BobTheGardener


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Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:36

Why not just spray them Tim?  Something like Provado will get taken in to the plant and is the only way I've ever managed to deal with a stubborn scale insect infestation.  I don't mind using Provado on house plants as there are no beneficial insects to worry about.

Apple Harvesting

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:32

The easiest way to tell if they are ready is to gently lift and twist half a turn.  If the apple comes away in your hand it is ready.  You can eat straightaway or store.  If you store them, make sure they don't touch each other (placing them on cardboard egg box bottoms placed in a larger box is one way of doing that.)

late chilli plants

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:25

Agree with Pete about growing them in pots.  In the UK, it is rarely warm enough for long enough for the plants to crop outside.  Pots also warm up faster and are easy to move to somewhere warmer when necessary.  I grow mine in a cold greenhouse and in an unheated conservatory often putting them outside in sunny weather.  I overwintered several plants (both chillies and sweet peppers) in the conservatory last year and they are far ahead of my seed-sown ones which are only just starting to ripen;  I've been eating the overwintered ones for a couple of months.  We did have an extremely mild winter though which helped the overwintering.  In other years I've lost half or more of them in the conservatory.


These were sown in Feb (pic taken end of July):



These were overwintered (pic taken same time as above):



Both in the conservatory.

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:48

PS, if the potted runners send out their own runners, pinch those out as soon as you see them.

Ornamental Tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:46

Yes, cut just above an upward and outward facing bud Pelo.  Side branches will also form from shoots which will appear at some of the leaf joints further back from the cut.

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:41

Yes, remove the ones you don't want to pot as runners take energy from the mother plant which is now building itself up for next year's crop.

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:29

Do the latter Char and let them root into pots near the mother plant.  Once they have rooted well you can sever the runner.  If you sever them now and pot them, they often die because there isn't enough root to support them.

Last edited: 18 September 2016 11:31:30

Ornamental Tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:15

All prunus should be pruned in summer Pelo.  They are susceptible to silver leaf disease if you prune them now or in the winter.  Silver leaf disease is a fungus and will kill the tree, usually over several years.  Next summer you can take the long branches back by a third to half which will promote side shoots which will help fill the canopy out for you.

Non fruiting fig

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:47

Good talking to I reckon, ob.  Anything else likely to just produce more green growth, especially feeding and watering it too much.  Like getting tasty tomatoes, controlled neglect is best.

Last edited: 17 September 2016 18:47:46

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:38

Just put an apple and raspberry crumble in the oven.


OH doesn't like the seeds in raspberries so had to precook and push them through a sieve first, quadrupling the effort needed to prepare it.  Some people!.. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Thieving rodents 
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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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