London (change)
Today 18°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 15°C / 10°C


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Sick Tomato Plant

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 22:43

They all look nice and healthy to me.  Slight curling of the leaves is perfectly normal - all it indicates is that the temperature is varying a little more then would be ideal.  This can be improved by ensuring all the vents and door are open and if this is not enough, providing some shading from very hot sun (eg shade netting.)  Try and keep the maximum temperature below 30C.  If the temperature is dropping to below about 12C at night, then close the vents and door.  A max-min thermometer (under £10) is extremely useful to monitor what is happening in a greenhouse and I wouldn't be without mine.



Posted: 17/06/2013 at 21:20

I think the keywords you need are  "cane supports" - Google finds several suppliers.

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 20:19

For the netting, you want insects to get through to pollinate the fruit but not birds so holes need to be about 20mm (=2cm, 3/4"), which will let bumble bees through.  As far as the supporting structure goes, it's all a matter of how long it will last.  Canes will be only be good for a couple of years or so before the section in the ground rots.  Making fruit cages can be tricky as you need to secure the netting to the frame and make a door or other way of entering but if you're good at DIY then you can certainly save some money.  You could use something like cheap PVC overflow pipe (about 50p per metre) for which you can buy various connectors (eg 90 degree bends, T-pieces) to form a frame and perhaps wire ties (or a hot glue gun?) to secure the netting to it.  Some folk use this stuff to make polytunnel frames, too.

grannys bonnet

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 23:05

Might get some viriflora, nut - throw a few more genes into the mix (not that there's much chance of preventing it!)

grannys bonnet

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 22:51

These are my favourites, caerulea, about 4" flowers:

 which I'm trying to cross with various McKana hybrids like this one:

 I'm hoping for the upward-facing habit of the caerulea in different colours - none of my McKanas have any blue in them.  The results are too young to flower this year and I expect 95% will be weeded out but live in hope!


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:54

I don't remove side shoots from peppers or chillies myself.  The flowers appear at the joints between leaf and stem, so the more side shoots you have the more fruit you can get from a plant.

plant ID

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:49

Tricky as the picture is still quite small, but looking at the leaves, I'd hazard a guess that it's a double magnolia of some kind, but not one I'm familiar with.

ID trumpet flower

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:11

Well done (as usual!)  Yes, I now remember it is incarvillia delavayi alba - I'd better write that label out now!

ID trumpet flower

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:06

Hi all, I grew this from seed many years ago but have forgotten the name.  I've a feeling it has 'glauca' in it, and the pink variety is more common.


water butts

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 20:50

You can get kits which don't need the downpipe cutting - you just drill a hole and insert a special fitting.  Here's one (scroll down to "Speedy Rain Water Divertor Collector"):

I don't know how efficient they are though.  You can also buy replacement water butt tap kits - one on this page:

No affiliation with that site or recommendation - t's just the first one google found.


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 149
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
Replies: 9    Views: 804
Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
Replies: 12    Views: 599
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 541
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 484
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 345
Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
Replies: 3    Views: 319
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 630
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 534
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 993
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Replies: 4    Views: 607
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
Replies: 10    Views: 696
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
Replies: 3    Views: 360
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39


Polytunnel growing 
Replies: 16    Views: 678
Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
Replies: 13    Views: 727
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31
1 to 15 of 27 threads