Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Time to plant out runner beans?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:27

Mine are also going out this weekend (in fact in about 10 minutes!) and I'll be also planting some seeds in the gaps between plants as usual, just in case anything happens to them (eg slugs, pigeons, hail, frost, wind - just a few of the likely culprits!)

Bugs and markings on return from holiday

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:21

Looks like leafhopper damage to me.  You either get an infestation of these or none at all in my experience.  Had them a few years ago and all of my brassicas had that sort of damage to the leaves which looks like something has sucked the life out of a small spot (which is exactly what they do.)  See if you can find any of them under the plants - they jump like fleas:


Asparagus New Shoots

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 20:20

I agree.  Mulching with a weed-seed-free compost (such as a commercial bagged one) is the best way to suppress weeds in an asparagus bed, then no hoeing is required.

Hibiscus 'kopper king'

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 01:34

Hibiscus are one of the last shrubs to come into leaf in the UK.  I planted two in autumn 2013 and one showed signs of life in late May last year but the other waited until nearly July!  As Davids10 says, nothing to worry about just yet.

Weird one for me - help needed

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:49

Do you have many bluebells in your garden?  I ask because I have had them grow up through the bottom of pots and the stem swells and forms a bulb.  It seems like they can form bulbs at their own preferred depth if deeply buried or too near the surface.

Can I plant bulbs now?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:39

Yes Bev, plant them now.  They will still grow leaves even if they don't flower this year and it is the leaves which feed the bulbs ready for next year's flowers.  Bulbs stored dry will just slowly shrivel and probably die.

Mixed up tomato seedings - cordon vs bush how to tell?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:31

A growing point is the top of the plant or top of a side shoot.  What I really mean is to say is always leave at least one side shoot growing just in case the top of the plant stops growing and turns into a flowering truss instead.  Even cordons should have two growing points for the best crop.

Hopefully you will be able to tell before long once the first fruit ripens - easy if the varieties are very different in size or colour.

Don't start feeding them until the first flowers have set and tiny tomatoes appear.


Mixed up tomato seedings - cordon vs bush how to tell?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:08

I've done the opposite before and grown bush types as cordons and got good crops.  The trick is to ensure that there are always two growing points as on bush types a growing point can end 'blind' or as a flowering truss, so don't be too quick to remove side shoots.  I think this is a better way as if you don't remove any side shoots on indeterminate (cordon) types, they can grow huge and flowering could be delayed so much that the fruit doesn't have time to ripen before the cold weather arrives.

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:47

Looked it up - acers (to my surprise) are almost all insect pollinated!

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:19

Didn't know that nut!

I only grow for the leaves so if mine have flowered, I've just never noticed.

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