Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Geranium cuttings

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:50

Thay can pick up viruses over time so best replaced every few years.  However, perhaps the soil in the window boxes is tired and needs replacing?

Grass for an orchard?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:46

Bark chippings will keep the annual weeds down and you can remove any perennial weeds when they pop through.

Weed/tree suckers?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:37

Agree with nut - possibly cherry, too.  Any plum or cherry trees in your or neighbours garden?
As for eradication, unless you remove the 'mother' tree and roots these suckers are coming from, all you can do is keep mowing them down.

What is this?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:29

I think it's Hedgehog gourd (Cucumis dipsaceus),  a wild form as Dove says and native to the Middle East.  They turn yellow when ripe ((probably where the 'lemon' description comes in) and are reported as bitter but less so when still green.  See this Australian seed supllier:

Ridiculously pleased with mahonia cuttings

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 22:52

Be aware that thick sections like that are capable of growing shoots out of the stored energy in the tissue but may not have rooted yet, especially in such a short time.  I had a rose cutting which looked similar and was developing new shoots and leaves but eventually died after about 3-4 months and when I checked it had grown no roots at all!  I'm sure they will root if they haven't already but I wouldn't risk repotting or planting out yet and would do as fairy says - a sheltered spot and regular tlc.

Plant I.D. Please

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 11:52

It's one of the Solanums (nightshades), possibly Solanum pseudocapsicum (Jerusalem cherry.)  Slightly poisonous fruit, so not edible.

Last edited: 15 July 2017 11:53:01

Butternut squash out of control?

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 21:02

Aha!  Hawk is a variety bred to produce lots of smaller fruit (up to 0.7kg) so you can let more grow than the larger fruited varieties.  50 does sound a bit excessive though!  Because they keep so well once properly ripened, you want to get as many to that stage as possible and stop them producing fruit which won't have time.  It's really difficult to say how many you should limit it to, but I would certainly start nipping off any new fruit which form from now on.

Here's a field trial report from the RHS which includes Hawk:

cucumber virus

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 20:51

That sounds like stem rot, Geoff.  It's a fungus and is always fatal as far as I know, unfortunately.  Next year you can lessen the chances of it happening by planting them on a slight mound of compost so that water runs away from the stem.  Also take care not to overwater them, especially when young.  More here:

Butternut squash out of control?

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 19:49

Yes indeed, you can thin them to get fewer but bigger fruit.  I never get more than about 6 per plant.  In a bad year (like last year) I only got one or two per plant.  Yours look very happy indeed!

What variety are they?

Last edited: 12 July 2017 19:50:16

Butternut squash out of control?

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 18:47

Not much you can do Pete, that's how they grow when the weather suits them!

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