BobTheGardener


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Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:22

The beauty of these devices is that they'll destroy any seeds too, which is particularly useful for weeds growing in the cracks of paving etc.

Unidentifiable rampant tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:18

Viv, post photos and we will do our best in identifying the cause of the problems with your other shrubs & trees!

Last edited: 18 September 2016 16:19:05

late chilli plants

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:43

Superb, Pete - I'll definitely be trying that variety next year!  Where did you get the seeds from?

What is this?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:34

I agree with Dove - better to coppice it than lose it completely!

Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:36

Why not just spray them Tim?  Something like Provado will get taken in to the plant and is the only way I've ever managed to deal with a stubborn scale insect infestation.  I don't mind using Provado on house plants as there are no beneficial insects to worry about.

Apple Harvesting

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:32

The easiest way to tell if they are ready is to gently lift and twist half a turn.  If the apple comes away in your hand it is ready.  You can eat straightaway or store.  If you store them, make sure they don't touch each other (placing them on cardboard egg box bottoms placed in a larger box is one way of doing that.)

late chilli plants

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:25

Agree with Pete about growing them in pots.  In the UK, it is rarely warm enough for long enough for the plants to crop outside.  Pots also warm up faster and are easy to move to somewhere warmer when necessary.  I grow mine in a cold greenhouse and in an unheated conservatory often putting them outside in sunny weather.  I overwintered several plants (both chillies and sweet peppers) in the conservatory last year and they are far ahead of my seed-sown ones which are only just starting to ripen;  I've been eating the overwintered ones for a couple of months.  We did have an extremely mild winter though which helped the overwintering.  In other years I've lost half or more of them in the conservatory.


These were sown in Feb (pic taken end of July):



These were overwintered (pic taken same time as above):



Both in the conservatory.

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:48

PS, if the potted runners send out their own runners, pinch those out as soon as you see them.

Ornamental Tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:46

Yes, cut just above an upward and outward facing bud Pelo.  Side branches will also form from shoots which will appear at some of the leaf joints further back from the cut.

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:41

Yes, remove the ones you don't want to pot as runners take energy from the mother plant which is now building itself up for next year's crop.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

 
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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32

Hoglet!

Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

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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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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