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Something is eating my tomatoes!

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 16:49

Well done Alan.  I get these almost every year, the little devils!

Mitox won't start

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 16:46

Could be electrical - are you getting a spark?  The easy way to tell is to use a spark plug tester - google that and you'll see them on ebay for about 2 quid.  If no spark, it might be a faulty ignition switch or HT lead/cap.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:35

It's not himalayan balsam which have small flower spikes.  Pretty sure it's a sunflower going by the large bud shape and leaves.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:22

Sunflowers I think.

Clematis Seeds

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 16:23

Also, the majority of seeds won't be viable - only the larger ones are likely to germinate.  Here's a photo of one of mine which is nearly ready (seeds are turning brown) - I'd only expect the two obvious large seeds to grow:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/90598.jpg?width=350

 

Something is eating my tomatoes!

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:08

Another possibility is caterpillars of the tomato moth (Bright-line Brown-eye moth):

http://www.getseedy.co.uk/2011/08/hands-off-my-tomatoes/

They are experts at hiding and the only real remedy is to pick them off by hand - if you can find them!  They tend to hide along supports and string and are mainly nocturnal.

Can't identify Blackcurrant bush disease

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:36

It's difficult to see from the photo's but I suspect it is woolly scale insects (Pulvinaria vitis.)  The white waxy blobs are created by the female to protect her eggs.  Most insecticides are ineffective against the waxy coating and it's inadvisable to use those on edible fruit bushes anyway so my advice would be to rub them off with your fingers, squashing the female and her eggs in the process.  A small stiff brush may help.  You could also try a winter tree wash around Christmas time.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:08

Thanks for the vote of confidence zoomer  but I'm pretty sure Ann was referring to this clip in the projects section of the website and I just (roughly) transcribed what Monty Don said:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/fruit-and-vegetables/how-to-grow-potatoes-in-a-bag/257.html

Help with planning my garden

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:47

Hi Patsy, check that you haven't accidentally 'ignored' Fairygirl as it's very easy to do.  Go to 'My settings' (at the top right of the page) then to 'Forum settings' and then look in the 'Members I am ignoring' box.  If Fairygirl is in there click the red 'x remove' and things will be fixed.

Onion Squash

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 23:14

Yes, cook it like a butternut - they are delicious!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

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

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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