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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 19:00

Verdun, yep - I usually grow a few outside too.  Although last year was terrible for outside toms (and none too brilliant for those in the GH!), the Sungold were the only ones to provide any fruit outside.

What tree is this?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 18:53

I've just noticed the house seems to be called "Fig Tree Cottage."  Might be a clue, but not sure it looks like a fig to me?

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 16:36

Planted mine in a windowsill propagator on Friday and the first 3 came up today

The germinated ones all happen to be Sungold (I have 8 different types on the go.)  Must say I've been impressed with Sungold for the last 5 years or so that I've been growing them as they are always the first to start ripening, the last to finish cropping and are one of the sweetest and tastiest of all the types I have ever grown - top marks on all counts!

What tree is this?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 16:28

Very difficult to tell as we can't zoom into the photo (upload a larger one if you can), but judging by the twisted stems and growth habit, my guess would be Wisteria.

Does is have flowers, and if so, can you describe them?

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 23:45

Verdun, how about one of these:

Should at least keep you warm!

Sweet pepper seed germination - epic failure!

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 23:34

I usually give them up to 3 weeks, so yours are at my limit.  Peppers, especially F1 hybrids, can be a bit difficult I find.  I always plant about a dozen extra cheaper (non-F1) pepper seeds so I at least have something in case of failure.  F1 pepper seeds are very expensive for what you get and I have never had more than about 50% germinate of all the types I've tried.

It might be worth complaining to the supplier as having one germinate pretty much proves you gave them the right conditions.

Strange fungus-like growth on tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 20:22

It spreads by spores in the air (which are released from the 'brackets'), but these need to fall on an open wound (eg where a branch has broken or been cut off) of another tree and even then probably won't infect it.  It may only infect certain species. Not very much is really known about fungi like this to be perfectly honest.

Strange fungus-like growth on tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:40

Hi tropidog, those are 'bracket fungi', the fruiting body of a fungus which grows in the heartwood of the tree and will likely eventually kill it.  There is, unfortunately, no way to control it.  You could try cutting off any branches which are showing the brackets, but the fungus could well be in the main trunk.  If it is a large tree, it could become dangerous as the fungi will severely weaken the wood itself and branches can fall off at any time, so I would strongly recommend asking a local tree surgeon to take a look.



Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:06

Good idea, nut, just in case the neighbour has done a real hack job (which sounds quite likely!)

Peony Tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:00

Heheh, Tina - I'm like that too - this Bob flourishes only in a very narrow range of temperatures!

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