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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Minibel tomato-purple ish dot leaf?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:34

I wouldn't worry about it - doesn't look like a diease.  As that leaf is shaded by the ones above anyway, you may as well nip it off.  That way, if there is any disease, it will help to stop it spreading.

Potateo advice

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:30

You might be right, Dove!  I know what you mean about the weather - I wonder what'll happen when all the rain that's now forecast arrives?  My garden is going crazy at the moment - still have some foxgloves just coming into flower while half the delphiniums have finished!  I tried some "Kabuki" brocolli for the first time this year as it was advertised as a "mini vegetable" so planted it with really close spacing (there are only two of us, so didn't want tonnes of the stuff.)  It has all now matured (typical of F1 hybrids) and each head is "supermarket" size and there's not enough room in the freezer..  Looks like friends and family benefit yet again! 

No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:19

I think mixed planting is a great idea - some things may work better than others anyway, so you'll find out which plants work best at your site quicker that way!  You can use long canes or stakes to train them up to the decking level rather than them all having to use the main supports.  If you do go for some clematis in the mix, look for group 1 types which don't need any special pruning - just lop off any extra growth you don't want.

Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:11

Try and make a fan shape if you can.

Edit: here's some training and pruning advice from the RHS:


No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:59

Some clematis are scented.  Narrows the search quite a bit though!

No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:57

Yes, a grape might work, particularly a type that is grown for foliage rather than actually producing useable fruit.  I'd contact specialist vine suppliers and ask their advice - try a google for "grape vine suppliers uk".  Bear in mind that they have big leaves, so if summer wind loading might be an issue as well as in the winter, you might have to be careful.

No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:34

There are plenty of clematis that can grow to 4m+ and as they prefer their roots in shade, planting them below the decking might suit them well.  This supplier has lots and the website is quite well laid out:


Potateo advice

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:19

Looks a bit like flea beetle damage.

What is this please

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:18

Yes, it looks like a sucker which is devoid of chlorophyll, perhaps a mutation.  I think it must be a sucker from another plant as it wouldn't survive without chlorophyll otherwise.

Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:12

Seeds can be infected with blight, so that is a possibility.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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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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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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