Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Cayenne peppers

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:25

The buds aren't even opening Pete, so my advice would be to change the watering regime and water them in the morning rather than the evening.  I would probably water them less, too.  My conservatory gets up to 40C and I only water every two or three days at most.  The only other thing I can think of is that they may not like the early morning sun and might be better moved so they get it later in the day.  Are the plants growing well other than the buds falling off, Alison?

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 17:23

Showers started at about 1pm but the sunny intervals got shorter and shorter until it was constant rain which looks like it'll go on now til dark.  Forecast here is similar for tomorrow.

dead grass & small round holes

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:36

Do you ever see birds pecking at the lawn, particularly corvids like rooks?  If so, they could be making the holes while they are after chafer or leatherjacket grubs which may be eating the roots and causing the dead patches.  You can get nemasys nematode products which you water on to kill the grubs.

If not birds then a photo of the holes might help.

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:19

Google "SBK Brushwood Killer" to get the correct hits - Wilko usually have it on the shelves too.

Courgette issues!

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:56

It's not unknown for seed suppliers to get their seeds mixed up and I suspect that is the case here.  You don't normally let courgettes ripen - the idea is to pick them when they are the size you want (in my opinion, the smaller they are picked, the tastier they are.)  If you leave them on the plant too long they can become huge in some varieties - basically marrows!)  If you leave them long enough to form seeds inside, the plant will often stop producing more flowers and fruit.

This weed is taking over my allotment

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:45

If it self-seeded, you will have to keep hoeing the seedlings for a few years - this and many other common weeds have a seed viability in soil of about 6-7 years (hence the phrase " One year's seeds, 7 years weeds".)  It would be worth putting black plastic or similar down if you can on any unused areas as this will make the seed germinate because of the extra heat it produces but they will then die due to lack of light.  In modern parlance, that is called 'soil solarization'.  

Plant ID, please

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:00

One of the dogwoods?

Are They Ready? What Kind?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 13:57

If the seeds are beginning to form then you have probably left them slightly too long.  I would harvest them at 6" as scroggin says.  The danger is that once seeds start forming, the plants tend to think their job is done and can stop producing new flowers and fruit;  Regular picking will give you a longer harvest period (until the weather gets too cold for them is the ideal.)

Last edited: 22 July 2017 13:57:51

Caterpillar for ID

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 11:35

Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass):

Hoggy - second attempt

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 19:34

Nice one sheps - a cute hog you have there!

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