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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

how-can-i-make-a-grapevine-grow-less-vigorously

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 16:30

As Dove says, you can prune back any unwanted growth exactly as you wish - you will not harm it.  The only time not to prune is in early spring, when the sap is rising and growth first starts - pruning then could make it bleed to death.  I have one about 60 feet long and have to remove about half of the growth about 3 times over the summer or it gets totally out of control.  In fact it needs doing again now - just took this photo of where it goes over an arch before continuing down the garden:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29867.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

grow-bags

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 19:28

The worst thing that could happen is any slow-release fertilizer they may contain could become less effective.  However, as none of them contain enough food for more than 6 weeks growth, all you may have to do is start feeding a few weeks earlier than normal.  I have kept bags of multi-purpose compost (which is essentialy the same stuff as in grow bags) in storage for 2 years and had absolutely no problems whatsoever.

final-cucumber-

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 19:22

Might be partial pollination - the thin section may not have any seeds forming.  A similar thing happens to sweetcorn with some kernels not developing and staying tiny if it didn't get fully fertilized when the silks were catching pollen from the wind.

can-anyone-identify-this-squash

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 19:13

Peter, yes they do hybridise so you never know what you'll get from saved seed.  Nearly all of this family keep well though - I've even stored courgettes (which grew to marrow size when I missed them) for 3 months before eating them in the Winter.  I have some oddities myself from a few seeds I saved from last year - I think they're a cross between Summer pumpkin and Winter squash, so when I eat them I'll be calling them Autumn squashkins!

is-this-the-year-of-the-dahlia

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:52

I love 'em and have been growing them from seed for years.  I'm always amazed that they can grow up to 8 feet tall from seed in a year - and often flower before saved tubers.  Because of that I don't usually bother to lift and store the tubers - if they survive all well and good, but there's always another 50 ready to replace them each year.  The T&M 'giant hybrids' are my favourite seeds - last couple of years the mix has been dominated  by cactus types though - I prefer the 'normal' flowers.

any-ideas-what-this-plant-is-sorry-up-side-down

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:37

It's EXIF data as I suspected.  Fix for Apple users:

http://osxdaily.com/2012/12/05/how-to-remove-exif-data-from-images-quickly/

 

any-ideas-what-this-plant-is-sorry-up-side-down

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:19

Hi Michelle, does this work - may need to try and then upload again?

http://www.wikihow.com/Rotate-Photos-With-the-iPad-Photos-App

 

bay-tree-is-covered-in-wasps-

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:00

Joolz, are you sure they are wasps and not harmless hoverflies?

http://syrphidae.3644.co.uk/

They may be after aphids, so check that the young leaves aren't being attacked by greenfly.

any-ideas-what-this-plant-is-sorry-up-side-down

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:51

Not for me FG - the original gets bigger, but still upside down (PC, IE10).  What device and browser are you using to view the site?  It would be nice to know so we can get to the bottom of this weirdness!  Some images contain 'EXIF' data which is extra information about the image that some cameras/phones add and includes rotation information - my guess is that different things interpret it differently.  Like all techie things, all manufacturers think their own interpretation of a 'standard' is the right one (so they are usually all wrong!)

identification-

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:41

Carwyn, this site doesn't allow attachments - use the little green tree icon to upload photos.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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New trees 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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