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Victoria plums

We had to move two established plum trees due to an extension going up at our new property. We carefully removed them and situated them in a new location not to far from the original spot during last winter. Both of them had blossom and new leaf in spring. However, one is doing very well with lots on new leaf growth and fruit, the other has very few leaves but masses of new fruit. We are concerned that all its efforts are being put into fruiting and may kill the tree. Can we strip all or some of the small olive size plums off to help the tree regain its strength, and also what liquid feed would be best? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Anthony Lopez-Rodriguez

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Saskatoon fruit clusters

I bought three Saskatoon three years ago. However, only one has flowered and produced fruit. They are all grown in the same conditions. Any ideas why?

Laine Greenland

A few years ago we published an article on our main website about the Saskatoon by John Stoa and his success in growing this fruit in Scotland. Saskatoons are a commercial crop in Canada and the US.

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Keswick Codlin, an early cooking apple variety that arose in North West England

I am a farmer in the south Pennines (I have recently taken over the farm from my now retired parents) and am looking to plant some more apple and pear varieties best suited to our climate. I’m hoping to plant around 15 – 20 trees in 2018 and look forward to using this resource to research what varieties to get. If there is anyone reading this based in the North West who has the time to offer advice to someone such as myself please do feel free to get in touch. Our farm website has our contact details on: www.cronkshawfoldfarm.co.uk.

Dorothy McCarthy

And please post your suggestions and comments below and we will pass them on.

We asked Hilary Wilson to give us some suggestions which are posted below – Comment number 3. Hilary  is a great authority on the apples  of the North West and has spent many years identifying and searching for varieties that do well in her native Cumbria, where she also farmed.

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Can anyone help me find this rare apple variety, grown in the West Country during WWII, the fruit is the size of a large grapefruit and yellowish in colour. By all accounts the most delicious variety ever. Any ideas?

John Denham

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I am trying to identify a pear tree that we had many years ago in Berkshire. It was tall, old and produced knobbly little pears that were hard! But they were fabulous to eat once they had been bottled in syrup!
This was about 30 years ago. I would love to plant another if possible?

Jenny Tarrant

A possibility might be Hessle which was once planted all over Britain, in domestic gardens, market gardens and orchards.

Hessle pear

For more ideas on which variety it might be look here for photographs of some 450 pears, most of which have been grown in the UK at one time or another and now grow in the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale, Kent; also described in detail in  The Book of Pears.

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Victoria plum in flower in the National Fruit Collection, Kent, on 28 March 2017

 

My standard Victoria plum has flowered first this year and is in full flower today the 28th March a whole month earlier than last year! I live in the Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire, north east Wales.
The Opal, Jubileum, Denbigh plum and Ontario are all close to opening, Marjorie’s Seedling is about a fortnight off flowering.

Philip Lunt

Victoria plum in flower, though not full flower, at the National Fruit Collection Brogdale (above). Dates of flowering for Victoria plum last year were: 10% of flowers 10 April; full flower 14 April; so about two weeks in advance this year in Kent: see here

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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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