Latest posts by BobTheGardener

I have no Butterflys - help

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:32

It's been a bad year and butterflies are suffering in many parts.  I normally see masses of commas, tortoiseshell and red admiral amongst many others but hardly any this year.  Quite a few large and small cabbage whites though!

Breeze Block Garden

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:29

You've made a lovely job with those breezeblocks, bplp, and lovely colourful planting!  Quite a transformation from that large area of paving which always looks rather drab and sterile I think.

Cayenne peppers

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 10:21

The same for the vampires, Alison.  The problem with general feeds is they tend to have a bit too much nitrogen compared with tomato feed and this can lead to excessive leafy growth at the expense of fruit which need more potash (potash is the K value in the NPK ratio printed on the pack.)

Cayenne peppers

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:57

In that case, try reducing the amount of feeding.  Capsicums don't need feeding very much and once a fortnight would be ample.  It is usually recommended to feed them with a tomato feed but at half the strength you would use on tomatoes.

Things that make me squirm

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:32

Things that I've said and done in my younger days, memories of which pop into my mind on random occasions..  I've since learnt to think before I speak or act, a skill I wish I had developed a few decades ago!

Cayenne peppers

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:25

The buds aren't even opening Pete, so my advice would be to change the watering regime and water them in the morning rather than the evening.  I would probably water them less, too.  My conservatory gets up to 40C and I only water every two or three days at most.  The only other thing I can think of is that they may not like the early morning sun and might be better moved so they get it later in the day.  Are the plants growing well other than the buds falling off, Alison?

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 17:23

Showers started at about 1pm but the sunny intervals got shorter and shorter until it was constant rain which looks like it'll go on now til dark.  Forecast here is similar for tomorrow.

dead grass & small round holes

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:36

Do you ever see birds pecking at the lawn, particularly corvids like rooks?  If so, they could be making the holes while they are after chafer or leatherjacket grubs which may be eating the roots and causing the dead patches.  You can get nemasys nematode products which you water on to kill the grubs.

If not birds then a photo of the holes might help.

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:19

Google "SBK Brushwood Killer" to get the correct hits - Wilko usually have it on the shelves too.

Courgette issues!

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:56

It's not unknown for seed suppliers to get their seeds mixed up and I suspect that is the case here.  You don't normally let courgettes ripen - the idea is to pick them when they are the size you want (in my opinion, the smaller they are picked, the tastier they are.)  If you leave them on the plant too long they can become huge in some varieties - basically marrows!)  If you leave them long enough to form seeds inside, the plant will often stop producing more flowers and fruit.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

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Border design by Spanish bluebells

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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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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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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