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Do any of you have experience with 'Blattfallkrankheit' in Johannesbeeren?

http://www.zulaufquelle.ch/ratgeber/...den-blaettern/

One stand of our Johannesbeeren got hit with this shortly after the fruit developed. We cleaned out all fallen leaves and sprayed with Cupromag after harvesting, but there was no re-growth through the rest of the summer. The bushes are simply bare branches.

Now that we are heading into fall - i.e., prime fungus weather - is there anything else I can do? Have any of you successfully battled Blattfallkrankheit? Or are my (10!) bushes toast?
I have no idea of Johannesbeeren, but my rose bushes all got brittle sickly yellow leaves and are all bare - but still blooming roses! So they obviously also have that disease!

Autumn is a time of "shut-down" for producing leaves, energy is down in the roots, so maybe next spring your plants will begin to re-sprout new leaves anyway? That spray you used sounds like a copper spray - that`s against fungus, so at least you know you`ve killed off the fungus.
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We also cut down our infected Thuhja bushes - a long row of them - BUT they had been planted inside hollow bricks in a border demarcation so the roots were not removable - and some of them began to sprout again.

An "African" method of getting stumps down to below ground level is to burn the stump, if its too difficult to remove. So I did that - small fire on each growing stump, charcoaled stump is easier to hack down to below ground level.

But I don`t think that would appeal to you?
I hadn't thought of burning the stumps. Worth a try I guess. I suppose I should buy a bag of marshmallows so I can roast them at the same time.

I have sawed them down as low as possible with the chainsaw and I have taken the axe to them as well.

The root ball is not that large or deep but the roots are wide.

To stop growth from your roots you need a "fräser." Some say you can make criss cross cuts in the wood yourself to achieve these results.
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I hadn't thought of burning the stumps. Worth a try I guess. I suppose I should buy a bag of marshmallows so I can roast them at the same time.

I have sawed them down as low as possible with the chainsaw and I have taken the axe to them as well.

The root ball is not that large or deep but the roots are wide.

To stop growth from your roots you need a "fräser." Some say you can make criss cross cuts in the wood yourself to achieve these results.
Instead of a "real" fire, what about just pouring some lighter fluid stuff over the stumps and setting it alight - it should burn enough to charcoal the tops then you could chop them to further down - burn some more - chop chop ...... They`ll be further poisoned by the fuel and should stay dead.
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Old 07.10.2014, 11:46
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Ok - also back from holiday to a whole garden of dead tomatoes. Our house sitter said the ground got too wet and was moldy. They are in raised beds with proper drainage.

Any ideas what I can do to prevent this happening again? I'm gutted I would have had some beautiful ones from the garden
Tomatoes don't like rain. Especially the drizzle sort of rain. It causes leaves to go mouldy. Some people erect a sort of roof over their tomato patch. It can work wonders.
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Tomatoes don't like rain. Especially the drizzle sort of rain. It causes leaves to go mouldy. Some people erect a sort of roof over their tomato patch. It can work wonders.
I had to make a new tomato house this year.

O/H got into Recycle Mode and built it from a large old half glass sliding door from house.
Farmer up the hillside objected to having something "new" in his vision of sight (was winter then so hedges were bare and everything visible), so painted the roof to make it look "old".

But the tomatoes thoroughly objected to it! They were miserable and only gave 3 tomatoes, as opposed to over 100 the other years!

They used to be planted against a south facing house wall, but this year a patio got built there, hence the new T/house.

Soooo ... I finally twigged that they also like the morning sun? (These now got only midday onwards sun). And under the house roof overhang they never got wet. But must have LOTS of sun obviously! The glass "walls" were not enough, and the hedge blocked the morning sun!

The new house looks nice, but definitely NOT a tomato house!
Now it`s my place to sit and watch the vegetables growing What other use could it have?

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Old 12.10.2014, 11:07
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

i saw this and couldn't help myself from posting it here.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Seeing these in the garden this morning made me think that gardening season will soon be upon us.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Ahhh, the first snowdrops (w/a few more snowflakes to come I reckon...)

I saw some yesterday as well, in a much colder climate zone (Sweden) and was left contemplating global warming for the rest of my walk...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I noticed that the buds are starting on the fruit trees - meaning it's time to spray, if I'm to have a chance at combatting the dreaded Blattfallkrankheit and various other fungal diseases this year.

Now to convince OH to get out his gear this weekend and trudge through 40-some cm of snow we still have on the ground.

Here on The Dark Side - where winter hangs on stubbornly then, bypassing spring, suddenly switches to summer - the line between too early and too late is about 15 minutes.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Committing the sin of quoting myself, but looking at the weather forecast I need help from the experts...

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I noticed that the buds are starting on the fruit trees - meaning it's time to spray, if I'm to have a chance at combatting the dreaded Blattfallkrankheit and various other fungal diseases this year.
So - fruit trees and others are in bud, meaning time to spray. We have been struggling with fungal infections (Schrottschuss, Blattfallkrankheit, rust) these last 5 years. Apparently I wasn't spraying early enough. (I *think* a copper spray like Cupromag is called for, but I need to check on that.)

But I now see that we are in for snow this weekend - then it will warm up for a few days, then the possibility of snow again. Temps should be -2 to 5, hovering around the 0-3 point most of the days.

So orchard and garden experts - should I still spray, given the weather in the next week?


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The warm-freeze-warm-freeze cycles are killing me. And my trees.

Trying to grow fruit at 800m on The Dark Side must be a sign of madness. I ought to either find a new house or find a new hobby...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

...to the above by MC (should one feel obliged to save screenspace like one does paper)

I think the effects of the freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycles are more acute because the "freeze" periods have been quite late to come, thus the trees are not shutting down as they are meant to and the microorganisms are allowed to keep at low simmer...and cone back in full-force more quickly.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hey everybody,
This is an important tip for everybody who wants to start growing plants this spring. Since right now it is sunny and beautiful, and there has been a fair amount of snowfall, you should start observing where the snow is melting fastest in your garden. Those are the places that get the most sun, and will be most optimal for plants that need lots of sunlight.
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Committing the sin of quoting myself, but looking at the weather forecast I need help from the experts...



So - fruit trees and others are in bud, meaning time to spray. We have been struggling with fungal infections (Schrottschuss, Blattfallkrankheit, rust) these last 5 years. Apparently I wasn't spraying early enough. (I *think* a copper spray like Cupromag is called for, but I need to check on that.)

But I now see that we are in for snow this weekend - then it will warm up for a few days, then the possibility of snow again. Temps should be -2 to 5, hovering around the 0-3 point most of the days.

So orchard and garden experts - should I still spray, given the weather in the next week?


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The warm-freeze-warm-freeze cycles are killing me. And my trees.

Trying to grow fruit at 800m on The Dark Side must be a sign of madness. I ought to either find a new house or find a new hobby...
I am not an expert but personally I would wait until after the weekend when it warms up again a bit and spray them.
Any vaguely warm weather is likely to result in the nasties starting to proliferate so it's better to treat them sooner rather than later.
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Hey everybody,
This is an important tip for everybody who wants to start growing plants this spring. Since right now it is sunny and beautiful, and there has been a fair amount of snowfall, you should start observing where the snow is melting fastest in your garden. Those are the places that get the most sun, and will be most optimal for plants that need lots of sunlight.
The angle of the sun is different in summer than it is now. Also things like foliage on trees may provide shade in the summer to locations that right now are getting prime sunlight.

So I wouldn't consider this indicator very accurate, overall, although in certain locations it may be useful.
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Still got quite a bit of snow here- but the borders by the house are springing into life.

Just wondering if anybody here would be interested in a perenial plant swap event mid April. I could offer the venue, and participants could bring food for a picnic. Large inside room and covered area available in case of bad weather.

Anybody?
Same post- but beat it this year by 4 days- really enjoyed pottering in the garden. It is actually very dry along the house, so used shovels of melting snow to 'water' it.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hi all, just getting out in the sun today Its great! Mostly tidying up, but bought some spring flowers to plant.. meant to do some bulbs in the autumn but ds was only 6months and i wasn't on it!! :/
Does anyone grow raspberries? Last year i cut mine down to the ground at this time and they did well. I did the same last week.. I am just a beginner with the gardening so i'm not sure how to go about fertilizing the soil after cutting them back. Can anyone direct me? Mulch? Peat moss? Liquid fertilizer?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Lots of rapsberries here. I cut half to the ground and some about 2/3rd, to spread the growing season. I make my own compost (grass cuttings, horse manure, corrugated card board, other cuttings, etc) and use it on the veg beds and raspberries + fruit trees.
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Lots of rapsberries here. I cut half to the ground and some about 2/3rd, to spread the growing season. I make my own compost (grass cuttings, horse manure, corrugated card board, other cuttings, etc) and use it on the veg beds and raspberries + fruit trees.
I make my own compost too. A mixture of kitchen leftovers and plant cuttings, leaf litter etc, also mulch from shredding branches and stuff. It's typically usable after about a year. Compost forms faster if you structure it, ie, build up alternate between layers of soft stuff (such as grass cuttings) and harder stuff (such as wood mulch) without mixing at that point, and then come back and turn it over and mix it at about the halfway point of the decay cycle.
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I get free horse manure as a neighbour puts her horse on grass in our back field- hard work picking it- but it makes excellent heating/speeding layers in between gree stuff. initially I put torn up wet corrugated cardboard for convenience, as I had some to get rid off- but it works so well I actually get neighbours to donate theirs- it's made out of wood, so acts as a perfect balancing brown layer. Got 7 large bins- including 3 huge insulating ones (bought from our Council in UK many moons ago for a fiver each) on the go all the time, and lots of red tigers worms. And of course all kitchen stuff (no meat though) and loads of leaf litter to act as insulator over winter. Works brilliantly.

Dark, rich, crumbly compost every Spring - neighbours like it too
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Thank you for the tips, i got a compost heap going last year, but didn't do any turning :/ I did alternate layers of fruit and veg leftovers and grass cuttings and leaves from tidying up.. Not sure if its usable..
Ok, so would that work if i put some cardboard down on the raspberries and covered it in grass cuttings? Or should i also turn some gemuse erde into it or something?
..when do you first start to cut your grass again?
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