BobTheGardener


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Tomatoe supports

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:30

I drilled small holes through part of the frame and strung a length of strong galvanised garden wire along the length of each side.  Then it is easy to tie twine to the wire above each plant.  I'll upload a few photo's if you'd like to see how that works, Susan?

Not all frames are suitable but it should be possible on most of the common aluminium types.

Virus

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:32

Malwarebytes anti-malware (MBAM) is probably the best bet for cleaning-up a multiple infection.

A lot of these nasties now enter via infected adverts (which can appear even on legitimate web sites) so ad-blockers are a must.  If using IE9 or above, be sure to use the built-in Tracking Protection List (TPL) feature with a suitable adblock TPL.  See this Microsoft information:

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/TrackingProtectionLists/

Easylist used here.  No ads, no tracking, no problems!

 

Bell Pepper Issue

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:08

Try using a small soft brush to hand-pollinate the flowers as soon as they open.  I always do this and have had 100% fruit set so far this year.  All you need to do is very gently push the brush into each and every open flower.

Tiny Holes in My Spuds

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:15

I have keel slugs and the best solution I've found is to grow slug resistant varieties.  This year I tried watering-in nemaslug and grew a non-resistant variety of 1st early which I know are susceptible (Orla) and they had a fair bit of damage, so using nematodes may not help, or more applications than I used may be necessary.  Reliably resistant varieties here are Kestrel (2nd early) and Sarpo Mira (late maincrop.)  Fair resistance from King Edward and Golden Wonder.

BTW, I have clay soil which keel slugs seem to love.

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:34

Suncherry Premium (F1) is an excellent red cherry - almost as sweet as the yellow Sungold which Philippa mentioned.  Those two always have a place here.

Last years nettlefeed

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:15

Yes - I'm currently using 3 year old comfrey tea with excellent results.

Capsicums

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:13

Seems to only happen to mine in the conservatory (which sometimes gets a bit too hot), so I suspect they do it as some sort of dehydration response.

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:10

Decide to change one:

Quantum of Solanaceae

Just also realised what a silly name the Nightshade family has.  Shade.. at night?

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:09

Westward Hoe!

The Three Mosquitoes

Chili Willy

Quantum of Spinach

I'll get me coat..

Whats eating my Tomatoes?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:18

I'm with WO and would say caterpillars of the tomato moth if you don't find any slugs.  They are indeed incredibly good at hiding so will be tricky to find - try looking in the gap between canes, string or other supports and the stems.  On a very quiet night you can hear them munching!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

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

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

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

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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