Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Chaenomeles question

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 14:14

I would give it a go as 30cm is a fair bit of soil as long as you use garden soil or JI #3, either mixed with some well-rotted manure.  You may have to water it often but you'd need to do so even more often in a pot, especially as it will be under the eaves.  They are fairly slow growers so it's not going to become rampant and require huge amounts of water.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 14:09

Hope so as they are cheap enough (£3.89 on ebay) but looks like some of the screws have 'torx' heads, so might cost a bit more for a torx screwdriver set if jbol doesn't have one.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 13:58

Drive belt?

Tomato varieties

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 19:05

Rose De Berne.  I've not grown that one but can recommend Pink Brandywine if you like a large pink beefsteak tomato.

Tomatoes just won't ripen

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 18:47

I think I can see some grey mould (Botrytis) on the truss stems - the tomatoes on the end of those may not ripen if they didn't mature enough before the stem was killed.

Look for this furry grey mould on other stems and cut affected parts off as it produces clouds of spores which will quickly affect other stems and leaves.

Last edited: 19 August 2017 18:47:47

Plant ID

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 13:29

It's a Persicaria - I think maybe the weedy one called Redshank.

Last edited: 19 August 2017 13:31:08

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 13:25

You have  reduce the size before you upload it, using a program on your computer or an app if on a phone.

A different type of tomatoe disease

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 13:10

You can grow other things in the compost, just avoid tomatoes and potatoes which are both susceptible to this particular type of blight.  Blight spores are everywhere and carried in the air but only take hold when conditions are right which is in warm humid conditions.  Wet leaves are often the first part of the plant to be infected so if you can cover your tomato plants next year to protect them from the rain that may help in reducing the chances of another infection.  That is why it is recommended to only water the roots of tomatoes grown in a geenhouse but you obviously can't avoid leaves getting wet from rain when grown outside unless you can somehow cover them.

A different type of tomatoe disease

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 12:36

Sorry to say but that's blight and all you can do is remove and burn all affected stems (they are the dead grey or brown ones.)  Even if you do that, the remaining green stems will almost certainly go the same way but you have nothing to lose in trying.  Affected fruit won't harm you but they will likely be blighted before they ripen.  Whatever you do, don't put anything from the plant onto your compost heap and if you can't burn it, put it in your black waste bin.

Allotment progress.

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 12:27

Excellent and I can see lots of your mountains of chippings have been put to good use, Hosta!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Wrong variety but happy 
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New greenhouse

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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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Some things to do now 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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