THERE is a well-worn and ancient joke that goes ‘What’s even worse than biting into an apple and discovering a maggot?’
The answer, of course, is ‘Half a maggot’, and early autumn is the time to be taking steps to ensure that fate doesn’t befall you next summer.
I found a little pink grub surrounded by lots of mess, or frass, in a greengage that I mercifully cut in half before eating.
This was a larvae of a plum moth and these are prevented in May by setting pheromone traps around your trees.
But there are several other moths, including the winter, burnt umber and March moth, that lay their eggs between November and May. The wingless females crawl up the trunks to lay their eggs on the branches, and the caterpillars emerge in spring.
These voracious grubs attack apple, plum, pear and cherry trees, chewing leaves, blossom and fruits and severely damaging and weakening trees.
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Toby decides which plants to ‘tuck up’ for winter so they are primed for growth in spring next year
Mists and mellow Fruitfulness
The late-November garden has so much to offer and can be made to reflect the gentle observations of the great poet John Keats, says Anne Swithinbank
Playing it cool
Peter considers the effect that cool rooms have on plants
Val looks at how climate change may affect toad numbers
Create impressive borders by using hard-working plants that flower over a long period, have striking foliage or perform in more than one season, says Hazel Sillver
A plantsman's choice
G.R. Kingsbourn reveals some of his favourite plants from the 1950s
Be careful what you wish for!
Val explains how her new cat is just a part-time visitor
My climber didn't flower
Q I have been waiting patiently for my cup and saucer vine to flower. The seeds were sown in April and plants grew well to about 3ft (90cm), but so far no buds. Should I give up now?
There’s a surprising number of fragrant flowering shrubs that you can plant now to cheer up your late-autumn gardens, says Graham Rice, as he reveals his favourites
Grow the best garlic
A culinary staple with health-giving and flavour-enhancing benefits, garlic is easy to grow if you plant the right varieties at the optimum time, says Camilla Phelps
Health The growing influence of Apple on healthcare
In a 2019 interview with Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “If you zoomed out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’” After a short pause, he answered his own question: “It will be about health.” Two years on, his vision is already becoming a reality for the company.
THE BEST PRODUCTS OF 2021
You need only one list this holiday season when you’re buying tech gifts. Here’s PCMag’s annual collection of the 101 most exceptional products tested and rated by our experts in the past year.
Beats Fit Pro: Solid ANC
A bass-heavy alternative to the AirPods Pro
ITALIAN COMPETITION WATCHDOG FINES APPLE, AMAZON $225M
Italy’s antitrust watchdog has fined Apple and Amazon a total of more than 200 million euros ($225 million) for cooperating to restrict competition in the sale of Apple and Beats branded products in violation of European Union rules.
APPLE SUING ISRAELI HACKER-FOR-HIRE COMPANY NSO GROUP
Apple announced it is suing Israel’s NSO Group, seeking to block the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company from breaking into Apple’s products, like the iPhone.
Do It Yourself
Apple opens a new era for device repairs
DID SHERIFF RAILROAD SEX CREEP CUOMO?
Prosecutor bares potential defects in criminal case
Pivot: Scott Galloway
Super-Apps Are Inevitable Get ready for the first $10 trillion tech company.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP