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Posted: 15/07/2013 at 13:42

Bit of a waste!  What do you want to do with unripe cherries?  If you want them to ripen you will have to net the tree.

Cherry Tree

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 13:36

The first step I would take is to remove the ivy on the trunk. As there doesn't appear to be much in the garden I would be wary of removing the one feature there is.

I appreciate it is much too near to the fence and will ultimately damage it, but I am always loathe to cut down trees.

You can mow over the roots and any suckers that come up in the lawn.

Freshly picked peas

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 17:24

I wouldn't blanch them for so long.  As soon as they come back to the boil is long enough.

For large quantities: Put a washing-up bowl (or whatever you can fit in) in the freeezer with water in the bottom.  Freeze the water.  Blanch the veg and after draining pour onto the ice to which you have added some water - not too much.

For smaller quantities pour into ice cubes and water. 

Blanched vegetables should be cooled completely in the same time they were blanched for.

cox pipin

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 17:15

Cox apples are very challenging as they are prone to many things.  Unfortunately many people want to grow them as most people know the name!

Look on a good site such as the RHS site to find out what is wrong.

clematis in pot drainage problem

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 17:12

It also sounds as though the pot is full of roots.  Actually, it doesn't matter if the water goes through slowly, but bubbles coming up doesn't sound as though enough water is in the soil despite how often you water.  Have you tried soaking the whole pot for several hours to ensure the soil is well soaked.  Sometimes the water runs down the outside of the soil ball and does no good.  Have you got a saucer under the pot in this dry weather?

Dig down a few inches under the soil and feel what is going on.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 15:58

People have to make their own choices.  Traps are acceptable to most people as they do want to get rid of the mole.  Traps cost less than 'a battery powered thing' in the long run.

I cut slugs in half with a pair of scissors because I think killing them by some other means is pretty horrible.

As I say, make your own choices.

Bolting Broccoli

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 14:07

I also presume the plants are F1 hybrids.  Specifically bred to mature all at the same time.

Remove all the flowers and you should get some secondary, but much smaller, heads.

In my opinion home-freezing of the cabbage family gives nasty results.  For example sprouts.  I would rather eat the broccoli at every meal until they are all gone.  We are having a cauliflower festival at the moment!

Clearing c

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:46

Make absolutely sure that the person buying the house knows, in writing, what you are going to remove.  This is a legal requirement, or they will have a claim against you.

You can take anything you like which is in pots when the sale is agreed, but after that date you cannot dig up plants and remove them without permission.  Though you can of course take cuttings from suitable plants.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:39

They don't last for long.  They are part of the natural world.  Let them live, or do you want to destroy everything that displeases you?

And as for splashing bleach and Jeyes fluid all over the place.....Words fail me!

There was a photo and explanation on this board a few weeks ago.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:34

You have three choices.  Live with it.  Kill it.  Remove it.

Not all slugs are harmful to your plants.  The very biggest seem to graze on moss rather than plants.  I leave them be.

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