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Are your autumn raspberries fruiting now and

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 20:09

do they have raspberry beetle larvae?

They are definitely Autumn Bliss as I planted them, I'm sure I cut back to near the ground in spring as that is mentioned as to why they might be fruiting now.

I'd be quite happy but they have the white larvae in and my children now won't eat them!

Is this because the weather has almost been autumnal since the hot spell ended in June (we are in the south east)?  Should I be cutting them to near the ground even later in the spring?

Thanks for any advice.

Allotment websites

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 19:36

Thanks for all the info.  Perhaps I wasn't clear but we are trying to see if we can increase interest for our allotment association's website rather than sites for anybody (interesting though they are).  We already have basic information but our association's committee (we have one hundred plots) want to see if our website can have more content.

Seed/plant exchanges and diseases are good suggestions and it looks like people are interested in a local site from your comments Zoomer44.

Allotment websites

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 12:53

Does anybody know of any allotment websites where plot holders contribute and other plot holders appreciate reading the contributions?  I don't mean a site updated by one person (like a blog) but a site that is for all the plot holders on one allotment site.

I look after the website for the allotments where I have a plot and have been asked for ideas for contributions.  Therefore I'm trying to find out if others have websites with content that is added frequently and whether plotholders value this sort of thing.

Thanks for any information.

Is it always a bad idea planting large laurel plants?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 08:04

There is a footpath between us and the neighbours, so they won't be trimming it, at least not legally!

Your hedge looks good Lyn but it is common laurel, that grows quite a lot faster than portugese laurel.  I can't see something catching up 2.5 metres - the difference between 45cm plants and 3m ones.  I have seen the post by Befuddled, it is the one I linked to in my original post .  We won't be buying from ebay, and yes they are in 60cm pots but may go to one size down as wind rock is a very good point.

Is it always a bad idea planting large laurel plants?

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 08:31

We need a hedge for privacy from first floor windows.  We like Portugese laurel much more than the common type but it doesn't grow nearly as quickly.  Will large shrubs (2.5 metres or so) establish quickly and then grow?  We have seen the plants, they are at at well regarded nursery and are pot grown and have plenty of side branches.  They are also expensive!

This thread suggests we should buy something much smaller but then we will have to wait ten years for some privacy as we need to get to three metres to even have some privacy.  We are not keen on conifers.

Thanks for any advice.

How to support summer fruiting raspberries

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:42

Thanks pansyface, now I can google the correct system .

Two posts with cross pieces looks best for us.

How to support summer fruiting raspberries

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 11:17

I've inherited some summer fruiting raspberries on my allotment that are now doing well after a lot of feeding last year.  They are unsupported so drooping badly so I want to put in a support to help for next year's crop.

The canes having come up (this years and last) in roughly a two metre circle.  Do I just use posts to create a single line of support as suggested in books? It seems to me that two parallel lines about a metre apart might be better.  It would mean fewer canes on each support and easier weeding (lots of grass grows). Is there a reason not to do this?

Any advice appreciated.

Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) - does it do well?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 20:55

Does this plant do well in partial shade with alkaline soil? Any diseases or tendency not to thrive? Does it have a main stem and branches coming out sideways or is it more like bamboo with multiple stems?

I want to plant one near the house to shield us from the neighbours bay window (we are in a semi) and driveway.  I need an upright plant that is evergreen and can be pruned if it grows too close to the house.

Thanks for your advice.


I've been caught out with other plants (photinia getting leaf spot and fatsia japonica not looking good) and want a plant that performs well given the location.

Unhappy with new fence - doesn't match old

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 21:33

The new fence looks higher than the old fence by a couple of inches and there is a big gap at the bottom (from looking at your second picture).  There might be a bit of a colour difference but there shouldn't be this much.

Also, where are the fence posts?  I can't see them.  Must be something holding it up, that is the way one can tell who owns the fence.

Good luck with getting it sorted out.

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 14:54

Actually I'll need to check with my husband if it had grit at the bottom.  We've been adding rotted stable manure to improve the soil but need to keep adding more I think.  I'm not sure what the garden centre did although it is well regarded round here.  We are having aphid and mildew problems on my climbers (clematis and honeysuckle) but it didn't occur to me that the brown marks might be the same thing.  I'll try and lift it soon if it didn't have grit even though it is flowering.

My name's not Jim by the way, it's a small children's programme that my two watch.  You can still call me that though!

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