Latest posts by bobloes

Transplanting Leeks

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 09:30

Growing leeks for the first time and the book told me to transplant when the plants are pencil size.  I was a little late but in so doing I am pretty sure I have introduce a significant amount of grit into the plants.  I assume transplanting enables a greater amount of the leek to remain white but is it necessary?  Thanks


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:42

Thanks very much.  I knew I had to let the leaves regain energy etc but not how long so that is very useful.  But even more so are the ideas about how/where else to plant them.  Bit of a lack of imagination so thanks again.


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:43

Hi All

Just received an order of allium bulbs from Parkers and got 100 crocus free.  I thought I would just plant them in the lawn so that after flowering I can just chop them with the first lawn cut.  Is that dumb or any other suggestions?  Thanks

Storing Potatoes

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:09

The books, and my experiences of older relatives, say that potatoes should be stored in a cool, frost free and dark area.  It is the darkness which bothers me.  When I leave my shop bought potatoes in a dark cupboard in the kitchen for a relatively short time they sprout.  Hence I am assuming that my winter storing potatoes would do the same if I had such a store.  Why would it be different?  Is it the temperature in the kitchen albeit with the insulation of a door?  If I stored the winter ones in a thick paper sack would that be acceptable?  Thanks

Pieris with brown edged leaves

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:02

As you were all so helpful I thought you might be interested in what has happened.  I lied - I did not move it into the shade - sorry.  However this picture does show that it appears to be recovering of it's own accord.  I got a second show of the red bracts (my word hope it is right) which replaced the browned leaves.  I promise it will go in the ground (lined or not) this winter.  Cheers.


Plum Tree Leaf Curl??

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:08

Thanks very much for the responses.  As a consequence I was able to find 'plum aphids' on the RHS website.  I live near the sea in Weymouth so frosts are not normally a concern.  I cannot find any aphids but there are definite signs that something small has been eating the leaves.  The RHS website suggests that there should be no effect on yield so I will have to wait and see and then take the action recommended over the winter.  Thanks again.

Pieris with brown edged leaves

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 10:56

Thanks both for your ideas.  I shall move it into shade forthwith.  I have been thinking about putting it in the ground for a couple of years but know that my soil is neutral hence was worried about how it would react.  Also have a problem with where to put it as it becomes quite large and my only spaces would be north facing.  Anyway thanks again.

Plum Tree Leaf Curl??

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:12

Hi All

I bought a limited growth plum tree about 4 years ago and last year for the first time it produced blossom but no fruit and the leaves started to curl and wither.  A new flush of leaves were then produced.  The same thing appears to be happening this year.  I have included some photos.  I believe it needs a prune but did not intend to do that until after fruiting this year.  Has anyone got an idea what is going on and how I deal with it?

Thanks  Bob




Pieris with brown edged leaves

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:06

I have a 8 year old pieris (not sure which flavour) which has been very happy with me until this year.  As you can see from the photos the new leaf growth is yellow (from the original beautiful scarlet) and over the last two weeks the leaves have started to brown from the tips.  I am pretty confident it has not dried out and I feed it as prescribed.  I believe the leaves have normally gone through a lighter period before darkening to green but I have never seen them this yellow.  Am I worrying over nothing or is this something else to turn me even greyer?  Thanks.




Prune a Pear Tree?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 13:44

Great feedback.  Thanks to all.  Apologies for putting this in TalkBack when I was trying to get it in Fruit and Veg.  See attached photo - I hope!!!


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