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Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 18:14

I wonder if I need to start again on the raspberry front next year 

Alas this is basically what the Polkas have done. The weeds have done better! Two of the plants didn't shoot at all and the rest had some growth which has basically died. I'd think that I'd got a bad batch from the garden centre but the Joan J I transplanted from my previous garden aren't doing brilliantly either. They seem to have stalled with a small amount of growth rather than dying though.

I have fertilised and used soil improver but maybe too late. I have read about how raspberries don't like clay so maybe that's that? What i could do next year is grow peas / beans here (have heard they're OK in clay) and get some new canes to put in one of my new raised bed boxes - which have loads of new, light soil in them.

Foxes & cabbages?!

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 11:20

Ah good tip! Thank you!

Foxes & cabbages?!

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 09:34

It sounds like a Brothers Grimm fairytale but I'm having massive problems with urban foxes in my vegetable garden. And - with unerring regularity - it's the cabbages they go after!

I've got everything in raised beds, covered with green hoops and veggiemesh which has done a fantastic job of keeping out cabbage butterflies, carrot and beet fly - even slugs and snails struggle to get through. 

First year I've gone to that effort but now foxes seem to be the one pest I hadn't factored in. From what I can tell, they don't seem to be doing much more than jumping (!) on the tunnels and rolling around. It's happened a few times already and I've been able to rescue the cabbages by pruning broken leaves but last night the cabbages were ravaged again. One of the hoops is bent and some of the clips are chewed.. Yuck  

Any tips though? I've seen everything suggested from air pistols to tiger urine - or even human urine... I can't stop them getting into the garden as they can get over the fences. I could try chicken wire I guess.

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 13:27

Thanks both...

Fidgetbones, yes the Polkas in particular look odd to me and the purpling/brown seems to take up more of the leaves. To be honest, I don't really see how those leaves will recover. In the top pic (the Joan J), though, you can see that the same colour appears to be there, it's just it's more in the veins of the top leaves rather than taking them over.

Verdun, I think I'll do what you suggest. It's a heavier clay soil than I've seen in other gardens. Roses appear to have done well, which may be another clue.

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:00

This is the Joan J from my previous garden - you can just about see the older growth below is nice and green, the newer stuff, since being planted out into this bed, is slightly purple/red, although this cane looks healthy overall:



The new Polka canes I bought:





Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:25
Thank you! Will post some photos when can get near a PC - pain can't do from your phone on this forum?

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:02
A few weeks ago, I planted two sets of autumn raspberry canes. I had some Joan J in a pot, already shooting, from my old garden (moved last year) and bought some Polka from a garden centre too (some already had green shoots). The shoots on the canes are all at different stages and the ones with more growth look healthy - but they all seem to be getting new leaves tinged with brown/red at the tip. The canes with smaller shoots look less healthy - some of the smallest leaves are curling up and are shrivelled grey and most of the leaves have at least brown tips. I don't think it was that the new Polka canes I bought are dodgy, given exactly the same thing is happening to the Joan J I already have - which previously had nice young green leaves. So I'm presuming it's something in the soil. I read something about potassium deficiency so have poured a can with dissolved miracle gro fertiliser around the canes. I did notice the soil was a fairly heavy clay, although I dug in some compost when I put them in. If it's a nutrient deficiency, hopefully fertiliser will do the trick. However, I'm now getting paranoid about whether it's a soil borne virus? We only moved here last year and there were some wild blackberries (pretty unhealthy - tiny translucent worms in the fruit, mottled brown leaves / stems) which I dug out and there were elsewhere in the garden. But could something have lived on? Any tips / thoughts greatly appreciated!

Greenhouse advice

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 16:13

Ok thanks guys. Actually someone v helpful from Greenhousepeople got back to me just now and said there's lots of conflicting info out there... He said some manufacturers say it's fine to fix into the soil but, as you guys are saying, he advised against.

He didn't think digging down too far and filling with hardcore was necessary though and that paving stones laid over a few inches of sand/cement on top of the soil would do.

I think that's probably the route I'll go down...

Greenhouse advice

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 15:21

I'm looking to buy a 6 x 8 greenhouse but I'm getting confused about how best to stablise it and whether I definitely need concrete. I've identified an area in the corner of my garden, which I'm currently clearing and levelling so it'll be just compacted soil.

I've been looking at greenhouses Greenhousepeople are selling and they seem to come with galvanised bases, which it says include soil anchors. But I've read quite a lot of contrasting info on whether one of these bases on soil is stable enough, or whether ideally I need to dig down a couple of feet, fill with hardcore, put down slabs and then fix the galvanised base into them.

Soil anchors seem a lot simpler / quicker - but how risky would this be?

Thanks all!

Lemon tree

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 09:34
I'll try and post a pic later. I've had it two years I think and it was a strange stubby thing when I got it. To be honest, it's not much different now - apart from various thin, green 'branches' which in fairness have fruited.

I wonder if the issue is that it has two main branches / trunks? The lower one was there when I was given it but that's become the stronger - or at least has grown / fruited more. But I wonder whether it is in fact a sucker and I'll be better off longer term lopping it off.

Definitely going to get advice from here before I do that though as it seems a rather drastic move!
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