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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Problem identifying and treating pear disease

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:40

I hope you find something which works, Mario.  If you have any success, it would be helpful to other members if you can post back your results.  There was another thread recently suspecting this disease and I wonder if the mild Winter we had means many more of the mites have survived than is normally the case.

What's eaten my brocollii, cabbage and cauli

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:32

That looks very much like woodpigeon damage to me.  Do you have those in your area?  If so, the only prevention is netting.  Without nets, they have devastated my brassicas in the past.

Front Garden

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:37

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is a great evergreen groundcover which has violet/blue flowers which appear for much of the year and tolerates any conditions.  You could use that to cover the whole area and grow a few taller plants through it.


Irregular tumbled bluestone

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:20

Blue slate might be the nearest stuff in the UK.  There are slate quarries in Cornwall which may be able to supply irregular sized pieces (commonly known as crazy paving in the UK.)

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:05

Like nutcutlet, when I took over 'temporary stewardship' of this once overgrown patch, there was one growing in a corner, so I looked after it, having a penchant for wild flowers.  Now I find it everywhere, despite always disposing of the red spikes of seeds before they went soft and start to fall.  Like celandine, once you have this, you have it forever!

The mystery of the closed greenhouse

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:54

I too would suspect mice.  The places they can reach are incredible - they are quite amazing little acrobats!

Tomato Pollination

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:12

Tomatoes are self-pollinating but you can help by gently brushing you hand over the flowers or shaking/tapping the stems.  Insects can help of course but they aren't crucial.

Courgettes or Cucumbers?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:07

No problem, OL.

Usually, the biggest problem with courgette Defender is picking them quick enough before they turn into marrows!  Crown Prince can be a bit reluctant to set fruit and you have to hope there is a male flower available when a female is open.  I use a very soft makeup brush to gently transfer pollen from the male to the females.  You have to be very careful as any damage at all to the centre part (stigma) of the female flower will cause the whole flower to drop off after a few days.  If a male flower appears and no female, you can pick it off and keep it in the fridge for a few days to increase your chances.

Hand pollination is best done early in the morning, as soon as the female flower opens.

Problem identifying and treating pear disease

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 16:56

It could be Pear Leaf Blister Mite.  If so, there's not much you can do but it is said to not significantly affect the health or fruiting ability of the tree.

The advice above is to remove affected leaves and shoots but doing that may cause more harm than good if most of the tree is affected:



Courgettes or Cucumbers?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 16:39

Not bad at all Tricia!    Here's the annotated photo:

A = Courgette "Defender"

B = Winter squash "Crown Prince"

C = Winter squash "Autumn Crown"

D = Pumpkin "Summer Ball"

E = Cucumber "Bella"

F = Winter squash "Barbara"

G = Winter squash "Harrier"

H = Winter squash "High sugar (mixed)"


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