BobTheGardener


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Cooking potatoes

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:10

A common problem and thought to be down to growing conditions.  Some varieties are affected more than others.  What type did you grow?

Rampant pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:06

Sorry, but it is indeed Pear Rust.  Those growths below the orange spots are the spore producing pustules.


http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/fruit-tree-problems/pear-rust


This fungal disease needs two hosts - pears and junipers.  See the link above for more information.  There are no chemicals available for treatment and the best approach is a combination of removing nearby junipers and picking off affected leaves on the pear as soon as you see an orange spot appear.


This topic comes up regularly and you can use the forum search to find previous advice.


It has been a particularly bad year for this problem and all of my pear trees have been affected.

What is this tree?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 21:20

I think it's a crab-apple.  Some of them have small berry sized fruit.  Golden Hornet is one which might fit the bill.

Last edited: 25 October 2016 21:22:16

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 19:01

This is probably what you are looking for Philippa:


http://www.webmesh.co.uk/nativetrees.htm

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:34

I'll kick-off with a couple of photos of my blueberry patch.  They are worth growing just for the autumn leaf colour!


Please can you identify this plant?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 15:00

There are a lot of them.  Have a browse through this site to see if you can spot a match:


http://www.drought-smart-plants.com/sempervivum-picture-gallery.html

Weed identification

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:20

Looks like creeping wood sorrel (oxalis corniculata.)  Almost impossible to get rid of and digging the roots out is your best bet.  Once it gets into cracks in paving etc., you're pretty much stuck with it.

Truffels or just fungi?

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:13

They look like truffles to me.  Try to find a mycology club near you - google 'mycology club' and add your nearest city.

Slimy Fungus on gravel

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:08

This may help Judy:


http://naturesnurtureblog.com/ttt-turn-baking-soda-into-washing-soda/


Look for 'soda ash' or 'sodium carbonate'.  If you can't find any, the link above tells you how to turn baking soda (widely available anywhere) into it.

crocus en masse

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:04

Agree with berghill - lift turf.  Bulb planters go too deep - crocuses only need to be about 5cm deep.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

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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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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