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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 11:02

Thirded!  I find Honeoye are one of the varieties which you need to keep an eye on as far as nipping-out runners is concerned as they seem to keep producing them for most of the year.  Just had a look at my strawberry raised beds and it looks like I need to get some vine weevil predators watered in fast while the weather holds - quite a few leaves showing typical damage from adults - notches eaten out of leaf edges..

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:54

Tubers are basically swollen roots which act as a food store, so the unswollen ends of the roots look just like normal plant roots.  I grow all my dahlias from seed each year and they all produce tubers, but late-sown ones may not have time to produce large enough tubers to survive the Winter by the time the frosts come.  Regular dead-heading will encourage tuber formation as if seeds are allowed to form the plant may decide to put all of its energy into those instead - plants do whatever is most efficient in order to reproduce or survive.

Identify a plant

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:45

Hi Shelley, it's Lords & Ladies aka Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) a British wild plant.  The poisonous berries contain seeds which make this plant spread rather invasively, so I always remove the stems as soon as the berries look like they'll start falling, but do leave them as long as possible to admire their beauty. 

kiwi fruit

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 18:36

The RHS say pruning is important to help them produce fruit.  Their very detailed advice is here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=600

I have to hack mine back hard and often (and with no ill effects) as they are rampant!  They are a tough plant.

Site is not working

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 18:49

If using a PC, pressing Ctrl-F5 seems to help in Internet Explorer.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 09:42

Forum hardly working at all - just hot threads used with refresh.  Nothing else operates here..

Fungus

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 19:02

Those are only the fruiting bodies - the main fungal body (mycelium) is likely growing within the roots of the stump.  That's actually a very good thing as it will break the dead roots down into something your plants can eventually feed on.  The mushrooms look a bit like ink caps - I occasionally find those growing where I've use a bark mulch.

Help to identify unknown plant!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 01:30

It's one of the Nightshades, probably Black Nightshade, quite an invasive weed.

Look up "Solanum nigrum".

House plants

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 15:45

Cyclamen persicum grandiflorum - easy to grow, fantastic flowers and scent for 3-6 months including Christmas and if treated properly last for 10 years or more:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/31473.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/31474.jpg?width=240&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Apple tree

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 22:31

I agree goldfinch2 - the apple will never do well planted that close to a mature Magnolia.  I guess whoever planted them didn't realise just how big some Magnolias can grow - a common oversight.  Modern grafted Magnolias are much more well behaved.  I grow a number of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing rootstock and they are very productive - there's a huge range of 'patio' fruit trees these days so you should be able to find something which will suit whichever way you wish to grow one.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
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