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apple canker

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:52

Thanks so much for both of your really helpful advice.  A few questions: if I do try and live with it, should I treat it with anything?  But if I remove it, is now the best time to cut it off?

I love the idea of starting a new one and grafting some of the old tree as well (but would feel very sad about replacing this mature one!).

apple canker

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:02

We moved to a new house this spring and inherited a lovely mature apple tree in the backyard.  It's never been pruned and I set about doing both summer and winter pruning this year.  Much to my horror (and panic) I just discovered a huge canker on one of the branches (right where it intersects with another branch), so it's essentially affecting two large branches.  I have no idea what to do- it looks very severe and pruning it out will essentially mean removing both branches (and something like 1/3 of the whole tree).  We still harvested loads of apples this autumn, so it's still fruiting, despite the canker.  Any advice will be most gratefully received!

Preparing for the storm

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 19:46

Thanks so much!  I'll have to get out tomorrow morning to cut back my roses, and as you suggest, Dove, I should also move the garden furniture and pots to a sheltered spot.  I meant to do the roses today but got distracted by harvesting apples -- I also felt reluctant to cut the rose blooms off as they still look so pretty!

Preparing for the storm

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 12:08


Given the weather forecast for Sunday (with galeforce winds), should I be doing anything to protect my plants?  I'm thinking of cutting down my roses (which are still blooming), but that's as far as I've got.  

Thanks for your help.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 14:20

In our new house I have inherited a large, mature apple tree.  I have no idea where to start in terms of pruning it.  I see the new growth (long lateral shoots which haven't gone woody) at the very top (any recommendations of good, sturdy, but very high ladders for pruning?) and so far from what I've read, these bits are pretty straightforward in terms of how to prune.  However, there are a lot of woody bits (which don't look too healthy) but still have fruit.  When summer pruning a mature apple tree, does one leave the woody bits alone?  I was hoping to clear out some of the congestion to allow more light and air among the tree.

Thanks for your help!

What to do!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 20:21

Thank you so much for your replies and advice!!  Really appreciate the feedback. It's helped me not to completely despair!  I guess it will be a bit of time before I can plant my favourite plants in the bed... they'll just have to live in the pots for awhile .  I also have discovered a blackberry bush (yet another invasive plant).  Should I also try and dig this out?  I like blacberries to eat, but also have heard firsthand stories of it taking over the garden...  

Why oh why do people do this to their garden voluntarily?!

What to do!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 02:17

Yikes that doesn't inspire too much hope!!  I've done some research tonight - I think the plant is green alkanet and from what I read, it is really difficult to dig out the root.  

How do you garden 'alongside' the invasive mint?

What to do!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 01:02

I've just moved to a new house and to my utter horror, the backgarden is overrun with (i) mint; (ii) borage or comfrey (not sure which).  The mint I'm trying to dig little by little (and mercifully is coming out, though we'll see whether new seedlings emerge from my digging).  

However, I'm completely bewildered as to what to do with the borage or comfrey (I'm not sure which it is to be honest).  It is nettle like (and you need to use gloves when dealing with it), the roots are extremely deep and thick, (and I've not remotely got to the roots of the plants when digging) and has blue / purple flowers.  I'm so sorry for the number of questions I have here but here goes:

(1) The borage / comfrey (whatever it is) seems very invasive but with all my digging I cannot get at the root.  What should I do, and will they continue to grow?  I've read some websites encouraging these plants for the bees, but it is taking over the whole garden!  

(2) I've also put some into my compost -- yet I've read that some allotments strictly forbid comfrey into their compost because it will infect the whole lot and come up again.  Should I sift through all my compost (!!!) and get as much of this out?

I've already clipped all the flowering buds to ensure it doesn't self seed any further (which, unfortunately has done so everywhere in the garden).  I suppose I'll simply need to hoe these small plants and hope the plant gets exhausted and dies eventually.

When we moved into this place the previous owners said they planted a 'wild flower garden' - little did I know it was a euphemism for 'letting it run amok' with invasive plants!!!!

How to prevent damping off?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 16:26

That is brilliant advice - thanks so much for your responses.  I will definitely try the vermiculite on the surface (so far I've been using grit) and water from below.  Also kate1123 you make a really interesting point about emulating nature with your poppy seeds.  With the last attempt with the meconopsis sheldonii I brought them inside and put them on the windowsill once they had been repotted.  Outside or in the greenhouse I didn't really have damping off with my other seedlings - so I wonder if it might have been that the circulation inside was poor?  Makes me think I should keep them outside for the time being or put them in my coldframe.

When do you bring your tender perennials inside?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 16:58

Thanks for all your posts and advice!  Really appreciate your advice.  No wild garlic for me, jatnikapyar...

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