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Latest posts by frensclan

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:40

HI Lindsay4,

I love this  and although we have built a much bigger pond in the part of our garden (well almost a sixth really) that is a pond ever time it rains! I am really enthused by your idea. I am wondering if I can create something similar in a part of the garden near my raised vegetable beds; or really anywhere as I so like the idea. I will be pondering on this for a while. I love frogs newts and toads.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:16

HI Buddyboy,

no nothing like that only the spots and with really bad ones the leaf is almost black all over.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:45


I will see if my other half can take a photo of the leaf I have by me here. I have MS so can't hold the camera still enough to get a clear picture but in case I can't get one on the system for you to have a look at thank you very much for your help and I will certainly follow your advice.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 16:39

Hi Buddyboy, yes more like the bottom one;( that is on the one with leaves left).  I have just nipped out to have a look again at the badly affected one and that has leaves like the top and bottom. As far as I can see non of the blistering like the middle photo though? The trees have only been in for 1 and 3 years so am a little worried as I was hoping that they could be treated and recover?They still seem to be putting on growth and wonder if I introduced the problem by pruning the badly affected one at the beginning of last year. It seems to come into leaf fine to start with and the one I put in last year has just started to show a couple of affected leaves this week. Obviously I will clear away; the ground under the trees. Do you know if there is anything I can do now to reduce the damage? Also if you agree with  me that it is probably scab I will look up annual treatment to try to eradicate it.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:26

Well I  have had a good look at the tree and can find no black markings or mould on the trunk or branches only a few discoloured leaves. There is no evidence of any aphid activity and no stickiness on any of the leaves.

I  have noticed a couple of discoloured leaves on my other crab apple , black circles meeting up but no difference in leaf texture. The only thing I saw was one tiny scurrying browny orange insect. I am wondering if it is actually scab?

Is there any benefit in my getting something to spray them with now as the second crab apple produced a great unblemished crop this year and still has all its leaves?

having trouble getting onto the RHS s ite at the moment but thanks for the link Buddyboy.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:55

Thanks for those ideas and info Firstly ; Joe in answer to your question not really although it is in the most sheltered part of the garden. We are on top of a rise on a very windy site. The garden floods in high rain as we have deep clay. When we first planted fruit trees the damson actually drowned. We have since moved that to the edge and it is flourishing! The crab apple is in the driest part and as I said was OK the first year.

The black sooty mould sounds likely Buddyboy although when I did check the leaves I did not see any aphids, I will google for a picture to see if it looks the same. I will on the morrow go out and look at the branches and trunk and I think I will wash it down anyways.

Is there anything I can do to prevent it from happening next year?


Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 12:07

I planted a John Downie 3 yrs ago and the first year it was great and we had lots of fruit. the second year OK but this year the leaves came out well but got covered in a black dusty mould kind of substance and subsequently fell off or failed in some other way. We had  flowers but little or no fruit. this could have been because of a very late frost up here in the north west as some of my other apple trees had poor fruit but non had this problem with the leaves. The tree is now loosing most if not all of its leaves. Any advice would be great.

We did plant another of the same variety last year because of the above and although it is not more than 15' away has fruited well and has non of the leaf trouble.

Strawberries for the north

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 06:59

Thankyou for that Fairygirl and Alina N. I had thought of taking runners and potting them on, and will certainly try that again. I have tried it in the past with varying success, not with this bed which I planted when we moved back up north 3 yrs ago. I was just thinking of trying a variety with a little more flavour. These are great for jam but I hoped to have a variety that would do well up here that had a little more flavour raw so to speak. The alpine strawbs are a good idea Alina but as you say very small.

Strawberries for the north

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 08:59

My strawberry plants have really clogged up the bed this year. I don't know what variety they were as I bought them from a well known German food chain for pence 3 years ago. We had a bumper crop but they are now choking the fruit bushes they are under. Does anyone know which varieties would go well in the very north west and have a really good flavour? Also could I dig these old plants up and move them or are they running out of steam?


Posted: 02/08/2014 at 15:25

Thank you for that idea pansyface  . I had looked at buying in live worms but had not thought of your suggestion. In fact I don't think I knew that worms laid eggs or if I did had forgotten. My next door neighbours brother has a farm locally so I will have a word with her when she comes back off holiday. Don't suppose you know if there is a "best " time of the year to do this?

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