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Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:09

Westward Hoe!

The Three Mosquitoes

Chili Willy

Quantum of Spinach

I'll get me coat..

Whats eating my Tomatoes?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:18

I'm with WO and would say caterpillars of the tomato moth if you don't find any slugs.  They are indeed incredibly good at hiding so will be tricky to find - try looking in the gap between canes, string or other supports and the stems.  On a very quiet night you can hear them munching!

Pear tree

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:51

Pear rust is a leaf fungus and affects a tree differently each year - sometimes it will have no effect and in other years it may well be particularly bad and stress the tree badly so it will drop its fruit.  Nothing you can do really other than make sure the tree is well fed.  It only affects pear trees, so your apples won't be affected.

Bugs attacking herbs. ID help!

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:45

Might be adult froghoppers (their larvae live in 'cuckoo spit') or flea hoppers, which are sap-suckers.

Green Potatoes

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:33

Yes, they will be fine for use as seed potatoes, if you can keep them cool enough for long enough (otherwise they will sprout far to early.)  There's a risk of them harbouring viral diseases, which is why it's recommended to buy fresh seed potatoes each year.  No harm in trying though.

Sweetcorn

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:28

Just an interesting fact for you:  Every single kernel on each cob sends its own tassel up to the top of the cob which is why there are so many.  A grain of pollen must fall onto each tassel otherwise the individual kernel connected to that tassel will not develop and is why you sometimes see this:

http://www.honeybeesuite.com/what-is-incomplete-pollination/corn-incomplete/

Nature is amazing and it's sometimes not obvious why things like this evolve the way they have!

Alkanet seedling identification.

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 14:40

Alkanet seedling identification.

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 13:11

A fine collection of garden weed seedlings!  It's a bit early to ID them yet as Edd said, but the one with the largest leaves near the front is the only one I'd say is probably alkanet.

Growing a fruit tree in a pot

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 19:26

You'll need a large pot to grow plums - there isn't as much choice due to a limited number of dwarfing rootstocks.  Try googling for "patio plum" to see the sort of thing available which might be suitable.

Hazelnut trees - What are your experiences?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 19:11

One benefit is that a coppiced tree will live much longer than a single trunk (natural lifespan of a Hazel is about 50 years) - some coppiced Hazels are hundreds of years old and another is that you get a free supply of poles and pea supports.

It might be difficult to train one as a single trunk as Hazel's natural habit is to grow as a multi-stemmed shrub/tree.  When you need to prune it to keep it within your stated bounds, it is very likely to keep throwing up new stems from below ground, so you'd need to keep on top of that.  It's certainly possible though as many young filbert and cobnut trees are supplied that way.

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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