plum moth..and other things
We inherited 4 apple trees, 2 pear, 2 plum, a damson and 2 crab apple trees on our allotment,damson is fine, made lots of jam, crab apples too, made jelly with elderberries, yum,now.... pears taste great but have rust on some leaves, and skins are a bit scabby and marked, apples, 2 are fine, (no idea of varieties or even if they'r e eating or cooking types ) 2 have very scabby skins ( will check inside those this weekend) main problem is the plums, I'm 99.9% sure they're Victoria, got absolutely loads, brought 3 bagfuls home, we were all looking forward to scoffing them straight away, when i thought I'd just have a little check... at least 50% have caterpillars insude, we're gutted! Especially the littlies who were hoping to do what they did with the raspberries and eat their own bodyweight whilst picking! Lots of advice needed please on how to improve thing for next year's harvest and avoid the pests,we are total beginners and need help! Oh yes... and regarding raspberries, they're very crowded, I think some are summer (we were picking in late June) and some Autumn (we were picking last weekend) I'm unsure which are which and therefore how to treat (prune) Thanks very much for any advice in advance!