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Beetroot Leaves Brown

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:25

The black gunk is probably snail poo - I can see you have trouble with molluscs from the dead one and pellets!  Best thing to do about the beet miners is examine each leaf and you should see the miner at the edge of an eaten area, then crush it within the leaf with finger and thumb.  It's not terminal unless they reduce the green leaf area too much.

Help! My lovely Apple tree has got a rust looking patch on the bark

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:20

I suspect it might be a fungal infection, let in because too long a stub (aka 'snag') was left when the diseased branch was removed.  Branches should be cut flush with the collar, so usually only an inch or so of stub is left. If the stub is too long, the bark can't grow over it to heal the wound.  See the RHS advice on this:

and more detailed advice with images here:

I hope I'm wrong.



Beetroot Leaves Brown

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 12:46

Leaf miners:


Broad leafed plant ID, please.

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 12:26

Looking at the 2nd photo again, I think Andy may be right and that bud is an allium head forming.

Broad leafed plant ID, please.

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 12:14

Looks like a lily of some kind to me.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 20:48

Cleared a small neglected bed to make room for some of the plants which are ready to go out but I don't have room for.  Found about 15 madonna lily bulbs in it which have been there for a few years but never really done much, so have bunged them in some pots of really good compost.  I have two borders which need rejuvenating so plenty of work lined up for the foreseeable!

Crab Apples

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 20:42

Are you feeding it Roy?  Another potential reason is if you let grass or other plants grow right up to the trunk - it's best to leave a circle of about a metre diameter clear around the base of the tree so the tree isn't competing for nutrients.  Finally, are there any other apple trees nearby in blossom at the same time?  Cross-pollination really helps cropping.


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 19:37

Pull one and have a look - if it looks like these images:

it's white rot and I would pull them all.  If the cloves look normal it is likely a virus and those don't survive in the soil as they need living plants to survive, so there would be no need to treat the soil.

Nettle Feed

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 19:16

Nettle 'tea' is best for those leafy things which prefer a feed high in nitrates and comfrey is better for fruit and flowers which prefer a more balanced mix of nutrients.


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 14:23

Garlic is prone to viral diseases which is why it's best to buy cloves from garden suppliers rather than supermarkets when growing them.  I agree, the problem should not affect the other alliums in the bed.

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