Latest posts by Berghill

Quince fruit tree problem?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 08:40

Try reducing the size of the picture to get it to load up.

Having said that it does sound like one of the Blackspot infections. Almost every plant has its own form of this. Some Quince (Cydonia cultivars) are more prone to it than others.

Not a lot one can do. Ours loses its leaves (collected up and burnt) in July most years and then grows a new set before normal leaf loss in autumn.

Poor fruiting this year for us was down to poor weather at flowering time, rather than the leaf spot.

If you could find a systemic fungicide, you could try that.

Plum tree bough split

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 21:11

See my question about Damsons,  except our tree fell over in two pieces.

We actually pick our Victoria plums when they are just turning pink. We find that they ripen in the house without any help from banana skins. We do this otherwise we lose most of the fruit to the birds and then wasps.

The danger from Silver leaf is, I think, a little exaggerated. If there are no trees with it in the vicinity then you are not likely to get it.

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 20:24

We take them to our local gardening group  and watch them fight over them. BUT that is not for another three weeks yet. Not to worry, the other half of the tree is still there and loaded as are the other dozen or so ones in the Damson Wood at the bottom of the garden and the half a dozen or so which make up part of our hedge.

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:17

We are talking hundred weights here and a 12 inch wide snapped off piece with dozens of branches coming from it.

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:10

Half of one of our Damson trees has snapped. The fruit is a good dark purple colour, but not yet fully ripe.

Question is, will they ripen off the tree or is this crop a goner?


Seeding from established (I think) allium

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 08:52

Easily done, but those are actually seed pods rather than seeds themselves.

What is this weed on the allotment?

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 08:50

If there are large leaves at the base of the stalks then they look remarkably like the flower heads of Dock. Deep rooted things which regrow from any bits left when digging them out.

Seeding from established (I think) allium

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 15:18

See here

Scroll down for Allium (and other bulbs ) sowing info.

Malformed parsnips?

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:31
BobTheGardener says:

I think you mean carrot on the left, parsnip on the right, Berghill.

See original post

 Whoops! Sorry the photo got turned  upside down somehow between my pc and the site. Not sure how that happened.

Carrot on the left, parsnip on the right.

Malformed parsnips?

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 11:31

Carrot or parsnip the answer is the same. Either the soil is very stony or as Dove says it is splitting caused by wet weather after drought. I cannot find any virus which would cause that.

Out of interest

Carrot on the right, parsnip on the left

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