Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Butternut Squash Plant is, well .... squashed!

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 15:34

Something in the soil eating the roots like vine weevil grubs?  You could try tipping the soil out onto a sheet of plastic etc and look for small white C shaped grubs like the image at the bottom of the RHS page:


New Garden

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 12:25

Improved clay soil is one of the best soils there is.  It is hard work adding manure, compost and grit when you first start, but well worth it! 

Onion Smut!

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 12:16

I now always start my onion sets off in modules in the greenhouse.  This gives them an early start and also prevents the birds from pulling them up as they have decent roots when transplanted into the onion beds.  In your case this should prevent smut, too.  However, if you also have white rot in your soil, it won't help:


Young Wisteria

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 12:07

Kath, there will probably be several shoots which have grown this year and are much longer than any others.  Train and tie-in one of these shoots to each of your wires - these will become the main stems.  Shorten any remaining long shoots which are left to 5-6 leaves - this will convert them into flowering shoots and you should further shorten them to a couple of buds in late winter. 

dreary daphne

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 20:42

As nut says, we really need to know which one you have rosemary.

In general they need neutral soil and do not do well in clay as they require good drainage.  They are also deep rooted and don't tend to do very well in containers.  I have two Daphne Odora aureomarginata bought from the same supplier at the same time.  One is doing well but the other hasn't really grown (just like yours) so my conclusion is that they are a bit of a finicky plant at the best of times.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:23

And don't forget to label the trays & pots rosemummy or we'll be seeing 'please identify these seedlings' messages from you next spring.

broken greenhouse pane

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:13

Greenhouses are generally still measured in imperial units so also look/ask for 2ft x 2ft greenhouse glass.  You can get acrylic replacements online - google "2ft x 2ft x 3mm Acrylic" - at about twice the price of glass from a glazier.

Mystery tomato plant

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:01

We know our onions.. erm tomatoes, Dove!

Mystery tomato plant

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:56

Some tomato types are called 'potato leaved' varieties and that's what you have there.  Perfectly normal and probably one of the 'heritage' plugs.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 15:21

Will be picking the last of the strawbs this weekend, but the summer raspberries are now producing as are the blueberries, red gooseberries and worcesterberries.  Also blackberries, cucumbers, spuds, tomatoes, calebrese, courgettes and turnips.  Climbing french beans have lots of tiny beans on too.  Japanese plums starting to ripen as are the peaches and the apple trees are absolutely loaded this year.  Only real disappointment are the cherries as woodpigeons scoffed them all before I could net them!  Oh and the Goji berries - 3rd year now and not even a single flower!

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