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30/08/2008 at 20:06

How about sending small children up? Someone else's for preference.

Not PC? Oh well, it was only an idea.

30/08/2008 at 20:11

A less silly suggestion - is the tree robust enough to be roped near the top & pulled to one side so someone up a step-ladder could get to the fruit?

 A question from me now. We're in the same boat as others , we've got quite a lot of green tomatos, but we're getting them munched by pesky catapillars, so losoing them quickly - is there a simle fix for the catapillars?

30/08/2008 at 22:32

Can't  offer any advice but loved reading all this.  Grew toms this year for the 1st time for my 3 year old daughter to understand about growing things as opposed to buying them.  Started them late and  from seed, today have just seen the first 2 fruits.  Hannah is so made up.  May cheat next year and buy established plants and try seeds when I'm more competent.

Off to get spring bulbs tomorrow to fill her own tubs and use her gardening tools she got for her recent birthday. 

Blisters    pirate
30/08/2008 at 22:36

Two options. I'd spray the little bast5678ds and then leave the plant for a week without picking the fruit. Obviously it'll need plenty of washing even then. But I'm not 100% organic.

Or you could pick them off individually and crunch them sadistically under your size 10s.

Do you know what species of bug they are? It's unusual to get caterpillar damage to tommies.

30/08/2008 at 23:23

Hi Blisters - thanks. We picked off what bugs we could find and did the sadistic bit. Didn't identify them, but there were two sorts, bright green & dull brown - doesn't exactly pin it down does it?
Also spotted damage by woodlice and a very small flies on the fruit (although that could have been previous damage)

We've avoided spraying so far and it's only the Shirley's that have been munched  - the Pomodoro seem OK

01/09/2008 at 08:04

JB - Re Your apple problem I have a couple of gadgets that will do the trick.

One is a modern telescopic pole with a cloth bag on the end that has teeth all round the opening of the bag.

The other is the more traditional method I great big long wooden golf club driver type thing called a pancker,for giving them a good whack!

Blisters    pirate
01/09/2008 at 21:37

What's the matter with risking life and limb by climbing it in the traditional fashion?

Live a little die a little.

01/09/2008 at 22:24
For a pound of apples- no ta. Will seek out telescopic thingy.
02/09/2008 at 08:01
Lidl £3.99 about this time last year JB.
02/09/2008 at 10:37

Ahh...homegrown apples.  Lovely.  I absolutely love climbing trees (or at least I did as a kid) so i wouldn't mind fetching them - telescopic thingie's probably safer though!

That'll be my garden project once the veg-growing routine is fully established - sort out the dishevelled bit at the bottom of our garden and turn it into a fruit patch, with a few berry bushes and a number of trained apple trees.

My husband's boss at work has brought in loads of apples to the office from his own trees (both eating and cooking apples), so hubby's going to bring home as many as he can - homemade apple crumble time!

Edited: 02/09/2008 at 10:43
02/09/2008 at 11:05

They are  wasted in pie LP.

All mine make lovely Cider.

I have 3 huge established trees & 2 that I planted last year.

I am going to sacrifice the two largest  once I have had all of this seasons crop as they are definitely restricting the light to my garden.

09/03/2009 at 15:37

Spuds  should be going any time now.

Start them in seed trays.

Blisters    pirate
10/03/2009 at 23:15

Potatoes

This is my first attempt at them. we have got a dozen seed potato tubers of International Kidney (aka Jersey Royal) and placed them on the window ledge in egg boxes to grow chits. They came with short purple sproutlets on them, but nothing seems to be happening. I WANT ACTION! Dear Mr Titchmarsh, am I doing anything wrong?

11/03/2009 at 06:40
haileunlikely wrote (see)

i also want to grow some lettuce, spring onions, carrots, beetroot, cabbage, french beans and some toms , should i be sowing these directly into the soil now or starting them off in seed trays?

ta


I'd put the spring onions, carrots and beetroot in the ground, the rest in trays somewhere frost free.  The toms especially might need a bit of heat to germinate and shouldn't be planted out until after the danger of frost has passed.

It might be a bit early for french beans, they're not frost hardy at all, and they'd be a bit leggy by the time you're able to plant them out unless you've got a polytunnel or something.

Blisters.....jersey royals......yum  I don't know why I never think of growing them, I suppose it's because I always think that spuds should go in the ground on Easter weekend, which is daft considerig Easter moves by at least four or five weeks each year

Edited: 11/03/2009 at 06:43
11/03/2009 at 08:15
Ours are all going to be in late agan this year. Depending on how Mr K is, he could  be attacking the allotment in the first week of the kids Easter Hols.
Nicko. Hdau    pirate
11/03/2009 at 17:21
Blisters wrote (see)

Potatoes

This is my first attempt at them. we have got a dozen seed potato tubers of International Kidney (aka Jersey Royal) and placed them on the window ledge in egg boxes to grow chits. They came with short purple sproutlets on them, but nothing seems to be happening. I WANT ACTION! Dear Mr Titchmarsh, am I doing anything wrong?


Seed pots should be in the dark

Yours

Mr Titchmarsh.

Blisters    pirate
12/03/2009 at 23:04

Really?

I suppose that there are two options.

Blisters    pirate
12/03/2009 at 23:08

BBC advice

Unwins advice

It seems like 7 degrees and plenty of light is called for. If no action, then a bit of warmth for a week.

Blisters    pirate
15/03/2009 at 23:33
Impatiently waiting
16/03/2009 at 09:38
There was a test on Gardeners' World a couple of years back where they just planted the spuds straight away and didn't bother with chitting.  The non-chitted ones didn't do too badly, so you could just shove half of them in the ground, and then see what happens with the rest?
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