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Fruit tree ID...

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 21:46

I don't have any pictures and the tree hasn't fruited for sometime. It was a poorly neglected tree, covered in dead bindweed and brambles in Frebruary but after some TLC and after branches being cut off,  it produced white blossoms at the beginning of April. I hoped it was apple, a frost took the blossoms though later that month and there didn't appear to be any devloping fruit.

This evening I noticed lots of tiny green hard fruits about the size of marbles, some bigger, on the tree. A guy on the allotment thinks it's plum but someone else thought cherry. I have a cherry blossom tree in the back garden and don't think it's cherry as me thinks the leaves would be similar.

Sorry, not alot to go on but any suggestions as to what it is....    

leaves turning white

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:04

Good advise from fb - Also look to see what's growing well in your neighbours gardens, if they don't have oranges and lemons there could be good reason.

Also can you save rain water to use, you could be in a particularly hot spot in Spain with very little rain but it might be possible to rig up a butt which catches rain from the house roof. My brothers neighbour in South France does that as they are on a metre, when it rains, it's usually torrential and the butts fill up quite quickly.  

Rabbits...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:48

Chicken wire bought in small lengths is expensive but bought in 50m lengths it's alot cheaper. I bought 50m x 1m with 25mm holes for about £40 on line with free P & P in a sale. Posts purchased from a wood merchants are a fraction of the cost of those in GC's.  I needed 20, the whole fence around the allotment cost less than £80.

When you consider the fence will be there for a good number of years, it's a good investment in unspoiled veg.

The rabbits on our allotments are so braizen they can be seen running around on the track up the centre of the plots some mornings.  

Rabbits...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:31

A good rabbit proof fence would be your first line of defence, one were the chicken wire is buried under ground and then turned outward to stop them burrowing under.

A terrier would be another good choice if you like dogs. You don't mention mice, now they don't like onions and garlic or the smell of FBB so surrounding your plot with either or would in part deter mice although you can't plant onions/garlic each year in the same spot. 

Fox's like the smell of FBB and go after rabbits. A sprinkling of FBB would be another good choice, attract a fox to kill the rabbits, unless it's an urban fox which has adapted to eat stuff from bins most will leave your veg alone, I maybe wrong on this latter point though?    

Also try planting some stuff which rabbits don't eat, it's my understanding they leave fruit bushes alone and rubarb.

Apart from the fence, I'm trying out some of the above stuff this year on a new allotment for the first time so can't speak from experience. The information was gained from reading books and stuff on the internet, someone else maybe able to offer better advise...   

Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:07

It was less than £8, so very cheap, the next grade up is double, I'm happy to pay extra if it does the job. Will take it back...Zoomer goes off to see if she can find the receipt...

Money saving and recycling tips

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:50

I've saved widgets to put on the ends of canes, tennis balls work to.

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:43

First time I grew toms there must have been 40 plus seedlings, narrowed it down to 15 this year but only have room for 8 or 10 tops.

Sorry can't help with the kale.  

spring onions

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 14:12

I've got white lisbon to sow - the packet says they can take 18-24 days to germinate and 12 to 14 weeks to reach picking size what a long time for such a small veg.   

why do i not get email when get reply to my post

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 14:04

Mine come randomly,

Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 22:37

Whilst digging up brambles my 20yr old fork snapped......it was so light weight and easy to use...rather than it go to the tool graveyard in the sky ......it has become two very useful tools, the handle is now a dibber for parsnips and the like...and the fork has become an extra large hand fork...

To cut to the chase, I then purchased a cheap garden fork and one of the pronges has bent on first use. Now I didn't expect it to last 20yrs but did expect it to dig up bramble crowns and stop when it came to a stone.

Q is would you take it back or should I just bite the bullet and get a better fork....         

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Has anyone won anything.... 
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Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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