Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Ants in the greenhouse

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 23:34

Try nematodes.  Apparently ants will not tolerate nematodes near their nest and will move it.  No toxic effects so will not affect your figs.  Look for 'nemasys no ants'

Advice on scruffy aubretia, please

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 22:01

Best to cut them back (ie give them a bit of a haircut) immediately after flowering, which would usually be about late May/early June.  It might be a bit late to do it now and you could lose a lot of next year's blooms.

Can you I D Please?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:51

I've managed to zoom in on the image and am almost certain it is indeed a rudbeckia and looks like a double form:

Very short stemmed amaryllis

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 20:02

According to this website:

"Stunted plants, flowers growing on short stems (out of their necks) and poor flower formation are usually caused by excessive watering prior to the initiation of top growth, nutrient-poor soil, improper storage conditions, and by under or over watering during plant growth. "

Chilli and Pepper plants.

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:53

The riper chillies are, the hotter they are, so pick them to suit your own heat tolerance is my advice.

Tomatoplant suddenly wilted

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:44

Ash is alkaline and coffee grounds are acidic so all I can think is that mixing the two have produced something the plant doesn't like (going back to my school science, that would be a salt.)  Remove as much of the grounds and ash as you can and give it a really good watering to try and flush the stuff out.  If it still looks the same in a couple of days, flush it with water again.

Tomato plants don't need any feeding until they have flowered and tiny fruit have set.  You can then water it with a liquid tomato feed.  I would avoid using ash on it which can be chemically too strong and coffee grounds don't really have any nutrient value, so avoid those too.

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:57

Yes, I keep a small patch of them and just pull them up when they spread too much.  Not much choice really as the roots are too deep to dig out without damaging my other shrubs but they are very pretty and keep the bees happy.

Fixing browk plants with selotape

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:53

They only stop growing after flowering and the seeds start forming, or when the frost gets them.  As there won't be any flowers if you cut it, they should geep growing until the first frost which, judging by last year, could be a long time coming!

Winter aconite advice

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:16

Try a few ecokid - if happy, they soon multiply.  Pulmonaria is a good bet though.

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:14

One of our more regular IDs nut, together with the one planted by aliens (caper spurge)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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I thought these were philadelphus 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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