Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Growth on elder branch

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 17:26

How odd!  My best guess would be some kind of fasciation, possibly caused by a virus.

Some kind of mint?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 17:14

Thanks for the hint Borderline, a google search seems to indicate it is Agastache rugosa aka Korean mint which is a short-lived perennial in lighter soils.  I'll be saving the seed and growing it in my borders next year.   I might use it to replace the nepeta which flops all over the place and needs too much support.

Some kind of mint?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 16:37

Hi all, this has self-seeded and occasionally comes up in my veg plot.  It's a bee magnet and very pretty so I'd like to put a name to it.  About 2ft tall with leaves between 2 and 4 inches which smell a bit like liquorice when rubbed.

Unknown plant/weed?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 15:54

Possibly a Hypericum judging by the leaves.

Pulpy tomatoes

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:42

That's unusual - what medium are you growing them in and are they in a greenhouse or outside?

If you like really tasty red cherry tomatoes, one I can highly recommend for next year is 'Suncherry Premium' which are from the same breeding line as the famous 'Sungold', so guaranteed to be sweet and juicy.  They've been the main cherry type I've grown for some years now and have never been disappointed.   I also grow "Gardener's Ecstasy" which are bred from "Gardener's Delight" but are heavier cropping with better disease resistance and (in my opinion) a better taste.

Replacing a lawn with gravel and borders

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:27

It would work but the soil under the membrane will suffer and slowly deteriorate as will any plants planted through it.  You can keep the plants happy by using a liquid feed regularly but the soil will become lifeless.  Much better to put the membrane down only under the gravel and leave the borders as soil, mulching with well-rotted manure once a year in the autumn and covering with a layer of bark to keep the weeds down.  That way your plants (and essential soil organisms!) will thrive and you will have no need to use liquid feed every couple of weeks which is not really low maintenance!

Ivy question

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:19

A slightly bigger pot would be a good idea.  One thing you can do is raise the pot using a pot stand or similar, or even get a taller pot if you can find one which would let the ivy trail down more before it reaches the ground.  They do look very nice when allowed to do that.

plum tree

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 10:16

Brown rot is a fungus and arrives as spores carried in the air and which are always about.  How bad it gets is mainly dependent on the weather conditions so obviously little can be done about that.  However, by picking off any affected plums as soon as they are noticed and collecting and disposing of any fallen plums, you can minimise its spread.  Sometimes affected plums can dry in place and sort of glue themselves to the branches and these should be removed when noticed (often easier to see when all of the leaves drop at the end of autumn.)

Last edited: 27 August 2017 10:16:30

Grey Fungus/Mold/Mildew

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 09:51

The appearance of mildew is usually a sign of dryness at the roots.  While extra watering now may not  immediately cure the affected plant, bear this in mind for next year and be sure to water well throughout any dry periods such as the long drought many parts of the UK experienced earlier this year.

raspberries on new canes

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 12:37

There are a few gold coloured autumn fruiting varieties including 'Fall gold' and 'All gold' (a sport of Autumn bliss) and a new variety, Kiwi gold.  My guess would be 'All gold' as they've been around quite a while.

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Some kind of mint?

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I thought these were philadelphus 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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