BobTheGardener


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Angelica Archangelica pest

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 16:53

Looks like celery leaf mining fly which affects quite a few related plants.  I have it on some parsnips at the moment and remove and dispose of affected leaves as I spot them.

Tiny lettuce

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 00:38

I agree, looks like lollo rosso.  If you want to grow a large, crunchy, tight-headed lettuce, iceberg types are reliable and easy to grow.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 23:12

Oops, I somehow missed the side view - not sure about artichoke now but I always eat them before that stage!

Last edited: 10 August 2016 23:13:24

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 22:51

I think the thistle thing is a globe artichoke.

I.D. Please

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 21:12

Agree, looks like majoram or oregano and needs a scent test to be sure.

Rotting onions

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 18:46

Hopefully, it's not white rot:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=226


Monty had this on a recent Gardener's World in the onions in his raised bed as he can no longer grow them in the ground due to this disease.  The best advice regardless of whether it is this or another disease is to destroy the affected ones and don't put them on the compost heap.

Cucumbers shrivelling up

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 11:16

I suspect spider mite damage, judging by those leaves.  They can be controlled by a natural predator, see here:


http://www.greengardener.co.uk/product.asp?id_pc=4&cat=12


Other suppliers are available of course.  They are expensive but you'll find nothing else really works and even the predators will not resurrect plants damaged by a heavy infestation.

Garlic varieties?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 10:57

If you don't mind a milder garlic taste, the largest possible cloves come from Elephant garlic.  I'm harvesting mine now which were planted last autumn and each individual clove is as big a whole bulb of a normal garlic.

Last edited: 07 August 2016 10:58:19

Can anyone help identify this "berry" tree?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 18:17

Agree with crab-apple.  Some trees produce berry-sized fruit.  See if you can find it here:


http://www.pippintrees.co.uk/search.aspx?ps=28

Last edited: 06 August 2016 18:19:15

too late for swede?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 15:37

Agree, they need a long growing season.  You have time to sow beetroot, chinese and winter cabbage and I've had crops of kholrabbi when sown this late.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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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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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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