Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:47
So here goes. Until recently. I had provided this forum with my personal profile. Forgive me if I am wrong, but from certain posts etc, I gathered that some forum members thought of me a being a bit of a big head. Sory, but in a similar lite. Charlie Brown started out as a shelf stack for Sainsbury's. Now he is branch manager. Like me. I began my horticultural career with my dad in 1945. OK over time many things changed etc. I eventually managed to gain psots of head gardener and Deputy Parks Supreintendant. I gaine several qualifications etc. Then due to ill health I was thrown on the scrap heap. Along came the internet. Forums such as this one. The chance to meet and make friends with many who shared the same interest. Yes. In the past years. I have read many books by those we refer to as experts. Go back to the 1800's there has been so much written. I have adopted to many of the basics , but at the same time. I have moved on. Yes, I have gardened in the general way, but at the same time. I have developed a more scientific interest. That probably explains why at the age of 75 yrs. I find myself studying plant pathology. Yes it must seem strange to some. That when asking a general question about gardening. I suddenly pop up and give a really basic answer. For instance. My roses are suddenly covered in lots of brown black leaf spots. Yes. Black spot. So what do you do. In all honesty and that is the crux of my replies. Get rid of the affected leaves. Here is where me and the system part company. The general idea is. Go out and spend a fortune on this that and the other chemicle. Why? Your plant is infected. In reallity, myou should have been more prepared. To start spraying etc now, is too late. So why waste money. Pest and diseases are more complicated than most beleive. Thereare the viral and the fugal. The fungal might be likened to some of our common day aflictions. During hot spells, we might develop some heat bumps. These are common and the treatment is simple. The viral infections usually go deeper. With plants, usualy the leaves are the first indicators. You need to identify the problem. Just removing the leaves might not be enough. Has the virus entered the branch the stem and the main body of the plant. So, so often my comments might be. Pick the affect leaves off and burn. Get in there with the secs and cut out the damage wood. Simple. So perhaps in the future. If any member disagrees with me. Fair dos, say so and lets talk it through. Believe me. I only want to live out my time peacefuly.