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Small marks and bumps on plum fruits

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:41

Anyone know what is causing the problem shown in the two pics below on plums? It appears on the sun-facing side only.


Small clear resin-like drop on plum fruits

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 22:49

Ahhh, i saw this resin stuff on my cherry, now i know what it is


What is it then!?

Small clear resin-like drop on plum fruits

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:40

My plum tree fruits have small, clear, resin-like drops on them, any idea what could be causing this? See picture below.




Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:10

I sowed my pea seeds yesterday indoors. As soon as they get 10cm tall they will go outside (after a week of hardenning off). I trust nothing nowadays to the munching, crunching teeth of slugs.

Parsley help

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:06

Grow from seed is my advice, I've got eight plants outside the front door right now. One key point with parsley is that they love a deep root run, important if you are growing them in pots. 30cm deep is not too deep at all.

Strawberry & raspberry plants

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 08:32

Last year I grew a couple of autumn fruiting raspberries in a 35cm pot and about the same depth as yours. They were transplants from open ground and put in the pots in February. I got a smallish but not insignificant crop from them. They are still in the pot now and you have reminded me to take a look at how they are doing!

You might get a small crop if they are autumn fruiting but get them in asap.

Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:36

My raised bed is full of multi-purpose and nothing else more complicated. The base is on grass layered with thick layers of old newspaper which must have rotted a couple of years ago. Remember, raised beds or the ground, soil is just a medium in which to grow plants. Feed regularly with a long-lasting fertiliser and you will be fine. Don't get too complicated, especially at first. And I agree with all that Busy Bee2 above says, good advice.

Onions and beetroot also do well in my raised bed as does garlic.

Apple trees & Veg Combo?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:31

Lettuce, onions and low growing herbs will be fine, just keep them about 70cm from the main apple tree stems. You may need to feed slightly more but a couple of handfuls of blood, fish and bone per sq meter every month will do the trick. 

You say the apple trees are new so the roots wont have spread yet.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:27

I'm not sure there is any difference in spacing between 1st and 2nd earlies so I wouldn't worry about that. And the 1st earlies should be ready before the 2nd earlies that's all ther is to it. You may even find that they come up with two distinct flower colours although some have very insignificant flowers.

Treat all as "one and a half" earlies and you won't be far out!

Why should I rotate my indoor herbs?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 22:31

It's not good because it's not natural. Many herbs, especially basil, do best in full sun and in nature they will receive sun from most angles. Growing it with sun from just one angle will cause the plant to grow more horizontally rather than it's natural vertical position. Horizontal growth will reduce the yield and leave the side unexposed to sunlight more open to fungal and other other diseases. A bit like restricting the blood supply to one of your legs - not good!

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