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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!

Lemon tree

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:11
Ok thanks. That is clearer than other sites I've seen.

Methinks I better put it outside and hope for the best. And I'll give it a prune...

Lemon tree

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 15:56
I got a lemon tree as a present a few years ago. So I don't know what variety it is but you can see it's been grafted. I've had some lemons off it and they were fine - normal, not Meyer ones. It's always looked pretty unhealthy, though. I've probably neglected it at times, have never been sure how to prune it and can never decide whether it should live inside or outside. I have got back into the habit of using winter/summer fertiliser weekly though. Obviously I keep it inside during winter but now the weather's nicer, should I take the plunge and leave it out? When I did that last summer, I shed lots of leaves and fruit so I brought it back in. From what I've read, though, some shedding is natural so maybe this time I need to do that and just hold my nerve if leaves and fruit start dropping? Also, I can't find any definitive advice on pruning. It's got two main stems / branches which both have fruit and flowers on. The top of one in particularly is pretty straggly so i wonder whether to lop it off to encourage some bushing out? At the moment, it's a pretty odd looking thing...

bean seed germinating

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 15:47
Think I may now have a lot of beans... The ones I planted directly into the soil are starting to come through as well suddenly. One month after sowing which is really odd.

Strange as it's a raised bed and I live in central London so can't think it was that the soil was too cool.

The ones outside don't look great though. Pretty straggly and struggling to shed the seed cap. I might I guess replace them from the ones I have in pots inside.

bean seed germinating

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 10:46
Hi Reg. So thank you, I did the kitchen paper towel thing on Thursday and most of the bean seeds have sprouted already! Do I let them know grow more now or should I quickly get them into pots / modules? Best to do that before getting them in the ground or could they go straight in?

bean seed germinating

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 12:13

Ok, I'll definitely try this later... What do you think the timeframe for germination to harvest is likely to be?

bean seed germinating

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 23:18
Cobra French Beans from T&M. Might just try the kitchen paper thing as have plenty left. Probably moving house in two months' time though so had wanted a harvest before then!! Probably too late now?

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