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Can't identify Blackcurrant bush disease

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:36

It's difficult to see from the photo's but I suspect it is woolly scale insects (Pulvinaria vitis.)  The white waxy blobs are created by the female to protect her eggs.  Most insecticides are ineffective against the waxy coating and it's inadvisable to use those on edible fruit bushes anyway so my advice would be to rub them off with your fingers, squashing the female and her eggs in the process.  A small stiff brush may help.  You could also try a winter tree wash around Christmas time.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:08

Thanks for the vote of confidence zoomer  but I'm pretty sure Ann was referring to this clip in the projects section of the website and I just (roughly) transcribed what Monty Don said:

Help with planning my garden

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:47

Hi Patsy, check that you haven't accidentally 'ignored' Fairygirl as it's very easy to do.  Go to 'My settings' (at the top right of the page) then to 'Forum settings' and then look in the 'Members I am ignoring' box.  If Fairygirl is in there click the red 'x remove' and things will be fixed.

Onion Squash

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 23:14

Yes, cook it like a butternut - they are delicious!

Growing On Shallots & Garlic

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:53

I grew shallots this year from bulbs harvested last year.  The plants grew just as well as the original 'seed' shallots.  However, I will be buying new bulbs for next year as I want to try a different variety.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:46

Hi Ann, A quick precis of what Monty says in that clip:

  • Quarter-fill an old compost bag (bin liners usually aren't stong enough) with good quality compost.  Roll the sides of the bag down to suit.
  • Plant 3 seed potatoes (chitted for main crop types but no need to chit early types) and just cover them with enough compost so they are in the dark.  3 is enough and you won't get a larger crop by planting more.
  • Water them, ensuring there are drainage holes in the bag, poke a knife in a few times to make them.
  • As the green foliage appears, add more compost to completely bury it and unroll the bag as you go. Keep doing the same every couple of weeks or so until the bag is full.  Water them regularly.
  • After about 90 days they will be ready to harvest.

From me: Main crop types will take a bit longer - about another month.

Onion Squash

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:00

They will be ready when the skin goes really hard and I suspect will turn from yellow to a more orange colour.  When you cut the ripe ones off, put them on a sunny windowsill for a couple more weeks to ripen them fully.  They should keep growing until the first frost but do harvest them as soon as you hear a frost is due as they won't keep once frosted.  As long as you do that they can keep for months.

Laugh at my carrots

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:56

Carrots and parsnips don't transplant well katvet.  You really need to sow the seeds where they will grow - do that next year and you will get nice straight ones.

Unknown edible in garden what is it??

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:46

I've grown them in 73 litre mixing tubs from wickes with holes drilled in the bottom and filled with 50/50 farmyard manure and compost, Jo.  They did well but you do need to keep up with the watering - all that leaf area really sucks it up!

Blossom Trees

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 13:32

Not sure about the fastest growing (I normally avoid anything labelled that way as they often get out of hand too easily) but if you like weeping trees, a weeping cherry might fit the bill.  Those can be bought as 3 year old pot-grown ones which are about 6-7ft tall for about £40.  Bare-root trees are much cheaper but will not be available until the dormant season (about November to early March.)  If you go to specialist suppliers (who supply garden shows like Chelsea) you can actually buy almost any tree at any size but they do not come cheap and are difficult to plant, usually requiring machinery, eg:




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