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help with blueberries please

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 14:01
Yes its definitely ericaceous compost. I made sure of that. The pots are in one of the sunniest positions in the garden. I haven't fed them (I'm ashamed to admit) though I have watered them with the nettle stew I made (which I had diluted down) I've never pruned them so I'll have a look on the rhs site

help with blueberries please

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 11:22
Hi. Can anyone help me please? I've got 3 blueberry bushes; all in large pots and all in ericaceous compost. The leaves on the largest of the bushes (and also the smaller ones but to a much lesser extent) are covered in dark brown spots. Some of the leaves are completely covered so very little green is left. Does anyone know what this is and how I can resolve the problem? I've never really had much fruit from the bushes and they are approximately 5 years old now. Although fruit starts to form before it is fully formed it seems to die and drop off. I've tried replacing the compost but to no avail. Please help!

Red gooseberries. How to best produce a good yield?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:24
I've 2 red gooseberry bushes; both are very young so I realise that I may not get any fruit for a while. My question is; is there anything I can do to help encourage the growth of the bushes and anything I can do to encourage a decent yield? Both bushes are in a good, sheltered spot with well drained soil and get plenty of sunlight. I will soon be adding red currants, black currants & ordinary green gooseberries to my soft fruit collection so any advice gratefully received!

Raspberries. To cut back or not?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:17
I have number of raspberry canes in my garden. All of them in their first year; and all of them (I think!) are summer fruiting. Although some of the canes have produced fruit some of them haven't. The canes that haven't produced any fruit are all spine less - the canes themselves are totally smooth (not sure if this makes any difference!) do I only cut back the canes that have actually produced fruit or is it best to cut back all of the canes? Also; will all of the canes produce suckers and if so when does this generally happen? I've had a few; but not anywhere near as many as I was led to believe I'm eager to increase the number of canes I have without going to the expense of buying new ones

Over winter garlic

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:08
At the allotment that I work on; we are looking to plant some over wintered garlic. Can anyone recommend the best type to go for? Thanks

Rhubarb. When/how to split the crowns?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 11:30

As mentioned in a previous post; I'm a total newbie when it comes to growing fruit & veg. I have one well established, healthy rhubarb plant which produces really nice fruit I'd like to split the crown so I can get some new plants established (you can never have enough rhubarb!) when is it best to do this & more to the point HOW do I do it?  Can the new crowns be planted into their final position immediately or is it best to start them off in a pot first? 

Butternut squash when to sow seeds

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 11:24

I'm keen to try growing some butternut squash for next year. My question is when do I sow the seed; and what is the best method to ensure viable plants? Do I need to start them off in a propagator? Also is it best to buy the seeds or can you use the seeds from a bought squash? 

Sorry; I'm a relative newbie to gardening & a total newbie to growing fruit & veg

Raspberries; alive or dead?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 11:14

Great! That's what I wanted to hear  I was reluctant to buy new canes if healthy plants will produce suckers. I'll investigate further next time I'm in the garden! 

Raspberries; alive or dead?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 11:19

I've a number of raspberry canes in my garden; all replatively new (less than a year old)  I know I won't get much if indeed any fruit this year (though I do have some)Some of the cane are doing really well & growing vigorously but some are still just twigs. Is there a way I can find out if they're still alive? I'm reluctant to snip any off the tip just in case (though I have done in the past) I don't want to snip anymore off! Is there another way to find out if they're still alive or is it a case of just leave them & wait & see! Thanks 

Blueberry problems

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 11:04

I also pick on colour, as soon as they're blue I pick therm. I've found if I leave them too long, (the fruit) I get caterpillars in them so make sure you wash thoroughly! 

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help with blueberries please

leaves on blueberry bushes have brown spots. 
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Red gooseberries. How to best produce a good yield?

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Raspberries. To cut back or not?

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Over winter garlic

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Rhubarb. When/how to split the crowns?

 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 16:17

Butternut squash when to sow seeds

 
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Raspberries; alive or dead?

Raspberry canes 
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Blueberry problems

Blueberry problems, not producing any fruit 
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