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Are these wild raspberries?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 14:17

You could always take a chance and try them . , just have a glass of salty water at the ready to make you sick if you feel ill.

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:07

Just pruned back to half it's size a large blackcurrant bush behind our greenhouse. Enough fruit to make 3 jars - not much but still a good year for all soft fruits. The red currant bush next to it has masses of fruit on it. Had a large plastic planter bucket full of old compost in the greenhouse so I stuck all the foot long prunings around the sides, gave it a good drenching, and stuck it outside. All of them are shooting! Wow. What a year for fruit. Well done saltski.

potato blight - please help!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 00:43

Exactly the same up here on the north east coast - just noticed yesterday, the leaves have gone yellow with brown patches and are wilting. I have 8 rows of second earlies and salad potatoes, left overs from last year that I planted again this year.  - guess that's the problem. They were stored over winter in the garden shed. I ate some but decided to same money and plant these. Guess I will have to dig them up pronto.

My other rows, all main crops, were bought as seed potatoes from a well known merchant . They are all ok apart from King Edwards that got a dark green blotchy virus on some , so I pulled them and threw them out. 

A lesson learned.

Are these wild raspberries?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 00:32

Could be unripe blackberries. Anyway, New Gardener5, try to propagate them and see. What you are attempting is a form of hydroponic propagation. What you need to do is add nutrients to the water eg a sachet of Dioralyte which contains all the ions required for humans and plants survival.Good luck.

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 14:36

Good news. Round Up is inactivated on contact with soil so once the area is cleared , you can start planting or whatever without any toxic side effects.

ideas please to screen neighbours BIG shed!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 00:13

Did they tell you they were going to build that and where it would be? If not, you should complain to the local council , saying they did not consult you and that it is blocking out the light to your garden. My previous neighbours did the same to me, after I'd helped put them a new fence up! She said the conservatory would only be 6-7 feet out from the back door, it's 15 feet ( half the length of the garden!), and about 8 ' tall. She's since moved and the new neighbour is so nice I best just leave it, That shed is an abomination! Far too big. The council may want a fee to proceed. It might be worth it if they are forced to take it down.

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 23:54

Providing it doesn't rain in the next 24 hours, about 4 days. I sprayed a wild laurel tree on the perimeter fence at the plot last week , really drenched it with the spray, and looked at it yesterday and the tops have all died off and that's the start. It will kill the plant from the top downwards until it reaches the roots. So in all, about 1-2 weeks. It will kill the whole plant. If it rains tomorrow, wait until it's really dry and sunny and go out and give it a real drenching, and cover it with black plastic bin bags as far as is possible.

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:07

If Round Up Xtreme doesn't work ( it's a concentrated form of Roundup except it's in a black container and is 3L not 5L) at eg B&Q - costs about £16  but it's particularly useful for destroying brushwood, brambles, etc.  If that doesn't work, wait a month and try Deep Rooter crystals for killing trees - you get an axe and gently chop away the bark around the stem , then fill it with the crystals and put duck tape over it and a black bag then leave it to seep down into the roots and kills the entire plant. I have a customer who works for the council treating hegdes, etc. - they use really strong weedkillers not available to the general public. Soduim Chlorate would be the final attack - don't know if you can get that now.

Good luck!

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 23:16

One question: Who paid for the new fence? You? Or did you go half with the neighbours? If the fence belongs to you, then you have every right to control what grows on it! Your neighbours , if they did not offer to go half, have no rights at all wrt the fence boundary. If you ask the council to enter the debate, they will do so but it will cost you £300 ( North Tyneside council charge this for such neighbour disputes).

I would write to the neighbours concerned , stating that since you own the fence ie you paid for it, ( I assume they did not offer to go half), and that they do not intend to do anything about the weeds growing through it, you intend to take appropriate action. 

They will soon contact you if they are bothered. If you do not get a reply within a week, apply Deep Rooter Round Up spray, to the plant on your side and leave for a week. - that should do the trick.

If they come back and complain to the council, they council will ask them for the £300 to proceed before they prosecute.. - they won't pay that.

how to grow runner beans

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 22:39

Firestorm and stardust -  - if you plant now, water every day and once a week with liquid nettle feed , the seeds will germinate .Meanwhile,  get the bamboo wigwams up. As soon as the flowers appear, feed once a week with liquid compfrey feed. I planted mine 3 weeks ago, they are 6' high now and curling round the tops of the canes with loads of red (firestorm) and white(stardust) flowers. Btw, theyare both self pollinating so no need for nearby wild flowers.

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