Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Blueberry problem

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 19:15

I would think part shade if you are growing them in Spain and keeping them well watered will be essential - blackcurrants will not tolerate drought.  Good luck and let us know how you get on.


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 19:05

You can't embed videos, no matter how you do it.  All you can do is give folks the shortcut (youtube call it 'Video URL', like this:


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 17:13

Upload it to youtube and post a link here.  That's what I do as this site doesn't support videos (yet?..)

Blueberry problem

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 17:11

Those aren't blueberry leaves, they are some kind of ribes (currant), probably blackcurrant.  Currants don't like ericaceous soil and don't do well in pots.  I would plant them in the ground and keep them well watered until the leaves fall in autumn.


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:43

Wild blackberries now ripe in the hedge and the cultivated ones have about 20% ripe. Leics.

Stupid question?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 12:01

I agree, start them off in a seed tray, transfer to pots and grow on until they are relatively large plants before putting them at the back of your border.  You will get much better plants and can more easily protect them from the bane of all gardeners, slugs & snails.

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:54

I think the early warm weather this year has really suited them, Pete.
Tina - I have a heated bed now but always used to start them off on the windowsill in small pots covered with an inverted plastic bottle with the top cut off.  I have also used those unheated windowsill propagators with the module trays they sell cheaply in Wilkos etc. with excellent results.

What on earth is this?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:14

It's the seed head of an Arum, very likely Arum maculatum (aka cuckoo pint, lords and ladies etc.)  The poisonous seeds will turn red and look very decorative.  It can be very invasive so I would remove the whole stalk before the seeds drop.

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 10:58

Nice one Pete, they are looking really healthy!   My ones from seed are rapidly catching up now.  I always do both so have sweet peppers and chillies even if the overwintered ones don't make it (plus there are still some in the freezer I think.)  No such thing as too many capsicums!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 10:41

Overnight rain (much needed!) just stopping now.  Dug some spuds up yesterday and the soil was dry all the way down to the tubers.

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