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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Drainage problem

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:30

The French drain sounds like a plan to me.  Good idea to use the landscape fabric to stop it silting up.  If you can unblock and re-use the existing pipes at the bottom, all the better.

Posh seed or weed?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:18

Heheh - it was just the best image I could find!

Posh seed or weed?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 22:59

I'm pretty sure that's the weed known as 'fat hen'.  Don't let it seed as it produces 20,000 seeds per plant - if it did come in the compost that might explain why!  See here:

good general weed identification page:

Cayenne Peppers - Pot Size

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:41

Andy, if you have enough peppers growing on the plants at their current size you could leave them be but potting-on to a larger size pot will allow the plants to keep growing in size and produce more flowers (plus they will need less watering and feeding.)  One thing to bear in mind is that if they happen to accidentally dry out for a short period, they are likely to drop all the flowers and may be reluctant to start folwering again.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:33

There are too many variables (feeding, temperature, sunlight) to have any chance or giving a sensible answer to that - try not to get so hung up on dates as plants grow according to conditions, not calendars!


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 12:30

Pumpkins and squash will keep growing until the first frost.  However, pick all the fruit and bring indoors when the first frost is forecast as they won't keep once they get even a small frosting.

Wobbly pepper

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 12:23

It's really best to use canes as the weight of the fruit is enough to snap the stems.  Mine have 3 thin canes tied at the top with a few rings of twine tied between.  Their stems are quite brittle.

Carot Flies

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 16:16

The usual advice is that they can't fly above 18" (45cm.)

Tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 16:10

Yes, if there is a growing tip appearing on the end of the flower truss, treat it as you would a sideshoot and pinch it off above the last flower.  Certain varieties do this a lot - my black russian and brandywine do it on almost every flower truss. 

French beans

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 16:04

Slugs/snails are almost certainly the problem.  They don't alwyas leave trails, so go out at night with a torch (which is when they come out to eat) to confirm.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Flowering in September 
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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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Last Post: 11/04/2013 at 18:55

New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Last Post: 16/02/2013 at 19:01

Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Last Post: 10/07/2012 at 16:52

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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