BobTheGardener


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A flowering yukka??

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 10:58

They do take a few years before they start flowering but will then produce flowers in most subsequent years.  Occasionally they may not produce any which will be down to the weather.

Cauliflower

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:48

I agree with scroggin and will add that they are probably the hardest 'ordinary' veg to grow well for gardeners.  Planting them deep (right up to the lowest leaves) and firming the soil well around the roots when planting helps.  I think they prefer heavy soils, so clay would be best and light sandy soils are probably going to lead to disappointment.

Plant DNA

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:26

Interestingly, research has now shown that genetic variation can occur within a single tree:

http://www.nature.com/news/tree-s-leaves-genetically-different-from-its-roots-1.11156

Just to throw a spanner in the works!  Fascinating stuff.

Tulips in a Mixed Border

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:18

To give them the best chance of coming back, plant them deep (8" = 20cm) if you leave them in the ground.  

Blueberry

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:12

Mine are all now in 50cm pots scroggin and they do well.  I re-pot in spring as that is when the roots start growing.  Over the years I have lost a couple when the roots rotted due to poor drainage and I think I may have potted those on in autumn so they could have been sitting in soggy compost over winter.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 22:59

Coreopsis?

tiny black flying bugs

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 14:23

Probably two different insects.  The ones on your courgette flowers are almost certainly pollen beetles.  Those eat pollen but cause no real damage.  The ones making sitting outside unpleasant are probably thrips aka 'thunderbugs' or 'thunderflies'.

moving a maple

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 12:05

It's always very risky with such an established tree.  If you attempt it, you need to take as large a rootball as possible.  There's some good advice regarding that on this site:

http://www.japanesemaplesonline.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/home.showpage/pageID/11/index.htm

If you do move it, avoid planting it anywhere where it will get early morning sun as that will damage fresh new growth in early spring, so an east-facing border is not recommended.  Also avoid anywhere open or windy - they need a sheltered site with some shade.

Insect Identification

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 11:53

It's the caterpillar of the Rusty Tussock Moth, sometime known as Vapourer (Origuia antiqua.)  Their food source is varied but mainly trees and shrubs, so your tomatoes should be safe!

It likely just chose your greenhouse to pupate as it is nice and sheltered.

http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=2026

 

Suddenly afflicted Kale - not sure what disease/pest

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 01:01

I think they are single eggs from the small cabbage white but it is difficult to tell from photo's.  If Sophie uses a hand lens to look at them closely all will be revealed!   if they look like this:


 then they are Pieris rapae eggs.

 

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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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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Drought

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

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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