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uploading images

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:07

Here are some images I snagged from the screen which may help:

Use the left mouse button to click on the ones circled in red.

sweetcorn plugs

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:03

Yes, give them a bit longer Linda and plant out when 5-6 inches tall.

butternut squash

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 17:05

It's quite normal and they'll probably be male flowers anyway.  Some of mine are doing the same.  I generally find the fruits start setting on those female flowers which appear about a metre away from the main stem.

plant id please

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:49

I think it's a natural variegation.  This can occur in many species and is a result of genetic mutation.  Sometimes there is still enough photosynthesis going on for the plant to remain healthy, sometimes not and they eventually die.  Only time will tell if it's going to be worth keeping.  If it flowers, sets seed and any of the resulting seedlings also show variegation, plant breeders may be interested in it.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 22:58

Hi Zoomer, they're not particularly good at it, but like most beetles they can fly..


Non fruiting apple tree

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:37

Have a look on the orangepippintrees site which has lots of info on types.  According to them it's a flowering group 2 and a list of pollination partners are here, so check that your other varieties are in the list:

If so, it might just need another year to get going properly.



Cobweb-Like Material on Olive

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:56

It could be spider mite - you'll need to use a magnifying glass to check as they are too small to be seen with the unaided eyes of most people.


Help with Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:41

Google for "caper spurge" and see if it looks like that.

Non fruiting apple tree

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:39

Some varieties tend to go in 2-year cycles with masses of fruit one year, little or none the next.  What variety of cooker is it?

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:32

Apart from spuds (4 varieties, 20 of each), I've gone for more variety and less quantity this year.  10 types of tomato, 5 types of sweet pepper, 2 types of chilli, broad, runner, yardlong & French beans, 5 types of winter squash, summer pumpkin, cucumber, red & white onions, shallots, cabbage, 5 types of lettuce, mangetout, leeks, sweet potatoes, parsnips, 5 types of carrot.  On the fruit front, 2 types of blackberry, 4 types of raspberry, 6 types of blueberry, 2 types of honeyberry, gojiberry, gooseberry, 2 types of plum, 5 types of apple, 2 types of cherry, 6 types of strawberry, lingonberry, worcesterberry, wineberry, chokeberry.  I don't have a massive garden so not quite sure how I've managed to squeeze all that lot in!  

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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