Cases of manure contamination are still cropping up see here so it's still important to take care when acquiring supplies. This is especially important in areas where Forefront weedkiller is available.
Thursday, September 12
Do you remember that early in the year our peach and nectarine trees suffered from peach leaf curl. I posted about it here.
I followed advice to remove diseased leaves as they developed even though it meant that at times the trees were just about bare! I wasn't sure that I was doing the right thing, after all trees need leaves to feed themselves. I read that new leaves would grow but wasn't really convinced. Without any alternative though I persisted - each time quietly apologising to each tree and saying that it was for its own good.
I'm happy to say that both peach and nectarine trees now look very healthy.
This is the nectarine ...
... and this the peach.
We took the opportunity to reduce the height of the peach as having no fruit to spare we cut back some of the tall branches early to hopefully avoid more disease creeping in. Peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and cherries shouldn't be pruned too late in the year which makes it tricky to decide when to prune trees laden with fruit.
Our apricot tree didn't succumb to peach leaf curl but then again it didn't flower either.
Our new cherry tree - Stella - is growing well but only produced two shrivelled fruits. On the plus side this meant we didn't need to net it!
Then you may remember the apple tree Baya Marissa that came from Spalding bulbs and I reviewed here. If you remember I was disappointed by the size of the plant received - well I am pleased to say that the twig has made good growth.
Maybe next year it will produce a fruit and we will find out whether they are really red all the way through.
PS: The photo of the apple tree had to be large as otherwise it was difficult to differentiate from the apricot growing behind it.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 8:52 am