Monthly Archives: May 2016

Ever thought about Scarifying your Lawn – Pt2 The Lawns

We have sorted the machinery out. Now its time to see the effects of scarifing your lawns.   Here is the almost finished product. The next photo shows the lawn after its been given a quick clean up with a … Continue reading

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Ever thought about Scarifying your Lawn – Pt1 Machinery

Well the decision was made to scarify the lawn on 2 points. 1 – The lawn mower would not go over it 2 – The weeds were beginning to get the better. So we selected a dry week in May, … Continue reading

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Clutch of Pheasant Eggs

So well concealed I nearly stood on them. And the mother was on the nest only flew off when I was about 30 cms away. It gave me an almighty fright. I left them as they were for the mother … Continue reading

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Omega grafting using a hand tool

I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to grafting, using a knife a secateurs. However I was asked why I did not use the new ‘Hand Tool’ for grafting. So I thought I would give it a … Continue reading

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A botanist can be a very lonely life.

Again linked to my Rose tying post. My family have taken a photo of me, taking a photo of a very old Mulberry. It can be a lonely life being interested in fruit and nut trees. I see a tree … Continue reading

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How not to tie in Roses

Whilst out with the family at a very large park near Coventry a few weeks ago, I happened to notice the method used to tie in roses. As always on the look out for different methods of doing things I … Continue reading

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Now is the time I prune my Grapes

This time of year is when I always prune my grapes. I then know which branches are dead and which are going to be trained. All of my varieties are grown as single stem cordons. Some years the stem may … Continue reading

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Fox cub caught in Rabbit trap

Its amazing what gets caught in a live rabbit trap. This is a really nice, healthy fox cub. It did not take to kindly about me trying to let it out. It was snarling and hissing at me, but it … Continue reading

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Grafting below ground level into Sweet Chesnut’s

Firstly I have been asked how can you do a graft, but then not see the graft on a Sweet Chestnut tree. Well I hope to explain things further. Firstly a picture of a typical sweet chestnut seed growing and … Continue reading

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Creating an Apple Family Tree, a word of caution

Creating a family tree is so very tempting, especially if you have limited space. I have been doing a batch of cleft grafts using P22 as the apple rootstock. But a word of caution. You must select the varieties with … Continue reading

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