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Talkback: A good year for tomato crops

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:06

Those are the caterpillars of the Tomato moth.  The full name is Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea.)  Both the moth and the caterpillars are most active at night.  The caterpillars are very good at hiding - check along the stems and any supports, twine etc, especially where any vertical sections are covered by a leaf.  If you go out during the night and have good hearing, you can actually track them down by following the munching sounds!

Slugs

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 18:54

From experience and owning a keeled slug infested garden (they are likely what you have), the most resistant varieties I've tried are Kestrel, Blue Kestrel, Romano, Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Axona none of which get any significant damage.  The latter two are also blight resistant, a nice bonus.  Other less resistant varieties which do well for me are King Edward, Golden Wonder, Desiree.  Any other varieties (and I've tried many!) come out 'holier than the Pope'!

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:21

There are some bell peppers which stay green when ripe, too..

What is this strange plant growing on a gorse?!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:16

There's a wonderful time-lapse video on one of David Attenborough's Life of Plants episodes which shows Dodder growing.  The BBC have that clip available here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p0085nk0#p009c58h

I love the background music - so apt!

I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:27

Well done nut!  Must get my shed done soon - I think there's a barbecue in there which I was given but have never used (and never will) so I could use the space for some of the endless stacks of empty pots I never have space for.  I'd have a go at the cuttings - nothing to lose!  

Talkback: Loch Ness blackberries

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:21

My Loch Ness is about 5-6 years old and normally sends up about 4 or 5 new canes each year.  The old (fruited) canes are cut back to the ground after fruiting (I usually do that in the winter.)  The canes are very substantial and need little if any support - they are too strong to be twined around wires, just spread them into a fan and hold in place - each one tied to a single horizontal wire stretched between the fence posts would be sufficient.  Mine is about 8 foot tall and 6 foot wide so just about right for your position.  Kenmuir has a brilliant pdf with everything you need to know:

http://www.kenmuir.co.uk/image/data/pdf/Growing%20Guides/Blackberries.pdf

Slimy Fungus on gravel

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 00:42

If you read this whole thread, the only reported success is baking soda which is also the least noxious and damaging chemical mentioned, so why not try that first?

Black bugs

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 14:56

There are a lot of larval stages which stinkbugs go through and the shoulders don't appear in many of them until they start getting to adult size.  There are also a lot of species!  It's really tricky (as you have found!) as most stages for each species aren't well documented with photos, so that's still my best guess.  It might be worth looking for some specialist forums and asking on those?

Ornamental Cherrytree - is ours dead?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 14:47

Remember to cut the logs asap and keep them dry until you burn them otherwise most of the heat will go into making steam from the water content. 

onions

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 14:29

"Drying out" onions simply means lifting them from the ground so that the roots are exposed to the air.  You do this after the tops have already died off.  The roots will then die and this ensures the bulbs go into a dormant state.  Many simply lift them and lay them on their sides on the ground next to the row for a week or so.  Whether they become wet from any rain is irrelevant, but you don't want to put them in storage while physically wet so just wait until a dry day to do that last bit.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05
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