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plum tree-are they suckers that are growing

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:46

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Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:44

I usually do cook them from scratch Alan  (taught by an Indian friend) but the farm shop where OH works has recently started selling the Bhajiman Spice Kits made by Don who lives near Norwich  http://recipeinabox.bhajiman.co.uk/ - he's asked for some feedback on his kits so OH and I are using some of his range at the moment - very impressed. 

plum tree-are they suckers that are growing

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:40

They'll be suckers from the sounds of it.

I would carefully scrape soil away from the base with your hands, then get hold of the sucker and pull the sucker sharply away from where it joins the tree, so you take out all the sucker and the point where it's growing from.  That way it shouldn't grow again. 

If the sucker is too well grown to pull it off then you can cut it away at the base of the sucker with your secateurs.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:31

Wow Bill - that looks fantastic!!!

Which big blue hosta is that? 

Aphids

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:25

It's hard to tell but the tree is possibly one of the wild prunus - bullace, cherry plum, damson, that sort of thing.  

It has been badly attacked but it's the price we're paying for a mild winter - many aphids survived the winter and made a head start with their breeding programme early on!  

As I said, I think the best thing you can do for the tree is to encourage the birds to do the job for you, and hope for a few good sharp frosts next winter to knock the aphids back.

I think that with the honeysuckle I would pinch out all the badly affected growing tips. That number of  aphids will have damaged them so you won't get good flowers.  If you pinch out the growing tips the honeysuckle will grow sideshoots which will hopefully flower later this summer - and even if they don't flower this year, you'll have a bushier plant which will be good.  

Again, resist using insecticides as they kill the good critters as well as the bad, and this is why we get the big inbalances. It may take a couple of years to get things in balance in your garden, but we've been here three years this coming August, and I've just been watching a large brood of newly fledged bluetits hoovering up aphids from my honeysuckle - they do the job and they're such fun to watch.

Good luck 

Wet cold weather

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:12

And look what happened when we were all singing that 

Sad and sorry looking

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:42

That's fine then 

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:40

Steve 

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Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:36

Got it Alan 

Seriously thinking about putting the heating on here too, but might cook a jalfrezi instead. 

Mony Don

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:20

I had 9 acres - but the horses, cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, guinea fowl, geese and pigs took up some of the space, not to mention the windmill, three ponds, river and railway line.  I'm afraid the flower garden took a back seat but we grew lots of veg 

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