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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:41

Sorry Matty, I did know but forgot!

Pinching Tomatoes

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:30

Yes, never pinch-out the main growing tip until the plants have reached the maximum height you want them to grow to.  If you accidentally break off the main shoot tip, leave just one side shoot and this will take over and become the new main stem. 

Honeysuckle losing leaves

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:22

All 'evergreen' plants lose their leaves, it's just that we rarely notice.  I think Hostafan's analysis is very likely spot-on and there's nothing to worry about.

Campanula Dying Back

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 18:39

Tip it out of its pot and check for vine weevil, Owen.  Overwatering could certainly be the problem, too.

What have I got here

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 20:13

Something just popped-up from the deep dark recesses - one of the Nicotianas, perhaps?

What is this?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 20:02

If it looks like the one at the bottom of this page (not the top photo), it's creeping wood sorrel (oxalis corniculata), a real nuisance:

You need to get the complete root out when pulling it (easier said than done!)

What have I got here

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:13

Initially I thought it looked like a brassica of some kind but those fine hairs at the base of the leaves don't look right for that.  I seem to recognise it but can't quite put my finger on it at the moment.  Something is having a munch at it, so hope it survives long enough for identification, nut!

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:05

Hi Daisy, Brassicas and brussels in particular do need firm soil to prevent wind-rock which damages the roots and leads to 'blown' sprouts, so Matty is doing the right thing in his raised beds when growing them.  As you have the choice, I'd agree with you and use the traditional bed for brussels, reserving your raised beds for 'value added' veg and those which don't need as much space as brassicas.

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:05

Hi Heather, this will grow in almost complete shade if you need to brighten a dark corner.  On the downside, it spreads by underground runners and can be invasive, so keep your eye on it!


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:02

Hi all,

I put up my new 4x2m polytunnel a couple of weeks ago and haven't looked inside since.  The ground was clear when I erected it..

At least I know it's working!  Definitely now have a job for when the rain comes later today!

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Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Planted many years ago 
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