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Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 23:50

Thanks - I will try the tree nursery near work - I don't trust B&Q which my nearest garden centre. 

Yeah, the black stuff is worse as it seems to affect the fruit. The rust doesn't seem to do much, other than being unsightly. 

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 22:17

yup that's the one - weirdly no Juniper trees nearby. By the looks of it, it isn't really a major problem for the tree. Is it worth doing anything about it? Picking affected leaves is not an option, pretty much all leaves were affected this year. 

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:31
Berghill wrote (see)

Pray for drier, warmer Summers!

 I have been all year - I am still waiting

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 19:44

Passionfruit and flower are the same thing? I have a large vine on the side of my house and it has lovely flowers, but the fruits are not worth it. The ones that have orange fruits have the most stunning flowers, but the least edible fruits (well, all passion fruits are edible, some are just not worth it). I am considering cutting it back this year, if I can manage before the first frost as it has lost a couple of branches last winter and looks a bit messy. It grows at the same speed as bind weed.... so it should cover that wall again well. 

I love the fact that it flowers and bears fruit until well into November. I have a north facing garden which is 90% in the shade all day and it is doing so well. I have never fed or watered it, it actually grows in a pot and seems to be drought, flood and cold tolerant. 

I have heard that the purple passion fruit plant is a bit more delicate. Maybe try and grow one inside on the windowsill over the winter, so it is a bit bigger when you plant it out? I have also noticed that even though I let all of the fruit fall to the ground, not one plant has ever appeared. It is obviously not easy to grow from seed. 


Posted: 16/10/2012 at 19:32

I have a large rosemary shrub in a pot outside and it is thriving. Surprisingly the cool, wet summer did it a world of good and it is bushy and green and looking lush. It always stays outside in it's pot in the winter, I don't wrap or cover it and it is doing ok. Has survived the last 3 winters. 

Could it be that some of them die in the winter as it is too dry? 

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 19:30

Hmm - I habe black spots and orange spots on my pear tree and I had one measly pear this year, which looked rather horrible so I left it for the wasps. Anything I can do? The tree is rather high, it would be difficult to spray. 

compost bin alive with slugs

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 19:27

Has there been anywhere this year that has not been invaded and covered by slugs? I am still picking them off my kitchen floor every night. I gave up on the pellets, as the piles of dead slugs started to attract flies. 

And why do they never decimate the Bindweed? It is the one weed that I don't like in my garden (I am pretty tolerant of most others) and the snails, aphids and wine veewils never bother it. Grrrr.... 

How do you get rid of these disgusting things?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 19:23

Can you just pick them? They are only June Bugs? 

The adult beetles only lay eggs for a week or so, so once you picked them no more come back. 

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