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Dying blueberry plant

Posted: Yesterday at 15:27

Hi everyone

I have a Northland blueberry bush that is a couple of years old and sprung into life beautifully a few weeks ago with plenty of new buds and some nice new leaves appearing,

Bearing in mind the requirements of a blueberry bush, I have watered it twice in recent weeks since tag warm weather, using the water from my water butt. However, I noticed a day or two ago that the water smelt a bit, a bit pondy, and so I emptied the butt to find a thin layer of algae all over the inside of the butt.

In recent days the blueberry plant has really taken a turn for the worst. The leaves and buds are drying out, and the green colour of the branches seems to be less vibrant.

I have read up on the effects of algae water, and the general concensus appears to be that it wouldn't harm established plants especially. I also watered my tomato seedlings using the water butt water, and they are absolutely fine.

The blueberry bush has always been very happy in its large pot, has a lovely south facing position, and so I am surprised by this sudden downturn. They are obviously otherwise quite hardy plants.

Any ideas on perhaps if any specific requirements of the conditions means that the blueberry is more prone to damage caused by algae?

Many thanks,


Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 19:54

I've just taken over an allotment that has one, lonely Timperley early!

I shall definitely be getting some more varieties though, love rhubarb.

Allotment newbie, any clay-related advice?!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:47
Thanks very much guys, very helpful

Allotment newbie, any clay-related advice?!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:47

Allotment newbie, any clay-related advice?!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 10:56

Hi everyone,

I have just taken over an allotment that seems as though it has been neglected for a while, there are thistles and weeds and grass everywhere. I am a newbie so apologies for any inaccuracies in this post!

I started tackling it yesterday and removed some weeds. The soil is very much clay with some small stones in, and there are a few raised beds with some John-Innes-type fine soil which have strawberry plants and rhubarb in.

Does anyone have any tips for how to make the clay soil better? I have access to lots of perlite if that might help drainage? Or will I need something bigger like stones as perlite might be difficult to mix with the clay?

I plan on putting some more raised beds in, and also have a cold frame that I intend to grow cabbages/pak choi in to keep out the slugs.

I also have a few leftover bags of topsoil, will this be suitable?

I haven't tested the pH yet but will do very soon.

Other than this, I plan on growing broccoli, french beans, babycorn and tomatoes.

Any suggestions welcome, thanks very much

Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:01

Thanks for your replies.
I'm surprised they got in there, as there always is a lid on the water butt and the whole connection from the drain pipe is very secure, so I think they must have got in through the gutter and down the drain pipe.

I washed it out last night and found a few dead mosquitos in there, so hopefully that might be the end of it, at least for now.

Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 14:45

My cat loves water from the water butt in the garden which I've only had in place for about a month, and I was horrified this morning to see that there are tiny little red worms in the water, only a few millimetres long.

I have read that it could be midge or mosquito larvae. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and can advise how to stop this happening again, I'm thinking maybe some fine mesh over the hole into the butt?

It is just one slimline butt with one connector coming in from a drainpipe.

Thanks in advance.

Peach tree

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 08:49

Thanks for the info re leaf curl, I will sort out some cover for it... Is it only susceptible when the leaves are very young and not established?

Verdun, I did all of the above apart from the goodness - I read that peaches like around ph 6.5 well draining soil which mine is, is there anything else I should give it?

Peach tree

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:29

I bought a cheap Redhaven peach tree from a discount store for the princely sum of £2, it has new buds on it and is about 1m tall.

The roots were wrapped in what looked like damp sawdust with some plastic around it. When I opened it up, there was a little bit of mould on the roots where the damp sawdust had been, but it all came off when I shook all of the sawdust off. Do you think it will be okay?

Also, the bigger roots had been 'folded', and the two thickest ones (just less than 1cm thick) were a bit damaged at the fold.

I have planted it in appropriate compost and left in a sunny spot and will hope for the best!

Any comments welcome.

Growing veg in an unkempt garden!

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:24

LOL thanks for your advice, I am going to dig it up as this is what everyone recommends. I certainly don't want it to zap all of the nutrients for the other plants.

Hard to explain to my boyfriend who is gsrdening-ignorant why it should be dug up! :-\

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