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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Best time to put peppers outside?

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:23

They'll get checked at anything under about 10C so keep an eye on your minimum temps (this is where a max/min themometer comes in very handy) and the local forecast.  I agree about the toms which get checked at about 5C so those can go out in your GH a bit sooner than sweet peppers.

greenhouse

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 23:01

Anywhere that is in the shade.  I pot-on in the shed as that's where I keep the pots, trays and compost etc.  More convenient.

Vine weevil grubs

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 22:58

Indeed it is, and called hemolymph:

http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=338

 

Old rosemary bush

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:43

They are relatively short lived Ann.  One thing they don't like is wet and it's been a very wet winter and spring so far so that has probably contributed.  Personally I'd use the dead leaves as long as there is no sign of fungus on them.

Talkback: Carrot fly

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:39

I like that idea Pentillie and will give it a try.  I've had resonable results growing alternate rows of carrots and onions in the past with the view that the smell of onions masks the carrots smell.  I will be harvesting the last of my leeks over the next few weeks and the carrot seeds are just germinating, so the timing is rather good.

I've been growing carrots in 60cm high raised beds for the past 2-3 years with no fly damage at all but they got vine weevil last year so I'm trying them back in the ground.

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:25

Those are used widely in Japan and the design is probably thousands of years old, so I wouldn't consider it gimmicky at all David.  Good price too. 

Best tools for cutting back large conifers

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:15

In that case I'm with Hostafan!

 

Plant ID please

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:11

You will never get it out of that shape of pot without breaking it, keenbutgreen.

I would recommend scraping off as much of the top of the compost as you can and then replacing with a 50/50 mix of John Innes #3 and ericacious.  Do that every 2-3 years and feed it with something recommended for acid-loving plants (I use Wilkos own brand which doesn't cost a lot and gives good results.)

Badgers or Crows - Terrible Damage

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:40

Hi Greg, the crows would have been after leatherjackets, the larvae of cranefly.  You can water in nematodes which will kill them and, with nothing to eat, the crows will leave it alone.  However, they are most effective in the Autumn.  A human presence will also help a lot - most crows are afraid of humans.

 

A tomato question

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:25

Leaves curling are a reaction to large temperature changes rather than frost damage as such - that will kill tomatoes and the leaves turn white.  The plants may slow down for a bit (known as being 'checked') but will recover.  Curling leaves can even happen in summer if it gets too hot during the day and cold at night.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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
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