Tuesday, 22 March 2011
We've had the wildest patch of the plot under carpet for a good 18 months now, and this is where the potatoes are going to go this year. So I also made a start on uprooting the remaining stubborn weeds (mainly dock!), Going to have to be quick though as the potatoes are busily chitting away!
Finally I noticed that the blackcurrant bushes have a bad case of "big bud". This is where the leaves do not develop properly, and can harbour a mite which lives within the bud, and can carry a disease which affects the plant, and reduces the crop. Last year we had this a little, and I pruned out the affected branches, we still had a decent crop of blackcurrants. However, this year the bushes are extensively affected. I will have to cut it back severely and see if that sorts the problem out. However, I fear that the crop this year will be compromised. There is no treatment for this that I am aware of, but should anyone know any different, I would love to hear it!