BobTheGardener


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Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:19

Google "SBK Brushwood Killer" to get the correct hits - Wilko usually have it on the shelves too.

Courgette issues!

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:56

It's not unknown for seed suppliers to get their seeds mixed up and I suspect that is the case here.  You don't normally let courgettes ripen - the idea is to pick them when they are the size you want (in my opinion, the smaller they are picked, the tastier they are.)  If you leave them on the plant too long they can become huge in some varieties - basically marrows!)  If you leave them long enough to form seeds inside, the plant will often stop producing more flowers and fruit.

This weed is taking over my allotment

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:45

If it self-seeded, you will have to keep hoeing the seedlings for a few years - this and many other common weeds have a seed viability in soil of about 6-7 years (hence the phrase " One year's seeds, 7 years weeds".)  It would be worth putting black plastic or similar down if you can on any unused areas as this will make the seed germinate because of the extra heat it produces but they will then die due to lack of light.  In modern parlance, that is called 'soil solarization'.  

Plant ID, please

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:00

One of the dogwoods?

Are They Ready? What Kind?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 13:57

If the seeds are beginning to form then you have probably left them slightly too long.  I would harvest them at 6" as scroggin says.  The danger is that once seeds start forming, the plants tend to think their job is done and can stop producing new flowers and fruit;  Regular picking will give you a longer harvest period (until the weather gets too cold for them is the ideal.)

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Caterpillar for ID

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 11:35

Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass):


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/knot-grass


Hoggy - second attempt

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 19:34

Nice one sheps - a cute hog you have there!

Dahlia side shoots broke by wind

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 18:47

It will heal.  You could use a sharp knife to make it a clean cut which will help it heal quicker and lessen the chances of disease but it's not absolutely necessary.

Something on my Crapemertal

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:37

Yes indeed, sooty mould grows on the sugars dropped on top of leaves by aphids feeding on the foliage above.

Aquilegia

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:34

 They do naturally grow long tap-roots, so better to pot them on if you can't plant them out yet as Fairy said.  Too late for this year but worth getting some root trainer modules if you grow them again.  I have only been using those for a couple of years but the results are excellent for all types of deep rooted plants and veg.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Hoglet!

Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

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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