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Spotty Apples

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 17:43

As a fungicide I have used Copper sulphate in the past, but not sure if you can still buy it. Other folks have used Rose clear, but that is not cleared for use on edible crops. I would think that if you used it before the fruit set it should do no harm, but don't quote me on that. I do not spray any of our fruit with anything except a Winter Wash in December.

Pheasant damage

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 17:37

We are surrounded by feeding stations for the local landowner's pheasants. The birds spend a lot of time in our garden and actually do a fair amount of damage. They eat the brassicas and dust bathe in various places.

I am just wondering what would happen if our cats decided that they fancy raw pheasant meat.

We cannot shoot the birds as the Big House retained Shooting rights over our land when the property was sold off.

Did complain to the previous gamekeeper who then provided us with a few meals of pheasant, but the present incumbent is not as forthcoming.

Last edited: 11 August 2017 17:38:22

Spotty Apples

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 16:01

Mild attack of Scab. Not much you can do about it, but the apples are still edible when peeled. Braeburn is rather susceptible to it. You can see it on the leaves too. Next year try spraying before the fruit is ready with a fungicide.

A new snake in the UK!!!

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 17:42

Wish we had them here.

Allium info please!

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 15:24

Those are actually seed pods. They will split open in a while to reveal little black seed.

Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.

Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.

Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).

Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.

When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damaged, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.

Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.

Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.

I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.

Cannot think of anything else for the moment.

Not as hard as it seems. Takes about 2 to 3 years to reach flowering size. The bigger the Allium the longer it takes.

Identify this fruit

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 12:21

check out Mirabelle plums.

Plant Identification Please

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 20:39

No sure about the yellow one, but the red berries are the fruit of one of the Arums, possibly maculatum, but if it had variegated leaves then A. italicum.

First one could be Solidago as suggested.

Last edited: 04 August 2017 20:44:17

Are these edible ?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 16:28

Commonly known as an Oak Apple because when they first appear they are often bright red like an apple. They are the Oaks response to an attack by a Gall Wasp. Not edible, but were once used to make ink.

Diseased honeysuckle

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 16:56

Almost certainly one of the Black spot fungus which affect almost every plant there is, Sometimes along with mildew a sign of the plant being too dry at the roots. If it is newly planted then the roots may not have managed to leave the original compost yet. Try watering  to begin with. The problem is unsightly more than deadly though.

Damson plum

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 13:16

Not a lot. Brown rot on Damsons is fairly common. You need to remove all the affected fruit, even that which falls to the ground or stays on the tree over winter. Helps if the tree is pruned to allow free passage of air through the branches.

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