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Poor apple crop_blotchy leaves

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 20:43

Our old apple tree has a poor crop this year and the leaves are blotchy.Usually  we have a huge crop and this year the blossom in the spring was enormous. But there has been no "June drop" and there is very little fruit on the tree.The leaves are blotchy with cream and black markings and some leaves are starting to curl.up.  

 Any advice welcome!

Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 21:35

could someone please tell me the difference between vermiculite and perlite?  I was told one had more stuff in it to feed the plants? I use them to lighten compost for seedlings and young plants and also to cover seeds sometimes.

Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 19:43

One year I found a clump of Montbretia covered with lily beetles.  I had never seen them before;    now I know to search them out on my lilies .

planting out runner beans

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 22:37

lets all hope for some decent weather soon!  I find the trouble with cold frames is the slugs and snails. We have tried pellets, grit, and coffee grounds but nothing seems to work. 

planting out runner beans

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:25

our beans in the greenhouse have just popped through and are about 2ins tall.They should be ok to go out in a couple of weeks. Then I can have enough space to pot up my hanging baskets....Its cold here and nothing outside is moving yet.  Thank goodness for cold frames as well as the greenhouse.   I am not sowing tomato seeds this year - will just buy a few plants in a week or so.

Talkback: Growing veg in shade

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:11
We grow runner beans,brocoli, broad beans,spinach, beetroot, swiss chard, artichokes, raspberries, blackberries, tayberries, rhubarb, loganberries, and soft herbs such as rocket, pak choi, parsley,chives, lettuce, sorrel, cucumbers,tomatoes.
Our problems are not sun v. shade but heavy clay soil, which gets waterlogged easily from the school playing fields next door. One raised bed helps but not by a lot!
I agree sorrel is great as is pak choi and tatsoi.
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