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Aspragus, pumpkin, apple and plum tree questions.


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Aspragus, pumpkin, apple and plum tree questions. Reply with quote

Just a couple of thing happening in the garden & I'm unsure what to do if anything.

Firstly planted some aspragus seeds ages ago not expecting them to take but they have & now I'm not sure what to do with them. Should they be seperated. I know it'll will be years before anything comes of them bit I want to see if I can keep them alive Confused Laughing

* my pumpkin seems off colour. some of the leaves & stalks are very yellow. this didnt happen last year just wondering if its lacking anything.

* My apple tree has a small branch that seems poorly. this branch I noticed last year had alot of bugs on it. is it diseased should i cut it off ?

* My plum tree is going crazy. I cut it right back & in the last few weeks its sprouted branches all over the place. I'm just wondering would I damage it by cutting it back now, its fruiting well.

all advice welcome Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diagnostic Key:Diseases of Cucurbit Leaves

http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/diagnostickeys/CucurLeaf/CucLeafKey.html#Aster

Cucurbit Disorders
A Guide to the Identification of Common Problems
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/Cucurbit/intro.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the asparagus plants canbe teased out carefully from each other and either potted into individual 6-8 inch pots of soil or compost or planted into beds or rows 6-8 inches apart immediately and left there for over a year and planted into permanent quarters.
The pumpkin shows either nitrogen deficiency or mosaic virus.
the apple tree i cannot comment on as the symptoms are unclear but I think it might be apple mildew, so cut out diseased shoot and give plent air.
The plum tree was cut back too severely but it will recover
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys,
I did cut the plum tree back a good bit Embarassed will perhaps look for advice next year when pruning again so I wont have the same problem. Had the sweetest fruit of it last year so would hate to destroy it Shocked

think best to cut that small branch off hopefully if wont affect the rest of the tree.

I dont think its mosaic virus the pumkin has. no curling up of the leaves & they are quite large. was planted in pure home compost maybe this is the problem. would tomatoe feed help Question

Would the asparagus do better in the pots or the beds I have a space that could be the permanent bed. Would it benefit by staying indoors until next year or is harding off outside better Question
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pumpkins would benefit from tomato feed right now.
asparagus would be better off going out now to a permanent bed as it is far easier to transplant and harden off a seedling rather than a large plant next year. pot grown plants make for easier transplanting and mobility but they take more time in watering and feeding.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks , re asparagus: is it warm enough to just plant it out or should I leave the tray out during the day for a few week before planting out
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