London (change)
Today 22°C / 14°C
Tomorrow 21°C / 15°C

BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

apple tree

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 21:55

Just spotted that it's only a year old - you wouldn't normally let such a young tree produce fruit Sandra, but just a couple should be OK.  Flowering rose is right though - it's important to prune young apple trees correctly which is done in mid-winter and encourages growth.  Have a look at the RHS advice on how to prune young trees:

http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=164

Doing it properly will pay dividends in the years to come.   Once you have the shape right (after about 3-4 years), you can start to summer prune (early August) to enhance fruit production.

 

 

Kale & Beans

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 21:42

Anything climbing, Dove - I usually use French beans like Cobra but have used runners - whatever I have spare.

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:11

You need to inspect and remove these sawfly larvae every day once you notice them - they are voracious and will completely defoliate the plants if left.  They are very, very good at hiding!

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:07

1) Pick all of the fruit for the kitchen when it is at its best (note: an in-situ taste test is mandatory!)

2) After delivering the harvest to the kitchen, return to the garden and commence weeding between all of the soft fruit plants, trees and bushes etc.

3) All of the fruit you now find and must have missed earlier must be consumed immediately and under no circumstances returned to the kitchen.

Oh dear.....I think I may have made a mistake!!!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:53

It's hard to tell as there are hundreds of mallows!  As it looks like it's about to flower, it probably won't grow too much bigger this year and if it's an annual variety (likely) that'll be it.  The flowers can be very variable on the annuals - I had a lovely one from seed a few years ago:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51688.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

apple tree

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:46

If it is the only apple tree you have and there are no others in nearby gardens, the best thing to do is get another as crops are always better with cross-pollination, even if the tree is labelled as self-pollinating.  Do get one of the same flowering group though - you can look that up as long as you know the name of the variety you already have.

On dwarf trees where you can reach the blossom, you can gain extra insurance by using a small soft brush to hand-pollinate all of the flowers.

Oh dear.....I think I may have made a mistake!!!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:41

Yep, looks like it to me too.  Defo a Malva.

Butterflies

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:43
Edd wrote (see)

For some reason my (" )quote is not working any more.

"Nut, do you have a special way of attracting moths for a moth count?

 I read about old socks dipped in a mixture of red wine and sugar but it seemed a waste of red wine."

Is this true FB???

 

SOUNDS MORE LIKE A FLY TRAP?

 

Edd, the quote feature has gone wonky.  However, I discovered by accident a few days ago that if you click quote twice (so it says 'unquote') then it works - proof above!

Kale & Beans

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:39

Usually about 1.5x1.5m fidget, so small enough to reach in to the centre.  I agree it would be a bit of a tangle on anything larger!

Beetroot

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:17

Also don't feed too much nitrogen which will promote leaf growth at the expense of the stem swelling (applies to kohl rabbi and swedes too, which are also technically swollen stems.)

Edit: just double-checked - beetroot is actually classed as a swollen root but most of that grows above the ground.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 280
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 143
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: 131
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 443
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 253
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: 491
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Replies: 4    Views: 332
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: 404
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
Replies: 3    Views: 195
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
Replies: 16    Views: 493
Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
Replies: 13    Views: 504
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
Replies: 48    Views: 3572
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
Replies: 31    Views: 1467
Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
Replies: 5    Views: 460
Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
Replies: 24    Views: 1637
Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16
1 to 15 of 23 threads