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Bay tree - leaf damage - please help identify

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 17:29

If ithey've not been re potted for three years can I suggest that you re-pot them next spring.  A bigger pot and fresh compost (I use John Innes No 3 loam based for mine, with some added horticultural grit).  They get very pot-bound and then the leaves begin to look a bit poor and susceptible to attack from all sorts!


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 16:23

 Think the tastiest ones come in pairs


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 16:15

It would be ok for bulbs if you only want them to last for the one flowering season and then discard them.

If you want to use it for plants or bulbs to keep for more than one year I'd enrich the soil with Fish Blood and Bone, a slow release organic fertiliser, as the tomatoes, potatoes and beans will have used up most of the nutrients int he compost.

Personally I find it better to use fresh compost for tubs and pots, and use spent compost as a mulch or add it to the compost heap.

Help with identification

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 16:06

They're hard and tough, even when ripe - I find they're usually best used to add a delicious tart flavour to apple and pear recipes, rather than eating the flesh.


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 16:03

OH wouldn't pay much money for children - it's half-term, there will be loads of them at the Farm Shop without him having to part with money!

Help with identification

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:59

They look like the fruit of the Japanese quince aka Chaenomoles.  Did it have flowers like this early last spring? There are different colours.

Although they're not the Cydonia quince which is traditionally used for cooking, the Chaenomoles can also be used.  I use them when pot-roasting a pheasant or guinea fowl, and you can also make quince jelly and use them in other recipes - there are lots online.

Planting wallflowers in containers

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:51

Absolutely agree with Dave.  I'd also pinch the tips out as I planted them to encourage them to bush out and produce more flowering shoots.

I like tulips with wallflowers too. I think the lily-shaped varieties look particularly good with wallflowers and they bloom at about the same time


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:43

Chicky, they're just what we need - OH says the farm shop has nearly sold out!  They need more - at this rate he'll have to go and get some from Tesco and sell them!



Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:39

Chilly wind here too - we're wimps - we've put the heating on again. 

OH mowed the lawns this morning and we've been out and about in the City.  Now there's a chicken in the oven and bread sauce made, and I'm on the sofa with my feet up


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 13:34

Hi HandyMike

The answers on this earlier thread should be helpful

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