Category Archives: Slightly off Topic

Top working an old Conference pear tree – end February 2021

It seemed a good time to use a non productive Conference pear tree to keep some old Turkish pear varieties growing. I had 3 varieties of Turkish pears, Sheikh Serfettin, Ankara and Tacettin Usta to graft. The below are a … Continue reading

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Snow in the Orchard January 2021

Winter Snow in the Orchard February 2021 Continue reading

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Testing of Greenhouse Fumigator – August 2020

READ THE MANUFACTUERS INSTRUCTIONS FIRST There has been a lot of discussion on the internet forums as to the value for money of Greenhouse Fumigator (the ones you set light to). The main discussion seems to be the amount of … Continue reading

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Oak tree callussed branches

Whilst doing some gardening at a customers house. I noticed a very large common oak tree on the boundary line, always dropping branches, acorns and pigeon mess. This time something caught my eye. A couple of the large branches had … Continue reading

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The Mullein Moth Caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci)

I have never seen any of these before. In all my times in pruning and clearing Buddleja out of customers gardens, I have never encountered any of these. Called the Mullein Moth Caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci). The name verbasci gives a … Continue reading

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Not enough Rain yet – May 2019

Is this the start of this years drought. Our clay soil is already cracking up. We have not had a wet or snowy winter, and so far not enough spring rain. Our water butts are nearly empty. We nearly had … Continue reading

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Fig – Persian Green – temporarily withdrawn for sale – due to Paypal

Fig – Persian Green – temporarily withdrawn for sale. Due to Paypal’s investigation into the sale of Iranian goods, and the downgrading of my Paypal account. I have had to withdraw this item for sale for the next 14 days. … Continue reading

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The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada – 7 volumes

After 2 years being on the waiting list, I finally got my copy of the following set of books. A set of 7 volumes, each 500-600 pages. The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada by Daniel … Continue reading

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Very very Rare – Hmong Red Cucumber

‘Hmong red’ is considered a heirloom cultivar. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus ‘Hmong red’. A very productive and tasty variety that stays mild even when large. Millions of the Hmong tribe live on the borders of Thailand, China, Burma, … Continue reading

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Replacing Floor of an Ifor Williams GD84 trailer

The time has finally arrived, and its always at the most critical time. Whilst transport a heavy duty rough mower, the bottom fell out of my trailer. I knew it was a bit bouncy, but I thought it would last … Continue reading

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