seeds for the goldfinches, etc.

When I am plagued by starlings I also feed cheap porridge oats, too.

Plants pet owners should avoid

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 00:25
To be frank, I've reached the age where I'm very careful what new information I absorb. I think my brain is nearly full. Please allow us to be conversational on this site rather than confrontational.

I have lived with pets, children and laburnum trees all my life and never found any of them a problem.

planting stuff at the wrong time

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 00:18
The biggest problem with planting for children is that many things mature during the summer holidays.

Despite the time of year, you can send children home with a pot, compost and seeds. Herbs, peas and beans, cabbages and some flowers immediately spring to mind.

Work out before you start who is going to do the watering and weeding. Will the school kitchen accept the produce?

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