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Gooseberry problems

Posted: Today at 09:40

Thanks for the replies!

I inspected them yesterday and found that the garden bushy one does actually have about 10 or so berries on the lower branches, I noticed they are the woody branches  opposed to the new, green branches, not sure if that is relevant? I think I cut this one back in 2014, but not in 2015.

The allotment ones are looking a bit better, and although they are certainly not bushy, i have noticed a few berries on them too! There are some weeds/grass around them, so I will tidy this up just in case they are zapping the goodness from the soil.

I was thinking of digging them up to make room for my cucumbers, but won't now! 😀

Gooseberry problems

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 20:34

Firstly, I have one gooseberry bush in my garden that is nice and green and bushy, has been there for about three years now, but never really bears any fruit. It doesn't get a huge amount of sun, could that be the issue?

Also, on my allotment, I have three gooseberry plants that were planted last April, and are not very healthy looking. They are only about a foot high at the most, with only two branches/stems that are bearing some greeny yellow leaves - it is most certainly not a bush! They look terrible, what can I do to improve them, please help!

Thanks very much :-)

Last edited: 24 May 2016 20:35:07

Purple sweet potatoes-anyone growing them?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:58

They featured very prominintly in a TV program the other week, about how to stay young! The residents of Okinawa put their excellent health and very long lives down to frequently eating great quantities of it!

I toyed with the idea of trying them after the program, and after reading your post, I have just been to buy some! Still not 100% if they are to eat or grow from...

I grew Beauregard and another variety in the ground in 2014 with very little knowledge and experience, and so am keen to see what some good preparation and growing conditions could produce!

How long to wait with bagged manure

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 19:26
Bob, you are a legend as always. Thank you for your wise words!

How long to wait with bagged manure

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 17:47
Hi guys Last year I dug some compost in some of the allotment that I got from a local stables, it was well rotted. I've got some more from them recently, and it's not as well rotted, and therefore I'm wondering what to do with it. Am I right in thinking it will be fine to dig in the ground for veg that will be growing above ground this summer? Eg. Cucumbers, tomatoes. I know that compost should be dug in the previous Autumn for areas where you will be growing root vegetables the following spring, but if I buy bagged compost, as this will be well rotted and less rich, could I safely dig this in now, and be able to grow root veg this year without problems? I am specifically looking at Grosure Manure, 3 x 70l for ??10 at Wickes. Or am I best just digging in some multipurpose compost for root veg at this relatively late stage? Everyone's thoughts much appreciated as always. Lauren

Potatoes after strawberries?

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:40
Hi Jerry,

Thank you very much for your reply, very kind of you.

I shall indeed do exactly as you say. I aim to collect some manure from my local riding stables this Sunday and will dig it in ASAP.

I've just bought a variety pack of potato tubers, so very pleased that I can use this space for them!


Potatoes after strawberries?

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 16:51

Hi everyone,

i am cleaning out my strawberry patch as it is massively overcrowded, mostly dead, and seems to have plenty of resident pests that aren't helping my eventual yield, come harvest time. I am transplanting runners to a new patch, and will clear out all remaining dead/surplus foliage. 

I am wondering what to grow in its place; it is a raised bed in a sunny position. I am thinking potatoes, but am concerned that perhaps the pests in the soil, namely slugs, snails and woodlice, would have a good old munch at them, underground? I do intend on using nemaslug this year, and what with the strawberries gone, hopefully less pests will congregate.

Any thoughts? Many thanks!

Leek growing

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 15:23

Here we go... From what Ive seen online, it looks like leek moth damage with a sprinkle of rust thrown in for good luck.

Should I continue growing these, or am I just delaying the inevitable?

Please excuse the mud thrown around, this was as a result of my dispair upon finding this yesterday.

Had a good look on the leaves including undersides, but no larvae spotted. Is it possible that the slugs were eating the larvae?! Probably not, a bit too hopeful there me thinks.

Thanks again!





Leek growing

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 14:10

Barry, I have just googled leek moth, and I did see a couple of tiny green caterpillars in the soil yesterday, about 5mm in length perhaps. I recognise the white damage in the centre of the leaves too.

Will post pic later to see what your think!

Leek growing

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 14:04

Thanks for the replies guys, it's good to know I can leave the holes to fill up. 

Steve - I transplanted them when they were the thickness of a pencil, and I trimmed the roots down too. I have pulled a couple of poor ones up for one reason or another, and they are certainly very well anchored into the ground! Thanks for the tips, and thanks for reminding me about baked leeks with ham and cheese - I'd forgotten all about that, but I will certainly by making that if i manage to harvest any!

I presumed it was slug damage as there is some slime trail on the leaves, and especially as they are hanging out in the holes, but perhaps something else is also to blame. The leaves are being eaten from the ends of the leaves where they are touching the ground.

One thing I did notice was lots of tiny green 'grains' that I presumed was as a result of the slugs messy eating, but maybe this is a clue towards something else...?

I will go and take a photo this afternoon and post it later!

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