BobTheGardener


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Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 13:54

Agree with fidgetbones.  Some of them may have died though - I have a success rate of about 75% when planting bare-root raspberries, regardless of type.  When planted in rows, nearby plants always send enough runners to colonise the gaps (and usually lots of other places where they are not wanted, too!)  It may take a couple of years before they become fully 'rampant'.

Last edited: 11 September 2016 13:55:08

I can't identify this plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 13:48

Indian Pokeweed (Phytolacca acinosa):


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/indian-pokeweed


Same stuff asAmerican Pokeweed.  Variable.

Last edited: 11 September 2016 13:50:18

Pear tree leaves

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 19:19

Do both Huddy.  Some years are worse than others but it's always worth keeping a close eye on your pears then pick off any leaves as soon as you see an orange spot appear.

Coloured beds but mixed Tulip bulbs...

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 19:11

Sometimes it's possible to separate mixed packs by looking at the shape, and colour of the bulb skins but only if they are mixed varieties.  Personally, I no longer buy mixed packs and if they come as free offers they only get planted into pots.

Last edited: 10 September 2016 19:12:00

Pear tree leaves

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 19:05

Pear rust.  Remove all affected leaves.  The disease needs two hosts with Juniper being the other one, so removing any nearby junipers will help to lessen the chances of it reappearing next year.

Aftercare of tree lilies

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 19:01

Wait until the stems are dead and pull away easily from the bulb.  Don't cut the stems while they are green as they are still feeding the bulbs ready for next year.

Manure

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 19:03

I've used over a hundred bags of this brand and they do occasionally smell when they have been in the sun, which makes the bacteria which break down organic matter become active.  Nothing to worry about.  Ammonia is part of the smell, is a natural product of rotting down and is used to make high-nitrate fertilizer.   In fact, I've used it straight out of the bag mixed 50/50 with MPC to grow squashes and aubergines this year with no ill effects on the plants.


Yes, late autumn is good.

Unhappy grapevine!

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 01:00

That looks like typical powdery mildew damage with one clue being the split fruits.  Because you haven't regularly pruned the vine, it is growing too much foliage for the roots to support and therefore isn't getting enough water.  This, together with the overcrowded foliage which restricts the flow of air creates perfect conditions for powdery mildew to thrive.  Being in a pot is exasperating the situation.  It probably needs a good feed too.


I would cut it right back this winter and research pruning methods.  They are tough plants and will survive a severe hacking back as long as you do it well before growth starts in the spring, otherwise it will bleed to death. Late November is ideal.  Correct pruning is essential if you want a healthy vine and  lots of fruit.


Start with the RHS site for basic info.


Diseases:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=569


Pruning:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=284


Given the location against a wall, you should probably use the rod and spur pruning system:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=286


I'm sure you will be able to nurse it back to health though. 

Last edited: 08 September 2016 01:05:16

Seedling id please

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 19:00

Verbena bonariensis seedlings look very similar to those.

AT LAST! A SOLUTION FOR WORM CASTS???

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 18:55

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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New trees 
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Thieving rodents 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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