BobTheGardener


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Tiny lettuce

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 00:38

I agree, looks like lollo rosso.  If you want to grow a large, crunchy, tight-headed lettuce, iceberg types are reliable and easy to grow.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 23:12

Oops, I somehow missed the side view - not sure about artichoke now but I always eat them before that stage!

Last edited: 10 August 2016 23:13:24

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 22:51

I think the thistle thing is a globe artichoke.

I.D. Please

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 21:12

Agree, looks like majoram or oregano and needs a scent test to be sure.

Rotting onions

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 18:46

Hopefully, it's not white rot:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=226


Monty had this on a recent Gardener's World in the onions in his raised bed as he can no longer grow them in the ground due to this disease.  The best advice regardless of whether it is this or another disease is to destroy the affected ones and don't put them on the compost heap.

Cucumbers shrivelling up

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 11:16

I suspect spider mite damage, judging by those leaves.  They can be controlled by a natural predator, see here:


http://www.greengardener.co.uk/product.asp?id_pc=4&cat=12


Other suppliers are available of course.  They are expensive but you'll find nothing else really works and even the predators will not resurrect plants damaged by a heavy infestation.

Garlic varieties?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 10:57

If you don't mind a milder garlic taste, the largest possible cloves come from Elephant garlic.  I'm harvesting mine now which were planted last autumn and each individual clove is as big a whole bulb of a normal garlic.

Last edited: 07 August 2016 10:58:19

Can anyone help identify this "berry" tree?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 18:17

Agree with crab-apple.  Some trees produce berry-sized fruit.  See if you can find it here:


http://www.pippintrees.co.uk/search.aspx?ps=28

Last edited: 06 August 2016 18:19:15

too late for swede?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 15:37

Agree, they need a long growing season.  You have time to sow beetroot, chinese and winter cabbage and I've had crops of kholrabbi when sown this late.

Pruning a wisteria

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 15:27

If it's grafted, it looks to be just above soil level.  If you want to train it up wires attached to the wall, I would prune it where the straight red lines are, below.  This will remove the section which is growing away from the wall (and which already may be damaged where the red circle is) and leaves a couple of branches, one of which will become the new main stem.  The growth along the soil at the bottom may be from below the graft so remove that too.


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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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