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Brown rot on victoria plum tree

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:06

Hold on, Buttercupthistle......it's all getting a bit muxed up.

Now, there is no connection between brown rot and using pheromone traps. Pheromone traps are an aid to controlling plum moths.....the maggots of witch infest the plums themselves. These traps give out a pheromone mimicking the female moth and attract the male moth (seeking a mate) to their doom.

You may notice that the yellow sticky pad is marked into squares, this is so you can measure the amount of moths around and adjust the spray accordingly.....it's all in the instructions.....so not a cure as such. 

Now brown rot - to save my time, this is taken from the RHS guide to the problem:

1  Control brown rot fungus starting in the late summer or early fall. Remove all diseased fruit that has fallen to the ground as well as fruit mummies and any cankered pieces on the tree itself. It is also beneficial to remove diseased branches in the winter when the tree is dormant. Dispose of diseased pieces immediately in a garbage container.

2 Prune trees to create better air circulation, which will discourage the growth of brown rot fungus. When watering plum trees, use low sprinklers that will not hit tree flowers, fruit and foliage, as this can create optimal conditions for the fungus to flourish.

3 Apply a synthetic fungicide or one that contains copper if you are concerned about brown rot fungus affecting your plum trees in the springtime. Follow the manufacturer's directions for exact application instructions. Spray fungicide while the trees are still in their pink bud stage for the fungicide to work best.

Hope that helps.

Quick hello from me

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 15:36

Nut is being very modest, she IS very clever!

Welcome, Chrises.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:04

Poor, rosemummy....you've really had a rotten sweet pea season.  I have to confess, I have never seen the problem you are describing.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:08

I presume you mean the stems, rosemummy....stems of all sweet peas reduce in length as the season progresses and nothing much can be done to avoid it,

I've noticed those picked by Monty Don on GW, have had stems not much more than 5/6 inches long.

 

 

Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 18:54

It's amazing what us old uns can do, Pansy.....can't be doin with that grams & stuff.

The cake is very rich & moist and particularly yummy with a splash of double cream.

Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 14:37
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/DSCN0409.jpg

 

 

My take on chocolate and beetroot cake:

 

Chocolate & Beetroot Cake

 

Ingredients

1¼ oz Cocoa powder
4¼ oz Plain flour
1½ tsp Baking powder
1 Pinch salt
5¼ oz Caster sugar
8½ fl oz Corn oil
1½ tsp Vanilla essence
3 eggs beaten
1 pack or (9oz) cooked beetroot, pureed
4oz Plain dark choc (60% +), broken into small pieces

Method

Preheat the oven to 375F/190C/Gas 5 and grease an (7") round cake tin.
Sift the cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and mix with the sugar.
Add the oil, vanilla essence, eggs, beetroot and chocolate pieces and mix well.
Pour into the cake tin, put on a baking tray and bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

 

 

dianthus

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:02

Oh yes, I forgot about that, Verdun.....it does make a difference.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:59

Someone been spreading rumours, Cliff Richard is younger than me.....tch!   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyHXaVWRKvQ

Music in the Garden

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:48

Glad you liked it bekkie.....though it was posted with mischievous intent.

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