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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:14

Not heard of cola being a deterent but anythings worth a try.

KEF, started to squash the little blitters today. Tough little beetles aren't they

Apples and pears....

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 19:17

Having learned from you kind people, the tree which I'd hoped was an apple, turns out to be a cherry plum, started me thinking about purchasing apple and pear tree's.

On the allotment we can only plant tree's from root stock M27 (very dwarfing) and M9 (dwarfing). Can anyone explain what this means, are tree's grafted on to the roots. The local GC has tree's on root stock M26!       

We have a local nursery where you can purchase the tree now and pick up in November for planting as bare root. There doesn't seem to be alot of choice though and when I asked the lady in the shop what root stock they were on she looked at me like I'd just broken into speaking manderin chinese.

I also have a Q about variety...any recommendations. I'd want self polinating tree's as there's only really room for a couple of tree's.

Also a Q about tree's or cordons. The nursery had a brambly which looked the right shape to grow as a cordon...am I right in thinking these can be trained up fences...

Thank you for replies in advance...  

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 18:37

Hi, Bob,

What with slugs and snail's absailing over the fence, carrot fly smelling carrots from 2 mile aways and pigeons swooping over head, marestail growing whilst you look at it and now flying lilly beetles...it's like a batttle zone out there......think this might be a battle I'll lose, I don't like squashing beetles...

Think I'll stick to growing lillies at home next year...

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:25

Found loads of beetles yesterday on lillies planted on the allotment a few weeks ago. Really don't know where they have come from, I bought new bulbs as I didn't want to bring beetles onto the allotment from my garden. Used new compost in bottomless pots sunk in the ground. No one else seems to grow them nearby either......  

 

Carrots & Parsnips in Manured Beds

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:16

Parsnips can take time to show, I've just sown White gem and the packet says 14 - 32 days to germinate. Would have thought yours would have germinated by now though... 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:38

Bumped up for clare...

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:36

Hi, clare, welcome to the forum.

I asked a similar Q several weeks ago, I'll bump up the thread it's titled - Help...marestail and other nasties... 

Training up canes is one way of killing it, I used roundup on some a few days ago which had grown about 2ft. Ever so pleased with the result, the bindweed is already begining to go brown. I painted it on, there's a risk of killing other plants if you spray. Better to do it when rain isn;t forcast too...

Fruit tree ID...

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:26

That explains why I couldn't find it .

Thank you, looks like both allotmenteers were right, will look forward to the cherries ripening. 

Fruit tree ID...

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 00:12

You guy's never fail to amaze me how quick a plant is identified...

The link Dove shows a more mature fruit so will try to check out a tree with smaller fruit, these are more cylindical rather than round...it is likely to be plum... the guy on the allotment who said it was plum seems to only grow fruit tree's and bushes...     

 Will check out sherry plums...thank you...  

Fruit tree ID...

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 21:46

I don't have any pictures and the tree hasn't fruited for sometime. It was a poorly neglected tree, covered in dead bindweed and brambles in Frebruary but after some TLC and after branches being cut off,  it produced white blossoms at the beginning of April. I hoped it was apple, a frost took the blossoms though later that month and there didn't appear to be any devloping fruit.

This evening I noticed lots of tiny green hard fruits about the size of marbles, some bigger, on the tree. A guy on the allotment thinks it's plum but someone else thought cherry. I have a cherry blossom tree in the back garden and don't think it's cherry as me thinks the leaves would be similar.

Sorry, not alot to go on but any suggestions as to what it is....    

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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A Q about used compost...  
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Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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