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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Aquilegia seeds

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 16:16

Yes, you can sow in pots as soon as they seed.  Some will germinate straightaway and others in the spring.  Overwintering in a cold frame is ideal.  I sowed some last year in August and they germinated within a week but they didn't grow big enough to flower this year, so by sowing now you may have a chance.

Cayenne Pepper

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:42

Good luck!   What varieties are you growing?

Cayenne Pepper

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:37

They can self-pollinate but depend on the wind (difficult to arrange indoors!)  Tapping the stem might work, but I've been using a little brush for years with excellent results, so I always recommend doing it this way.

Cayenne Pepper

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:30

Hi Singy, are you not hand-pollinating them then?  Unless the flowers are pollinated, they will do this.  It's really easy - use a small soft brush and gently go around every open flower gently poking it into the centre.  Occasional spraying with a fine mist of water from a hand spray can help, too.


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:17

Just sprayed my sweet peppers with SB Plant Invigorator after discovering a few accursed spider mite! 

I had to rummage around for an hour in order to find my magnifier to be sure after seeing a little damage on some of the leaves.

They're a blooming nuisance in my conservatory every year and I usually end up having to get some Phytoseiulus predator mites delivered, which makes the peppers expensive to grow.  Hopefully I've caught them early enough this year - we shall see..

A pity that Jeyes Fluid can't be used on UPVC windows as it stains them, otherwise I'd give it a good clean over the winter like I do the GH.  

No videos

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 12:05

Most of them are in the How To section under Projects, Video projects:

Do any of those work?  If not, you may need to install Flash player.  If you are using an Apple device, they may not be available as Apple have decided not to allow the universal Flash format to work on many of their gadgets.


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 11:34

It may be that the ladies mantle is taking all of the water and nutrients out of the soil at a critical time.  Ladies mantle grows very quickly during late spring/early summer.  I've just removed 2 ladies mantle plants as they were growing so large during flowering that they were overwhelming a couple of my favourite heucheras and I couldn't believe how far their large, tangled and fibrous root systems had spread.  Honeysuckle has a fairly shallow root system.

Plum tree problem

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 21:55

If you mean those tiny blobs on the leaf stem, my guess would be they are a reaction from the tree where an aphid has pierced the stem and has been sucking the sap.  As you have managed to get rid of the aphids I think the tree will be fine now.


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 16:06

Hi Lulubella,  You may be lucky enough to have some kind of gardening club in your area - worth a google.  There are often very experienced folk at these and many will be happy to be paid with a cup of tea and bit of cake!

Best fruit cage materials?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 15:55

What are the connectors made of?  If plastic, lubricate with a few drops of washing-up liquid as this will not react with the plastic like oil-based products can and will wash off in the rain - a plumbers trick for any kind of plastic pipe joints.  If aluminium, then remove any manufacturing burrs and tap them in with a rubber mallet.

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