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Help - Massive Bramble problem

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 06:17

Cutting and digging, cutting and digging - at least it's cheaper than a gym membership!  If you work on it over the winter then you'll have got the worst out at a time when it's not actually growing, so you'll be able to see the progress you're making and feel encouraged.

 Then in the spring, when the soft new growth begins to shoot, that's the time to spray it with glyphosate - it'll absorb the spray much better then when it's actively growing than if you spray it now which won't actually do much good at all as it'll be shedding its leaves any time now.

Good luck, you'll get there and the chickens will finish the job off for you 

Are these elm trees? Does anyone know the name for them?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 20:34

They look like elms to me - they could have grown from the roots of elms that died of Dutch elm disease years ago - the roots often throw up suckers.

People got very excited when the first young trees grew from suckers following the loss of most of our elms, but unfortunately once they get to a certain size they too succumb to the Dutch Elm disease which is spread by a beetle.

 Apparently the beetles aren't interested in the sapling size trees, but once they get bigger the beetles bore into them and they're infected by the fungus spread by th beetle.  I really miss the huge English Elms that were such an important part of the countryside when I was a child.

More information here

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:37

Hi Leggi, thanks for keeping those fingers crossed - it must be working, they're still alive and looking healthy with no more blotchy leaves for the past 10 days or so.  They're still flowering and setting fruit, at the same sort of rate as the three unaffected plants on the other side of the garden.    I am bemused but very pleased - I just wish we could have some warmer weather so the fruits stand a chance of ripening - or there'll be a lot of green tomato chutney cooked in this kitchen 

How are your toms?

Talkback: Bats

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 07:42

One warm evening last summer, just after we'd moved into this house and garden, I lay on the lawn for about an hour, with bats swooping just above me - it was amazing watching them 

obelixx so how deep do corn root grow.

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 07:40
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

It's important to know these things LOL

why don't people bother to read post before answering them.

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 07:34

Doh!  Just realised - I should've put that one on the query about how deep the corn roots grow 

Fruit bushes...

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:56

Gooseberries and blackcurrants can also be grown as cordons.  

I think I'd take cuttings from your plants and then you can start them off as cordons.  That way you could get at least another year's fruit out of the bushes you already have before replacing them with the new ones.

There's some info here about growing gooseberries as cordons

and this site  has some very good illustrations and descriptions of establishing cordons, even if the English is a little less than perfect.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:45

Oh, how lovely!  I'll warn the builders to expect a tired tortoise - we can put him up for a day or two (I've got plenty of Cos lettuce in the garden) and then when he's recovered he can start his journey back home. 

Sorry folks!

Plum tree with dying leaves

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:39

Hmm, the problem could be the fact that you pruned it in the winter - this would make it susceptible to Silver Leaf disease - if that's what's happened then your tree is probably done for.  Although I'm surprised that it's so badly affected so quickly .  

Maybe it's saveable - let's see what others think.

Plum trees should be pruned in the late spring or early summer to prevent infection with silver leaf. 

Not sure that I like the advice you've been getting from the local nursery - seems that they've  not asked you the right questions at all and spraying with what is obviously a systemic pesticide that is likely to kill off pollinating insects and bees is a bad idea IMHO.

Here's some information about Silver Leaf Disease

As for your other trees, tell us what they are and we'll try to give you some good advice.  If you can post some pictures so we can see how big they are and how thy are growing that would be helpful. 

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