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Why do perennials die?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:50

Many perennials are short lived - geums and many salvias among them.  Neither live for more than about 5 years on my clay soil. 

Little Black Beetles

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:47

Likely pollen beetles which are harmless but annoying.  They only eat pollen, so if you have damage to the lilies, look elsewhere for the culprit, which will very likely be red lily beetle larvae.

Pollen beetles:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=799

Lily beetle larvae:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/advice/pests_and_diseases/identifier.shtml?scarlet_lily_beetle

 

 

 

Sick Rose

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:38

I'd agree with Sue.  The lichen is merely an indicator of their age and is not harmful in any way.  It does show you have excellent air quality though.

tomatoes

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:43

I have about 30 plants, some in an unheated glass GH and some in a polytunnel and all are looking very healthy and have unripe fruit, but they're all a bit behind due to a few late cold snaps while they were young, despite them being started about a month earlier than I usually do.  There's a lot to be said for waiting a bit longer before sowing tomatoes, even if you do have a propagator, unless you have a heated greenhouse or conservatory etc to keep them in while they are young.

leaf curl on fruit tree

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:30

If they have gone I wouldn't bother removing the distorted leaves as they aren't diseased as such, just distorted and will still be supplying goodness to the fruit.  Do think about using an organic winter fruit tree wash to try and stop them doing the same thing next year though.  The aphid eggs overwinter on the tree and start on the buds as they open.

Glass cutter

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:23

I agree with phlox - old glass is a PITA to cut due to stresses that build up over time.  Old horticultural glass is dangerous stuff to handle, too, so do take great care KEF.

leaf curl on fruit tree

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:12

Rich, check with a magnifying glass as 'plum leaf curl aphids' are much smaller than ordinary ones and difficult to see for most people.  I think that is why buddyboy asked, as the symptoms look exactly like your trees show. 

The RHS advice on plum problems is here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/plums#problems

 

 

Silver Birch dropping yellow/black spotted leaves

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 17:23

Yes, many birches near me get this and don't seem any the worse for it.  Some other types of tree come in to leaf late to avoid pests and diseases while birches seem to favour dropping affected leaves and growing new ones.  I'm sure it will[ be fine and the majority of plant diseases are specific to just a few related species so It's unlikely to affect anything else in the vicinity.  The chances are it was a fungal infection carried by aphids.

Kale & Beans

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 13:05

Scroggin, I plant a seed close to the roots of each sweetcorn plant when they are about 10-12 inches high, otherwise the beans will easily outgrow the corn.  As the beans grow, they are trained to twine round one corn stem, then over to another etc, so they do not climb vertically as such - the bean stems are used to 'tie' the corn stems together.  When there is enough support for the corn crop, I nip the tips of the beans off.  There are usually beans available for harvesting well before any cobs are ready.  After harvesting the cobs, if the beans are still cropping, I leave the whole shebang and cut down when everything dies in early winter.  Any beans harvested are really a bonus as their primary purpose is to provide nitrogen for, and to support, the corn.   

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