Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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.

This weed is taking over my allotment

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:45

If it self-seeded, you will have to keep hoeing the seedlings for a few years - this and many other common weeds have a seed viability in soil of about 6-7 years (hence the phrase " One year's seeds, 7 years weeds".)  It would be worth putting black plastic or similar down if you can on any unused areas as this will make the seed germinate because of the extra heat it produces but they will then die due to lack of light.  In modern parlance, that is called 'soil solarization'.  

Plant ID, please

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:00

One of the dogwoods?

Are They Ready? What Kind?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 13:57

If the seeds are beginning to form then you have probably left them slightly too long.  I would harvest them at 6" as scroggin says.  The danger is that once seeds start forming, the plants tend to think their job is done and can stop producing new flowers and fruit;  Regular picking will give you a longer harvest period (until the weather gets too cold for them is the ideal.)

Last edited: 22 July 2017 13:57:51

Caterpillar for ID

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 11:35

Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass):

Hoggy - second attempt

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 19:34

Nice one sheps - a cute hog you have there!

Dahlia side shoots broke by wind

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 18:47

It will heal.  You could use a sharp knife to make it a clean cut which will help it heal quicker and lessen the chances of disease but it's not absolutely necessary.

Something on my Crapemertal

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:37

Yes indeed, sooty mould grows on the sugars dropped on top of leaves by aphids feeding on the foliage above.

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