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The Basics / Re: Yellow mildew on gooseberry bush
« Last post by Tee Gee on Yesterday at 14:28:51 »
I agree with ancell & Johnny a photo of the problem would help us to confirm our assessment!
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The Basics / Re: Yellow mildew on gooseberry bush
« Last post by johhnyco15 on Yesterday at 14:23:02 »
its a lichan vote from me
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The Basics / Re: Yellow mildew on gooseberry bush
« Last post by ancellsfarmer on Yesterday at 14:00:07 »
Could it be a lichen?
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The Basics / Yellow mildew on gooseberry bush
« Last post by newspud9 on Yesterday at 13:31:13 »
I have yellow mildew on the central stems of my small gooseberry bushes (dont know the specific type).  The mould is thickest at the base of the stems.  I was investigating online and the closest I could find was American gooseberry mildew although this seems to be more of a summer-time issue when the bushes have leafed if not fruited.  Any thoughts on diagnosis/treatment.  Many thanks for all the comments.
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Edible Plants / Re: Pink Currants
« Last post by Beersmith on Yesterday at 11:24:12 »
Thank you very much.

You are welcome.

They don't require much time either.  One bush would only need half an hour winter pruning, half an hour summer pruning, Mulch around the base of the bush in winter, scatter a bit of manure or fertiliser in spring, and an occasional bit of weeding, and that is it apart from picking the berries.  A few minutes now and then to check for pests and diseases is wise but my experience is that they are pretty robust and not often hit by pests.

Wishing you success.

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Edible Plants / Re: peas
« Last post by ACE on February 20, 2019, 21:02:47 »
Just in case the pigeons get hungry I have surrounded them in a very fine mesh corded netting. I will keep the wind off and give them a bit of a micro climate.
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Edible Plants / Re: peas
« Last post by galina on February 20, 2019, 20:57:05 »
I have started sowing peas here and we are much further north with much less benign climate than you are Ace.  Admittedly in pots so far, not yet in the garden but will plant as soon as they are ready.

Unless you are going to get inches of snow that can crush and lodge the plants, they should be fine.  Should a late snowfall happen, I am sure you can cobble a temporary cloche together with short pea sticks and fleece on top to keep the snow off the plants.  Chances are that such a snowfall would be very unusual in your location at this time  :wave:
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Edible Plants / Re: peas
« Last post by Plot 18 on February 20, 2019, 17:36:49 »
No insects required for peas.
"Pea flowers contain both male and female parts, called stamen and stigma, and usually self-pollinate. Self-pollination happens before the flowers open, "
https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1999-mendel-s-experiments
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Edible Plants / Re: peas
« Last post by ancellsfarmer on February 20, 2019, 16:45:31 »
They should stand it if they are hardened off, its the effect of strong drying winds on soft tissue that might do for them. Also, they are light dependent to flower and pollination may be an issue if there are few insects and moths about.  Some plant autumn peas and hope they survive.
Good luck.
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Edible Plants / Re: peas
« Last post by Plot 18 on February 20, 2019, 13:48:12 »
I've planted a few early mangetout in the greenhouse border, they should be finished before the tomatoes take over :)
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