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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Please identify!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:36

You can give tall sedums the 'Chelsea chop' at the end of May which results in shorter stems which don't flop over (so much) and lots more flowers.   Did it to mine this year and will now be keeping them - I was considering sacrificing them as I was fed up of them falling over and smothering other things.

Tomatoe supports

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:30

I drilled small holes through part of the frame and strung a length of strong galvanised garden wire along the length of each side.  Then it is easy to tie twine to the wire above each plant.  I'll upload a few photo's if you'd like to see how that works, Susan?

Not all frames are suitable but it should be possible on most of the common aluminium types.

Virus

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:32

Malwarebytes anti-malware (MBAM) is probably the best bet for cleaning-up a multiple infection.

A lot of these nasties now enter via infected adverts (which can appear even on legitimate web sites) so ad-blockers are a must.  If using IE9 or above, be sure to use the built-in Tracking Protection List (TPL) feature with a suitable adblock TPL.  See this Microsoft information:

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/TrackingProtectionLists/

Easylist used here.  No ads, no tracking, no problems!

 

Bell Pepper Issue

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:08

Try using a small soft brush to hand-pollinate the flowers as soon as they open.  I always do this and have had 100% fruit set so far this year.  All you need to do is very gently push the brush into each and every open flower.

Tiny Holes in My Spuds

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:15

I have keel slugs and the best solution I've found is to grow slug resistant varieties.  This year I tried watering-in nemaslug and grew a non-resistant variety of 1st early which I know are susceptible (Orla) and they had a fair bit of damage, so using nematodes may not help, or more applications than I used may be necessary.  Reliably resistant varieties here are Kestrel (2nd early) and Sarpo Mira (late maincrop.)  Fair resistance from King Edward and Golden Wonder.

BTW, I have clay soil which keel slugs seem to love.

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:34

Suncherry Premium (F1) is an excellent red cherry - almost as sweet as the yellow Sungold which Philippa mentioned.  Those two always have a place here.

Last years nettlefeed

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:15

Yes - I'm currently using 3 year old comfrey tea with excellent results.

Capsicums

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:13

Seems to only happen to mine in the conservatory (which sometimes gets a bit too hot), so I suspect they do it as some sort of dehydration response.

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:10

Decide to change one:

Quantum of Solanaceae

Just also realised what a silly name the Nightshade family has.  Shade.. at night?

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:09

Westward Hoe!

The Three Mosquitoes

Chili Willy

Quantum of Spinach

I'll get me coat..

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
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