BobTheGardener


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Damaged camelia

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:00

Flower bird, I believe the RHS now advise against using any kind of wound paint on trees etc as it seems to retard the natural healing process.

I would remove that short stump just above it though - cut it almost flush.  That dead stub is an entry point for disease and should never be left.

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:55

Nice one Boater.  I use a solar panel and old PC fans to do the same to my greenhouse, conservatory, shed and now polytunnel.  Works great and the fans spin faster the sunnier it is.   Since doing this, my crops have never been healthier.

Peppers

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:52

There's something called the pepper maggot.  An egg is injected by a fly and the maggot eats its way out.  However, I don't know whether this pest from the US has arrived over here yet (with our lax plant import controls, it wouldn't surprise me at all though!)

Dusty Miller

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:35

You can plant potted plants at any time of the year Arthur, but make sure you prepare the ground well and water them at least once a week for the rest of the summer and autumn.  It's only bare-root plants that you need to avoid - those should only be bought and planted from about November to early March.

Does this look like excess nitrogen?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:30

You can often get away with not watering shrubs as many send down deep roots but currants do tend to need a lot of water.  It's also close to the wall, so best to water it regularly as walls create a "rain shadow" and also tend to suck water out of the ground near them.  I'm sure it will recover now you are giving it a bit of tlc.

cross pollination of apple trees

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:20

Hi Marion, Berghill has explained it very well.  The graft union will look something like this (click the link below to see):

http://www.fruit.usask.ca/images/rootstock_resized.jpg

They are usually near the bottom of the trunk, but can sometimes be higher.

Does this look like excess nitrogen?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 17:37

Looks more like simple drought to me but dry soil and excess nitrogen wouldn't have helped!  It looks like it's new growth from the base which has died - the plant may have done that itself to prevent further water loss.  If the affected growth doesn't recover now you have given it a good drink, cut it (only the dead growth) right back to the ground just in case it is (or becomes) diseased.

Garden Design Computer Programme

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:34

I agree, a garden design program would really be based on visualisation technology (2D or 3D) while a planner would be more like a database/calendar.  Two very different skillsets required and unlikely to be created by single programmer so would need to be written by a team.  Market research has probably made it untenable which is why so few are around.  I've often looked for something like this over the past ten years and have been disappointed.  I think you would be better finding two separate applications or doing the planning yourself in a similar way to the method I suggested, but you then need quite well developed Microsoft Office skills.  You can still download google sketchup which could be used for design.

Lilly trees

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:15

Hi Stifyn, do you mean lily trees (normally called Magnolia trees) or tree lilies (true lilies which grow to 2m or more tall)?

 

Who is this please?

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 16:56

Looks flightless, whatever it is.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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