Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Aquilegias - so plumptious

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:59

I do the same nut.  The foliage is usually a bit tatty after the flowers have finished and when cut off it is replaced by lovely fresh stuff that looks quite attractive in itself.  By the way, have you seen any signs of that awful disease on any of yours yet?  I've a few I'm keeping my eye on but no confirmed sighting yet thank goodness.  Don't know what I'd do without them filling the spring to summer 'gap'.

William Pear Tree bug eaten?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:31

Hi Sally, yes a photo might help.  There are a few borers which attack fruit trees and they burrow into the twood beneath the bark:



Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:26

I know you said they don't seem to be around your houseplants but they do sound like fungus gnats (Sciarid flies.)  As a test, put all of your houseplants outside for a few days and see if the flies disappear from inside the house.  The mismatch in size of the flies that you mentioned makes me think the pest control company may have misidentified them.

Vegetable ID's

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 18:58

Or Green Zebra for the tomato - if they stay green when ripe.

PLant ID

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 18:55

If it isn't Wood Avens, it might be another Geum - many of them look similar when young.  Wait until it flowers - if small and yellow it's Wood Avens and I'd have it out before it sets seed otherwise you'll have it forever!  If any other colour it's worth keeping.

Couple of different questions (strawbs, cucumber and others)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 20:20

Yep, that'd work - good idea!

Couple of different questions (strawbs, cucumber and others)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 20:07

You could grow the cuc up a sort of wigwam of timber or poles, or use strong netting etc. wrapped around a few timber stakes, something like this:

 I would let the strawberries fruit as Dave says.

Squash is definitely an outdoor crop.

Spent bulbs

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:49

Snowy, no need to water anymore after the leaves have died back naturally.  At that point you can remove the bulbs and store them somewhere cool and dark then plant them again in the autumn.

Couple of different questions (strawbs, cucumber and others)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:35

Hi Joe,

1) if the strawberry plants were potted and reasonably large, you can let them fruit this year.  If they were bare-root or small (ie just 4 or 5 leaves), I would remove the flowers.

2) I found 1 hit on google but all it says is 'Tiny tot' is a 'snack' type.  All that means is each cucumber will only grow to about 5 or 6 inches long.  The plant will grow just the same as a normal cucumber.  I grow mine up a bit of trellis about 4ft tall.

3) Butternut squash plants will grow to about 5 or 6 metres long and scramble along the ground.  You can grow them upwards and tie them in to a frame (trellis etc) but the fruit is very heavy and will need supporting separately (eg using a bit of netting or tights) or it will tear the plant down as it grows. How many you get from a plant is a bit of a lottery, but expect between 1 and 5.

4) Yes.  Squash are very greedy though and the best way to grow them is to fill a large hole (eg 50cm diameter/deep) with compost/well-rotted manure and make a slight mound, then plant to squash at the top of the mound.  Then be prepared for it to take over your garden!


Spent bulbs

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 16:08

If you tip out the contents of all of the pots intact and put them in (say) a wooden (or cardboard at a push) box lined with an empty compost bag, maintain watering and let the leaves die down naturally, all of the bulbs you mention will be good for next year.  If you remove the leaves they won't be able to build-up the bulb and almost certainly won't flower next year.

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