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KG PROBLEM SOLVER

GOT A FRUIT OR VEG PROBLEM? ASK KG FOR HELP

STICKY PLUMS

My ‘Victoria’ plum tree is 20 years or more old and has fruited well over the years. In recent seasons a small proportion of the fruit has oozed a syrupy substance. This year all fruit succumbed to this: was it due to the stress of this summer heat or is it a progressive and fatal disease?

Heather Richardson, Essex

David Patch, professional nurseryman R V Roger Ltd

DAVID SAYS: This is normally a sign that a bug of some sort is burrowing into the fruit. The best course of action is to put a grease band on the tree in October. This prevents female moths from climbing the tree to lay eggs. Good hygiene will help break the cycle of infection, so rake up any windfalls and remove any fruit which stay on the tree and ‘mummify’. I would then strongly recommend winter washing your tree in December – this will kill any overwintering pests

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: ON THE VEG PATCH This month Joyce Russell takes over our jobs on the plot feature. Joyce is busy tending to leeks, preparing bean trenches, sorting seeds and lifting celeriac IN THE GREENHOUSE KG regular Martin Fish moves into the greenhouse and polytunnel from this issue and is having a winter clean up, preparing the soil for spring crops and pruning grapes THE CULTIVATED PLOT In the first part of his new series, Graham Strong gets his new plot into shape for spring sowings MEET THE BLOGGERS This month we meet Hayley Moisley, a young blogger with a bright future in the world of allotment gardening