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August in the Garden

August in the GardenSilly as it sounds, this is the month when I start to get ready for autumn. At the start of the month I go around the garden looking at all the plants that may not make it through the winter and take cuttings from them. This is generally very easy and to those that may […]

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Blueberries, some finer points!

Blueberries, some finer points!The question was. “Why have the ends of my blueberries started to die?” The quick answer is canker, which is a fungal infection, of which there are several types that affect blueberries. As with other fruit trees, the best thing to do is to cut back to good green wood, which shows no sign of […]

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Nobody’s Fool

Nobody’s FoolI was recently asked what my favourite fruit was, and how I best liked to enjoy it. Well this set the mind racing, raspberries with a sophisticated hint of sharpness, strawberries, blueberries not to mention the currants or succulent melt in the mouth pears, but it came down to two, apples and gooseberries. Gooseberries! I […]

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Redcurrents – disaster averted!

Redcurrents – disaster averted!I suppose like many people I get a little behind with jobs at this time of year, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, even with the twilight shift. So here’s a job where delay nearly spelled disaster for me. Netting Red currants, yes I know they are not even turning ripe […]

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Apples – Three summer problems!

Apples – Three summer problems!The fruits have set nicely, vibrant green foliage is emerging from new growth and everything seems fine on the tree, but look a little closer. What’s that white fluff on the trunk? The answer is woolly aphids with their white protection mechanism. Infestations can be found round old pruning sites or low down on the […]

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