BobTheGardener


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Pear rust - huge tree affected

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:35

The spores are produced when the knobbly pustules are produced underneath the orange spots.  One reason for removing leaves which show rust spots is to prevent the spore producing organs from forming, lessening the amount of spores produced to go on and infect junipers.  For that reason I would still recommend removing affected leaves as soon as you see them.  However, if that means removing most of the leaves from the tree I agree it may do more harm than good.  I have had some success in cutting the affected part of each leaf away with scissors on young trees so as much leaf area as possible is preserved.  Of course, if the spot is near the base of the leaf then the whole leaf is removed.


In the case of large trees, all you can really do is sweep up and burn fallen leaves.

Cyclamen

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:02

Hi B3, depends on what size pots they came in.  I find that they do fine as houseplants in 5"/6" (13/15cm) pots for several years.  The compost needs refreshing when they come out of dormancy.


Sarah Raven has some good tips on how to nurture them:


https://www.sarahraven.com/articles/indoor_cyclamen.htm

Last edited: 28 September 2016 13:03:16

Tree fungus identification

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:35

Do keep an eye on the tree though.  As Nutcutlet says, bracket fungi growing from the trunk means that the heartwood of the tree is rotting and this will weaken it, eventually to a point where the wind could bring it down.  However, from the photo it does look like a large root has been severed in the past and it could just be that dead root which is producing the fungi.

Planting blueberry bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:28

Snap, Verdun!

Planting blueberry bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:27

Hi Richard, have you tested the pH of the soil in your new garden?  Blueberries must have acid soil (pH 4.5 to 5.5) to do well.  If it is higher than that you would be better of keeping them in containers or making raised beds filled with ericaceous compost.  They will likely die if planted into alkaline soil (ie pH greater than 7.)

Last edited: 28 September 2016 12:28:24

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 15:57

Grey and dull in Leics but no rain so chopped down a huge stand of Kerria japonica to give me room to fix the fence behind it.  Nothing else will grow there so will let it grow back to brighten that dark corner.

Planting tree close to house

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 15:24

Olives are slow growing so I wouldn't expect root problems but they do grow very well in containers, especially in the microclimate of London where deep frosts are pretty much unheard of in recent decades.

Flower bed

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 15:18

Changing the pH of your ground will always be a temporary measure and it will revert to its natural pH over time.  However, most things will grow fine in neutral soil, even many acid-loving plants.  In my opinion it is much better to buy plants which suit your conditions rather than trying to artificially change those conditions.

What is this tree?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 14:57

Did you take the photo recently or earlier in the year, Devonian?

Woodlice

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 13:28

There are, apparently, about 40 species of woodlice in the UK so some are probably more damaging to soft vegetation than others:


www.nnns.org.uk/sites/nnns.org.uk/files/imce/user11/speciesguides/Woodlice.pdf


I remember that it was mentioned in a TV program that they were once used as food (supposed to taste like shrimp) so did a quick google and found this:


http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/practical-guides/cooking-and-eating-woodlice-pillbugs-a-real-bushcraft-experience/


Yummy?


It's one way of dealing with them though!

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