BobTheGardener


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New pear trees?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:44

You can control that by pruning, Steve.  Prune the weaker grafted sections harder in Winter which will lead to stronger growth on them in Spring and prune any strongly growing grafted branches only in the Summer, which will lead to weaker growth on those branches the next season.  In my case it has very balanced growth so I prune all three sections identically.   In an orchard, one probably wouldn't want (or be able) to give that amount of attention to detail, and this type of tree wouldn't be grown commercially for that reason.  When it's your only pear tree, you can give it all the tlc it needs!

New pear trees?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:00

How about a 'family' tree with two or three compatible varieties grafted onto one rootstock?   This is a young one I have with 'Conference', 'Williams Bon Chretien' & 'Doyenne du Comice'.  All three are currently in bloom as you can see:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42570.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

It would be easy to train against a wall.

 

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:20

Like many others here, purely amateur despite my 'handle' BtG.  I've always been interested in gardening from being a very young boy, and "helping" my dad in the garden (who was a passionate runner bean grower.)  I have always researched deeply into anything which interests me and find the internet is a fantastic resource although I probably learnt most things from books which were often given to me as gifts (eg the RHS Encyclopaedia of gardening.)  Geoff Hamilton I found absolutely inspirational and he is very much responsible for my gardening 'style';  Every discarded item I see brings the thought "how can I re-use that in the garden?"

Pest/disease on pear trees

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:04

Good luck with it Peter and let's hope that clears it up.  Pears are definitely prone to more problems than apples in my experience.  All we can really do is keep them well fed, provide a fairly sheltered site and the rest is up to them!  I have a grafted 'family' tree, have some rust on the leaves of all three varieties it has grafted onto it but no sign of blister mite, fortunately.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 00:01
Orchid Lady wrote (see)
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42561.jpg?width=350

 This was the same butterfly at the bottom of the root as I was trying to move it...honestly it's real 

It's a female Peacock butterfly.  The male has a body which extends all the way to the rear of the wings.

Oops!

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

Fame at last!.. wait.. my chillies are only 3 inches tall and too small to plant out yet..

Verdun, I think a greenhouse is more useful and wouldn't be without mine but I got the tunnel purely for growing slightly more exotic things than I can outside.  It was only £100 and was easy to erect, so even if the cover only lasts 2-3 years, I consider it a bargain!

Pest/disease on pear trees

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:58

Could it be Pear Rust, a fungal disease spread by spores?  The RHS advise removing all affected leaves.  More here to help identify whether that's the culprit:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=236

 

Can you identify these onions

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:50

http://oi62.tinypic.com/se13lx.jpg

http://oi57.tinypic.com/ix9zdz.jpg

As there are several stems from each, and the bulbs are elongated, I would suggest that they are some sort of shallot.

 

 

 

Flower or Weed?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:41

And me.  Pull a bit up - young willowherb tops will break off leaving the roots and if you dig those out they are very shallow.

help! my young cosmos plants are under attack.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:05

Hi flowerlover, that is almost certainly red spider mite.  I take it you are growing them indoors or in a greenhouse etc?  Some control can be had by spraying the plants regularly with water as the mite doesn't like high humidity, but it won't kill them.  Most bug sprays are useless as the mite has evolved immunity to most pesticides, so the only guaranteed way to totally eradicate them is biological warfare using a predatory mite called Phytoseiulus.  The predators can be bought online for about £12 for 1000.

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