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Can anyone identify these two varieties?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 17:27

Yes, medlars are pretty much inedible until they have been frosted (and some would say almost rotting.)

Leek growing

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 16:44

Yes, looks like leek moth or leek fly damage to me.  They are both leaf miners and eat the leaf from the inside before pupating.  See the RHS info on those two, here:

Allium fly:

which also includes advice on dealing with each of them.  Personally, given the damage levels, I would lift and use them asap.  I lost a whole crop a couple of years ago and pulled them all but last year escaped any serious damage so sacrificing now may help you avoid the issue next year.  Or not!


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 16:31

Couple of butterflies enjoying the sunshine and ivy flowers today.

Red Admiral:



and a bumblebee:

The ivy flowers are absolutely smothered in other bees, wasps, hoverflies and other unidentified insects - ivy is a real gold (erm.. nectar!) mine for them.

Is my Hibiscus dead ?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:42

If it's not been planted long then you could move it otherwise you'll just need to remember to water it regularly.

bulb planting depth

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:39

Daffs generally go at the bottom and it's difficult to plant them too deep but, if growing them with tulips, I recommend you put the tulips at the bottom and use smaller, very early flowering daffodil types above them.  The large, later flowering types can look a bit messy in containers in my opinion, particularly if you will be leaving them there - remember that you need to let the leaves die back naturally so you want the untidy daffodil leaves to die back asap. 

Nail in tree trunk

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 19:34

Aluminium nails are best as they don't corrode like steel ones and won't damage chainsaws if the tree is later felled.  Not something found in the average workshop though!

Is my Hibiscus dead ?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:50

They are slow to establish and don't really start doing anything until the second year.  They need a sunny spot to do well and flower.  It might be a bit dry there too, planted close to the wall - I would have planted it a bit further out.

Leek growing

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:42

No need to keep the holes clear Loz, just let them gradually fill in themselves as rain washes soil in and the leeks will grow perfectly well.  They are greedy feeders, so worth digging-in well rotted manure before planting.  I also hoe-in a sprinkling of fish, blood & bone later in the season.  Strangely, slugs have never been a problem for my leeks although they attack everything else!


Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:22

All cordon type tomatoes could be grown like that Tony, but the problem is length of season in the UK.  Commercial growers grow them to 20ft or more but they use artificial light and heat or grow them in countries much nearer to the equator.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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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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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

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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