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Does anyone know what this little critter might be?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 13:52
Yes we have leeches in the UK, especially in ponds.

Don't know what your thing is though.

Baby figs

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 00:38
The figs that will develop next year are at the moment tiny; they will remain like that until next Spring when they will start to grow. If they are big enough to be recognisable as a fig they will not be any use and can be removed in the Autumn.

Ivyhouse, you can try poaching them, but I fear you will be disappointed. I tried it many years ago and was not successful. But, experimentation is what it's all about.

Pruning Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:54
They don't exactly sulk, but they produce a profusion of non-flowering, unproductive 'water shoots.'

There are many varieties of magnolia, could you perhaps plant another one in a suitable position, to take over from the Stellata.

Correct plants for privacy required

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:37
Strategically placed trees or shrubs planted along the side of the garden can also guide the eye away from the end and the extension. If the only interest in the garden is at the end, that is where you will always look.

Trouble is that trees that grow to 8 metres, usually don't stop there. Eucalyptus also shed lots of leaves that can get to be a nuisance.

Supermarket fruit and veg

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:30
Oh dear, it is such a minefield. Paid employment in some countries enables children to have a good diet and education. If none of us bought fruit and vegetables from abroad many more people would suffer.

I do try and buy seasonally (no asparagus from Peru, for instance) and home grown, or FairTrade but I have not found a suitable substitute for bananas, lemons and oranges yet.

Funnily enough the spread of mobile phones has been a great driver in many countries as it enables farmers to access markets more efficiently and get better prices for their crops.

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 23:49
I'm sure you are right about Buckthorn, but nobody but you has mentioned Buckthorn. The thread is about sloes, etc. I don't think they can be mistaken for anything else.

Yes, do watch out for the blackthorns, they seem to fester if you get them in your hands.


Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:29
We got an almost free Alton wooden greenhouse. We have dismantled and rebuilt it about four times now. Had to replace quite a lot of glass as a result of carelessness and winter storms, but worth every penny the new glass cost.

Lawn damage

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:25
Not crows if there are more than four of them. They are probably rooks!

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:20
Sloe/blackthorn bushes grow into trees. Not sure what Cangrandmafixit is talking about. Bullace, damson and sloes are all edible.

Sloe and apple jelly is delicious with roast lamb.

Sieving soil - compaction?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:14
Green manure is just plant material, good though it is. Manure is composed of bedding, faeces and urine and is not the same thing.

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