Monthly Archives: April 2014

2014 attempt at trying to ascertain the Walnut tree problems.

This years lures have been lifted high into the walnut canopy (28th April) and will be checked weekly.

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Emptying the Grafting Bins

Just a quick photo to illustrate what the grafted trees are like when they come out of the grafting bins. These have been grafted in March and then kept in a greenhouse, at about 10 deg C. The rootstocks have … Continue reading

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Now the weather is warming up and its April showers – Watch out for Slugs.

There is tender green shoots now growing, due to the warming weather and the April showers. So be on your guard for slugs and snails. It is quite amazing how far the can travel. Not only horizontally on the ground, … Continue reading

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Bumper Apricot crop this year

As we have had virtually no frosts this year, its looking like its going to be a bumper apricot crop this year. Touch wood, as there is always something around the corner to set you back. This variety is called … Continue reading

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Pigeon Damage to Fruit Tree’s

This is the first time that I can remember that we have had pigeon damage to the new shoots of our fruit trees. Some of the branches have also snapped, under the weight. I have seen the pests, in our … Continue reading

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Pond water PH values

The pH values should be between 6.5 and 8.5. (Typically tap water is about 7, dependant on the area of the country). Test the pH of the water using ‘pH test strips’. You will need to locate the source of … Continue reading

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Do I have a mouse problem ?

In feeding my mice with bait in hopper style feeders. I think my mice are very eager to be fed more regularly. The mice/rats have even eaten/chewed the filling spout of the plastic hoppers. They have even chewed through the … Continue reading

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One of my customers has a problem, his plants have no roots.

An all to come problem, you are waiting for your plants to burst into growth an into flower, then nothing. You go and investigate and the plant has no roots and it is loose in the pot. Just what can … Continue reading

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Day out at Bourton on the Water ? its surprising what you find.

A nice day out with the family to Bourton on the Water ? Away from the fruit trees, but it is surprising what you find. In the motor museum ‘Brum’ as seen on TV Waiting for my motorbike to be … Continue reading

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2014 Flowering times (updated 25th April 2014)

This is just a list of actual flowering / pollination times for 2014. This year has been an early year, due to no snow and virtually no frost. It is my intention to keep this list up to date and … Continue reading

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