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Brown rot, treatments, and chickens

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:48

Rebecca - can we see some pics of the problem - it sounds pretty horrific if everything is badly affected - but there are lots of spots/blotches/marks that appear on leaves etc that are just par for the course and nothing to worry about - let's see if these are more or less normal 

Soil free fertilizers?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:45

So pretty much the same as a raised bed then - when I filled my raised beds I used  a mixture of about half and half topsoil and well-rotted farmyard manure - both bought in bags from the GC.

 I then treat them as I would the rest of the garden, adding Fish, Blood & Bone at planting time and later on using tomato or other fertiliser as appropriate.

Each year in the early spring before planting/sowing time I dig in another bag of FYM as I do with the ordinary veg patch. 

In the past I've found that if you use bagged potting compost from the garden centre for long term jobs like raised beds the structure breaks down and it becomes thin and dusty after a couple of years. 

Hope that helps 

 

Is this the start of potato blight or just something of nothing?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:29

I wouldn't be too worried about those marks - when my potatoes  had blight in the past, one day there were a few blotches on the leaves, the next day the foliage had all but collapsed - it happened very quickly.  

 

Soil free fertilizers?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:54

Chris, where are you planting your currants - straight into garden soil, or a raised bed or other container?

Contorted Willow

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:26

It will continue to grow.............. and grow ................. and grow.................... it's a willow tree.

According to Ashridge tree nursery it can grow up to 10m tall

http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/hedging-plants-trees-shrubs-bareroot/trees-for-small-gardens/corkscrew-twisted-willow-salix-babylonica-tortuosa 

Do you have enough space for it? 

Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:21

Hi Jess 

That rose is in a previous garden - apparently it still gets attacked by sawfly from time to time, but grows fresh leaves and flowers like mad - mind you it was planted in 2001 so it's had time to turn into a substantial plant.  

I think some roses do take a time to get going and build up the strength to outgrow their attackers.  

The sawfly used to turn the leaves into skeletons. 

Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:15

Mme Alfred Carriere  has very soft leaves - I found that sawfly caterpillars loved it. 

Soil free fertilizers?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:14

Hi Chris - just a thought - are we getting confused with our terminology here?  Are you confusing 'soil' and 'potting compost'? 

Quince and pear tree leaves

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:23

To post pics on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions for uploading pics from a pc.  

Sadly it doesn't work for phones .... yet!

If that doesn't work give us a shout 

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:22

I would have said that the leaves are narrower than the gaillardias that I remember - but there may be cultivars with narrower leaves ................... 

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