Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Insect problem with Potatoes

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 18:15

Keeled slugs are a real nuisance, especially in clay soils.  For years they devastated my potato crops.  Nematodes helped but planting slug resistant varieties has completely solved the problem for me.  Try Kestrel (2nd early) and Sarpo Axona (also blight resistant) for maincrop.

Remove leaves on Chilli plant, or not?

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 18:08

Don't remove them, they need all of those leaves.  Like tomatoes, the only things which help chillies ripen is warmth and time.  I move some of mine to inside windowsills when it starts to get cold and often have chillies ripening at Christmas - they look very decorative!

What is this plant?

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 18:00

They do look very similar when young and I have had to remove a couple of goat willow seedlings which I thought were new blueberry shoots from my pots.

Why don't they grow?

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 09:03

I agree with Posy and many plants can suffer from being what is known as 'checked' which happens if they are planted out too early and suffer from a cold period, lack of sunlight or drought/too much rain while they are young.  Some of them recover but others never really get going again.  If in doubt, keep them in modules/pots for another couple of weeks before planting out, or even make two sowings a couple of weeks apart if you have the space so that you can replace affected plants.  Some of the most sensitive to this effect are capsicum, sweetcorn and beans but many veg can be affected.  Successional sowing are your best defence but it does seem like a waste if you have a good year and nothing gets checked.

Rhodedendrons - Is this Powdery Mildew?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 19:57

Do you know whether your soil is acidic or alkaline?  Rhodo's require acidic soil - they may tolerate neutral pH but not a limey (alkaline) soil.  If you don't know, get a cheap soil pH testing kit.  If it turns out you have a high pH (alkaline) you could try growing them in large containers using ericaceous (acidic) compost.


Posted: 10/08/2017 at 19:13

Also try watering only in the morning and not in the evening.  Plants do a lot of their growing while it is dark so watering in the evening doesn't help with splitting fruit.

Are these weeds?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 18:45

Top photo looks like a Rudbekia (coneflower) of some kind, so not a weed.

Middle photo might be a weed but could be acanthus or similar.

Bottom photo not sure but none of the 3 look like weeds.

Last edited: 10 August 2017 18:47:08


Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:32

Interestingly, each tassle leads to an individual kernel on the cob, so every tassle needs fertilising by a separate grain of pollen.  That's why it's so important to grow them in a block.

Last edited: 09 August 2017 18:32:36

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:25

Finally stopped raining at about 3pm here!

Black and White Balls on Leaf

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 21:57

I think they are shield bug eggs.  They don't cause much of a problem and many species in the uk are in decline.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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