Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tomato Bell Pepper Hybrid??

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 18:59

Yes, there are some varieties shaped like that so agree that it's likely a stray seed.  If you like them it would be interesting to save some seed and see how they grow next year - may be similar or may not.  Like nut, lots of folk had yellow tomatoes from seed labeled 'Gardeners delight' (there's a thread on it I think) so there must have been a mixup with a wholesale seed supplier.

comfrey roots?

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 20:47

Now you've mentioned that they are growing on an allotment, I'm 100% certain they are Jerusalem artichokes (aka sunchokes.)  Probably the variety called 'Gerard' which have the red colouration as opposed to the more common 'Fuseau' which are cream coloured.

comfrey roots?

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 19:09

Comfrey roots are thick, dark brown (white inside) quite brittle and go down a long way (several feet) so I think you have something else there.  As nut says, a photo would be really useful.

Edit: You posted the photo while I was typing!
Those look very much like Jerusalem artichoke tubers to me, or possibly something else in the sunflower family.

Last edited: 10 September 2017 19:12:05

Cosmos very tall!

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:56

I'm growing 'Dwarf Cosmos Sonata mixed' and they are only dwarf compared the the 6ft monsters (ie the normal types I usually grow!)  These are 3-4ft and most are now in flower but it was a long time coming which I'm putting down the the weather - just not a very warm summer which is what they need and get in their native habitat (Mexico.)

Advice please! - espalier formative pruning

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 15:45

Can you not raise the horizontal wire by 3-4 inches?  Sometimes you just have to adjust to nature rather than the other way around.

Strange insects

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 14:57

They look like sawflies but couldn't tell you which one.

Edit: spot-on Alan:

Last edited: 09 September 2017 15:01:15

plum moth..and other things

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 12:59

I agree with Borderline's and Iain's comments.  One thing you can do to help reduce insect problems next year is to remove all fallen fruit and leaves from the ground beneath the trees after all the leaves have fallen.  The reason is that the larvae will come out of the leaves and fruit and then pupate in the leaf litter and surface of the soil, so once clear give the surface a good hoeing a couple of times over a week and let the birds get in there to feed on any pupae which you will have uncovered.  Then lay a good layer (at least a couple of inches thick) of well-rotted manure on the surface which will also feed the trees for next year.

Last edited: 09 September 2017 13:00:17

Globe Artichokes

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 11:42

They are very large plants and mine have 2 main stems about an inch and a half in diameter and 5ft tall.  The flowers are very heavy too, so a square container of 50x50cm minimum to prevent being blown over would be needed IMO.

Strange plant!

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 20:38

It might be Solidago canadensis (goldenrod) but was sown too late to flower this year.

Last edited: 07 September 2017 20:39:40

Gooseberry moving

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 18:40

You should be fine to move them any time after all the leaves have dropped.  They are relatively young at 3yo so will soon recover but do make sure to move them with as large a rootball as you can manage.  If you find any roots which you can't remove then cut them cleanly rather than letting them tear.

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