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misshapen apple fruits forming

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 09:47

Thanks, that rhs link is great.  I did try searching the rhs site before but didn't find that page).

It most looks like rosy apple aphid damage (although doesn't have that protrusion effect at the flower end).  I have had problems with aphids on my espaliered apples, which I have mostly ignored.  I better find our about whats the best winter wash (I've never used them before)

I couldn't get images of poor pollination in apples.

Thanks again

misshapen apple fruits forming

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 18:54

I have a few young apple trees of different varieties. 3 of them are developing misshapen fruits, visible mostly on the larger  fruit.  I thought might be bitter pit, but they are young trees ( all less than 7 years old) and I'm on clay / chalk.

Any ideas ?  There are lots of fruit, this year.


asparagus beetle

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 08:49

I'm still hand picking the beetles.  Seems to be temperature related how many I get each day.  I'm no longer getting 100/day more like 10/day at the moment.

asparagus beetle

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 16:19

Hi, I have an asparagus bed, 1m x 4m, 7years old.  I appear to have an infestation of asparagus beetle. til now I haven't noticed them or controlled them, so they have  built up without me noticing. I can  pick off about 50 adults twice a day, which is time consuming.  Is it worth picking them off ?  If I'm diligent will I get my infestation under control, so will merely need monitoring in following years ? 

I'm considering moving them to a new bed in the autumn anyway so they have more room, so I could wash the roots before replanting in new soil.  The old soil (where the adults emerge from I could skim off and put in a lidded compost bin for a year to try and break the cycle.  I guess I need to know what depth the beetles stay at in the soil. 

Any thoughts ?

recommendations for raised bed material

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 09:06

Thanks Higgy.  I assumed plastic would leave a lovely hidey space for slugs to live (between the plastic and wood). When I've previously used plastic to line things it seemed to come away when troweling / digging over the soil.

I shall continue my hunt, for something more permanent.

patio with circular bed

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:03

how about hardy fuchsia  as a hedge ?

recommendations for raised bed material

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 17:52


I made some raised beds about 5 yrs ago out of tanelised gravel boards, they are already starting to rot on the bottom edge.  I intend to make some more this year in my back garden. Can anyone recommend some other material / supplier, e.g. UV resistant tough plastic, ideally not too expensive.  I'm happy cutting down / DIY-ing, so they don't need to be a 'kit'. 

Can anyone recommend other commercially available materials, from which I could knock up these ?

Thanks for your comments


Talkback: Growing asparagus

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 18:02

You can definitely move asparagus, just dig it up with as many roots you can in autumn and replant. I've moved house with it. I did leave it a year or 2 to establish before harvesting.

can anyone recommend a pH meter + acidifcation method

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 10:13

Hi my blueberry lvs have got very yellow, I've just noticed, despite them growing in pots.  Can anyone recommend a pH meter - digital or strips of paper ?- whats the best for long term monitoring ?

I was going to apply ferrous sulphate as a foliar feed as a quick fix before going on hoiiday.  I imagine in the long term I need better monitoring, and slower applictions of ferrous sulphate.

Amy advice appreciated.



brussel sprout seedlings - why no growth ?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:00

thanks, I did wonder about sunscorch, so I had moved them off the cill a bit.  they are a bit tiddly still , but I might plant out and protect from birds and slugs.

I know what you mean about the compost - but they germinated well, it was only at about the 4 leaf stage they started to shrivel


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