Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Drainage for brick raised bed

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 16:35

I think we'll need to see a photo Alex.

Wrong plant in the wrong place?

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 16:33

It's probably still concentrating on growing roots so I would give it more time.  A new rose will take more than a few months to establish properly.


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 16:27

Looks like a variety of clematis montana judging by the growth habit and leaves.  Those flower on old wood in the spring so you should know early next year.  They are rampant growers so give it plenty of new trellis to climb.  One plant can cover several fence panels and it's often used to cover old sheds etc.  It gets quite heavy.

Tomatoes and basil

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 18:26

I know what you mean Lou - when asked what I grow, the answer is 'ratatouille'!

Tomatoes and basil

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:13

Did you harden off the basil before planting it?  Basil is very sensitive to temperature change and leaves turning white is the usual sign of this.

Shriveled chilli leaves

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 11:11

Yep, that's all you can do really Markos.  It will prevent the virus being transmitted from the infected plants by aphids should those attack again.

What is wrong with my Chilly plants?

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:49

I agree with Dove but think this plant is  too far gone and would replace it.  Chillies and sweet peppers do not need pinching out so ignore any advice which recommends doing that.

Pepper plant with blisters on underside of leaf

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:43

Looking at the small pots I think it's the plants reacting to water stress so would re-pot them into larger pots.  Another possibility is spider mite.  You will need to use a magnifying glass to see if you have those on the underside of the leaves as they are too small to see with the naked eye.

Shriveled chilli leaves

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 00:35

Fully agree with Dave.

Plum tree leaves

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 00:25

Shot hole disease, Passionate.  Trees are much more susceptible when there is lots of wet weather about (ring any bells?!)  Some tips here:

Due to the unavailability of suitable fungicides these days (withdrawn as they were found to be toxic or carcinogenic to humans and other animals), your best bet is to remove the worst affected parts and clear the ground when the leaves have all dropped in winter.  Lay a couple of inches of well-rotted manure under the tree as a mulch after clearing all dead leaves (which should be burnt) which will cover any spores on the ground and help feed the tree so it will be stronger and better able to fight off infection in the spring.  You could also give the trunk and branches a spray with a 'winter tree wash' in winter which also reduce the chances of it coming  back next year.

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