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Planting gooseberry bush in a wire netting basket to protect against root damage by voles

Gooseberry bush planted in a wire netting basket to protect against root damage by voles

The subject of voles and the damage that they can cause to fruit trees and bushes has arisen from time to time on the blog. Voles will gnaw away at the roots and can kill a tree.  I recently planted some gooseberries and not wanting to have problems with moles and voles I planted them in chicken wire baskets to deter both. Where moles go voles and mice are sure to follow; they all use the same tunnels. During the winter I trapped seven voles and two mice using a mole run in the greenhouse; the strawberries were disappearing just as they were nearly ripe. Has anyone else had problems with voles this year?

Adrian Baggaley

2017-mid-feb-010Basket filled with soil; wire netting will be buried under final layer of soil

Photographs kindly supplied by Adrian Baggaley

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I am writing from Brazil and wondering where could I get some seedlings of Pomegranate Parfianka. Could anybody help-me?

Marcelo Goulart

(According to US Nursery Edible Landscaping, this was originally imported from Turkmenistan, produces large fruits and is considered very well flavoured when grown in California. Fruit Forum).

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Fuji apple growing in southern California; recommended by Kevin Hauser for growing in a warm climate

Fuji apple growing in southern California; recommended for growing in a warm climate by Kevin Hauser, who kindly supplied the picture.

I wish to grow apples, but my question is: is it possible to grow them in Tanzania?. And what are the procedures to grow apples? And what kind of seed is growing in Tanzania. Where can I get it and how much?

Hassan Nahoda

For more information on growing apples in a warm climate see our main website for an article by Kevin Hauser: http://www.fruitforum.net/apples-in-a-warm-climate.htm and also visit his own website: http://www.kuffelcreek.com/applenursery.htm

Kevin Hauser has nurseries in California and Uganda: Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery, Southern California, USA; Nakifuma, Uganda, East Africa.

Apple trees growng in Kampala (see comment by Kevin Hauser below).

Apple trees growing near Kampala, Uganda (see comment by Kevin Hauser below).

Planting apple trees in Congo

Apple trees growing in Congo (see Hauser comment below)

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Russian medlar

Russian Medlar has larger fruit than most varieties

At the risk of sounding crazy, last year our medlar tree gave enough fruit to make 10 jars of medlar jelly. Great. This year there are some dead medlars on the tree but there are 3 quinces. We cannot work out what is going on?

Maria Butterworth

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Invicta gooseberry grafted onto Jostaberry stock on 29 January 2016; thanks to a mild winter it has grown away in the greenhouse and was tip pruned last month to induce bushy growth. 

Because of the extreme vigour of the Jostaberry, I have used it to bud-graft gooseberries on to as standards. So far I’ve managed the gooseberries Captivator and Invicta grown on as standards.
Jostaberry, like the equally vigorous Ribes aureum, will manage four or five foot stems for standards from cuttings taken in early spring and grown on through summer outside and following winter in greenhouse to bud graft in March.
It suckers far less than Ribes aureum which is usual root-stock for grafted gooseberries. Has anyone else tried this?

Phillip Lunt

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Discovery applesDiscovery apple

The random thought popped into my head today that apples seem to be the most ubiquitous fruit, and that anecdotes about other fruit are always compared to apples. Pomegranates are ‘Chinese apples’, peaches are ‘Persian apples’, etc.

Just how did apples become so ubiquitous?

Walter Jones

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Limelight apple growing on M27 roostock

Limelight apple growing on M27 rootstock

I read the article  – ‘Little Apples Trees – grafted on M27’ by Adrian Baggaley on your main website. I would like to know more about M27. What is this M27 and where could I buy it? I garden in Malaysia.

Mokhtar Mohammad

Picture courtesy of Adrian Baggaley

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