Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Unidentifiable rampant tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 18:59

Does the black stuff on the wisteria rub off with a damp tissue?  If so, it's probably a black mould which grows on honeydew which is secreted by ahpids and has fallen from foliage above and is common on anything growing underneath trees.  Not really harmful, just unsightly.  Deal with the aphids and the problem will go away but not worth bothering with this year as they will die soon when it gets colder.
Is the wisteria in a pot?  If so, it won't like that at all and needs to be planted in the ground, no matter how poor the soil.

The acer and bay both look as if they've been short of water at some stage - neither of those are at all tolerant of the soil drying out and will be much happier in the ground if you can find somewhere to plant them (both seem to be in pots?)  If they need to stay in pots, put them in larger ones and use a John Innes #1 compost which holds water well and is recommended for potted trees and shrubs.  If you do re-pot them, leave it until growth restarts in the spring.

Hope that helps!

Last edited: 18 September 2016 19:03:51

Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:22

The beauty of these devices is that they'll destroy any seeds too, which is particularly useful for weeds growing in the cracks of paving etc.

Unidentifiable rampant tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:18

Viv, post photos and we will do our best in identifying the cause of the problems with your other shrubs & trees!

Last edited: 18 September 2016 16:19:05

late chilli plants

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:43

Superb, Pete - I'll definitely be trying that variety next year!  Where did you get the seeds from?

What is this?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:34

I agree with Dove - better to coppice it than lose it completely!

Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:36

Why not just spray them Tim?  Something like Provado will get taken in to the plant and is the only way I've ever managed to deal with a stubborn scale insect infestation.  I don't mind using Provado on house plants as there are no beneficial insects to worry about.

Apple Harvesting

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:32

The easiest way to tell if they are ready is to gently lift and twist half a turn.  If the apple comes away in your hand it is ready.  You can eat straightaway or store.  If you store them, make sure they don't touch each other (placing them on cardboard egg box bottoms placed in a larger box is one way of doing that.)

late chilli plants

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:25

Agree with Pete about growing them in pots.  In the UK, it is rarely warm enough for long enough for the plants to crop outside.  Pots also warm up faster and are easy to move to somewhere warmer when necessary.  I grow mine in a cold greenhouse and in an unheated conservatory often putting them outside in sunny weather.  I overwintered several plants (both chillies and sweet peppers) in the conservatory last year and they are far ahead of my seed-sown ones which are only just starting to ripen;  I've been eating the overwintered ones for a couple of months.  We did have an extremely mild winter though which helped the overwintering.  In other years I've lost half or more of them in the conservatory.

These were sown in Feb (pic taken end of July):

These were overwintered (pic taken same time as above):

Both in the conservatory.

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:48

PS, if the potted runners send out their own runners, pinch those out as soon as you see them.

Ornamental Tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:46

Yes, cut just above an upward and outward facing bud Pelo.  Side branches will also form from shoots which will appear at some of the leaf joints further back from the cut.

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