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Blackberry disease

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 19:40

Some photos attached of my blackberry canes which have taken a turn for the worse...

It's been looking pretty healthy - it's shot out some massive canes for next year which look green and vigorous. But several of the branches on this year's canes have gone brown and brittle, with leaves a mottled yellow/brown.

Away from the main crown, another cluster of new canes is coming through - about a foot away - but these new canes have also got yellow / browning. Tempted to pull all of those up. Being further from the main plant maybe they wouldn't be as healthy?

So any tips / thoughts? I assume it's some kind of fungus and I can't imagine treating it with anything (unless organic) would be a great idea. I've cleared out a lot of diseased lower branches so I'm hoping air will circulate a bit better.


Too late to treat codling moth?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 20:40

Thanks. I'm still getting a bit confused by all the various sprays (oils, pyrethrum) as they all seem to suggest not spraying now. So maybe it is as you say a question of spraying in early summer? Certainly after the flowers have gone if using pyrethrum because of harming bees - along the poster above says about spraying at night...

The name of 'winter' tree wash does seem to indicate I'm too late - the oil can harm young buds? - and then as I say nematodes say spray Sept/Oct. 

I actually think I'd prefer the idea of nematodes and am half inclined to try them anyway now  Maybe they don't kill the eggs though?

Will have another round of Google too but any further thoughts gratefully accepted!

Too late to treat codling moth?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 12:36

V helpful thank you. Could you recommend a horticultural soap?

Too late to treat codling moth?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 11:40

Our new house has an apple tree that last Autumn was ravaged by maggots. I've been slow to get the garden sorted out and, even though I put a grease band on it in the winter, it looks like Sept/Oct was the time to spray nematodes (would rather go organic).

Equally, looking at these winter tree washes, I think it's too late to use those now and, with flowers on the way, pyrethrin/organic spray doesn't sound a great idea for bees either.

So, although I've looked on the RHS website, I'm not clear on what options I've got now to treat the tree? I wonder why spraying nematodes now wouldn't work, but the instructions specifically only mark Sept/Oct as the time to apply them.

I know there are loads of threads on codling moth but couldn't find anything that addresses your options at this time of year... thank you!

What is this mass of bulbs?!

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 10:56

Thanks both and you're dead right, it's nerines now I've googled what the flowers look like! They were there when we moved in but I'd forgotten. Glad I didn't dig them up... Much appreciated. 

You don't think I should divide them at all?

What is this mass of bulbs?!

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 10:35

We recently bought our house and I've been clearing out a bed which was pretty invaded with onion weed. I've been trying to get rid of those bulbs while keeping daffodils etc which hasn't been easy. 

Anyway, I've come across three masses of bulbs like the one pictured in the photo. What on earth is it?! I could just find out obviously... but grateful if anyone has any ideas!

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 10:51

brill thanks. I would normally search before posting but the way they've redesigned the bloomin' mobile site means there's no search function!

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:25

The Contech one I think. Yes, I had been looking at that. Thank you. Grateful if anyone's got first hand experience of it...

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:06

I've tried most things to keep animals out of my raised beds (netting, ultrasonic scarer, plants they dont like, blocking holes in fences, putting spiky things in soil etc) but I found foxes still attack the mesh netting for fun and dig plants up, while cats poo on top of the mesh. Lovely. 

A month ago, I bought a PestBye water scarer that attaches to your hose and I have to say that worked brilliantly and made a massive difference immediately. I even had the satisfaction once of watching it see off the neighbour's cat!

However, I had seen from some of the reviews that the quality of the item wasn't great and sure enough it's leaking already so I'm sending it back. I've been looking at alternatives although none of them sound immune from leaks. But I reckon this kind of deterrent is definitely the best  

Would anyone rate any other make?

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:03

Brilliant. Ok I shall just cut the canes back in Feb and will hope for the best! 

They definitely don't seem to get on with the particularly heavy clay this garden has - I'm still getting to grips with it! - but i've been putting soil soil conditioner etc down and hopefully as you say they'll "fill in". 

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