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A new snake in the UK!!!

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 22:38

Yes Redwing ... You misunderstand my post. I was agreeing with you. 

Is my pear tree sick?

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 21:14

You can get well-rotted manure in bags from the garden centre ... It's really not unpleasant stuff and it's so good for the soil and for your plants. 

An alternative is what the GCs label soil conditioner, which is usually composted bark ...good stuff but not as good as manure for your purpose. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 20:04

Thanks Pauline  although your're right, there's not a lot ... and none in the area we like ... but maybe they'll grow.  

Such a heady scent of sweetpeas in the sitting room .......... we've been picking them for weeks, a big bunch every couple of days ... I've never had such successful ones .... Thank You Wonky 

Now I shall close the laptop for a bit and get on with knitting Wonky's woolly hats while I watch the athletics ... have a good evening folks ((hugs)) 

Is my pear tree sick?

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:52

I don't spray either ... I would ensure that all fallen leaves are cleared up and burned ... as I said clear the soil beneath the tree and mulch in the autumn and again in the spring ... I would use well-rotted farmyard manure ... just don't let it touch the trunk.

Mulching over the area around the tree will cover any of the spores that may be on the ground and prevent them getting onto the new leaves next spring.

Don't panic ... few trees are without some sort of something ... all we can do is try to limit the problems ... no such thing as perfect 


Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:47

Last year I swapped tomato plants with a friend, as we have done in previous years ... sadly hers were infected with blight and all succumbed quite rapidly in the greenhouse ... as did all of the ones I gave her, with the exception of the Crimson Crush.  

In my friend's greenhouse and in mine, the Crimson Crush remained healthy and cropped well although they have been in very close proximity to the blight-blasted ones ... just as described in this article published by the RHS 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:34

Pauline ... do they have cottages etc ... all I can find is caravans and holiday park apartments 

Is my pear tree sick?

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:29

Possibly a bit of pear scab ... 


Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:26

Cant see the leaves very clearly, but it looks like Artemisia vulgaris aka Mugwort to me

A new snake in the UK!!!

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:22

That's what the article says 

Is my pear tree sick?

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:18

I really can't see a lot wrong with that ... looks fine to me.  No different to my espalier pear as far as I can see.  Some leaves are getting discoloured and marked now, but it's not long until autumn and  we had a warm spring, leaves burst early and we've had some very dry spells.  

I'd make sure it's not thirsty, a couple of buckets of water once or twice a week whether it rains or not ... while the fruit is swelling and ripening... fruit takes a lot of moisture to produce.    I've had the sprinkler on my fruit patch this afternoon.  

Also make sure that grass and other plants are cleared well away from the trunk ... I like a clear circle of around a metre diameter.

Sleep well 

Last edited: 07 August 2017 19:19:11

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