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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Weed Fabric Control

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 17:57

Tina, when I covered my front drive in slate chippings, I put down a layer of weed control fabric and a second layer of ground control fabric (which is stronger) on top of that to protect the weed fabric from the sharp edges of the stones.  The reason I did this is that I previously found that gravel punctures weed control fabric when that is used on its own.  The stuff I used came from screwfix and is working extremely well.


Tomatoe Plants

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 17:30

Some of the large fruited varieties do this and you get a larger, sometimes very distorted fruit from that flower.  It may be caused by fasciation or is believed to be natural in some varieties and is called the 'king' flower and produces a 'king' fruit.




Identification of Plant

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 17:21

It's a snapdragon (antirrhinum), Enez.


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 16:17

I didn't see any earlier in the year and about a month ago my broad beans became infested with blackfly, far too many to knock off with the hose and too many to try washing-up liquid spray (I don't use any commercial pesticides any more) so I just decided to leave them to see what would happen.

The plants are sill crawling with insects.. but now they are ladybirds and their larvae and most of the blackfly have been eaten!  The crop is much reduced of course but there are now hundreds of ladybirds available in my garden and they are flying onto other plants and cleaning those up too.

Basically, the broad bean plants acted as a ladybird farm.


Posted: 04/07/2015 at 17:47

The cheapest way is to buy bare root bushes which become available from Autumn to early Spring and should be planted immediately providing the ground isn't frozen.  Get 2 or 3 year old bushes if you can.  You can also buy pot-grown bushes and those can be planted at any time.  Prepare the ground well by digging-in a lot of well-rotted manure and/or compost now and it will be ready for when you buy and plant them.  Each year, mulch the surface of the ground around them with more compost/manure and they will have everything they need although a sprinking of blood, fish and bone in spring will be of benefit.  Harvest the fruit when it is ripe (easy to tell as the birds will suddenly become very interested in them!) which will be any time from about mid June to the end of July depending on where you are.


Posted: 04/07/2015 at 17:27

Yes, one pot each Angela.


Posted: 04/07/2015 at 15:33

6 inch pots are too small for a tomato and will dry out too quickly hence the wilting.  Pot them on into pots of about twice that diameter and they will be fine.

Strange fungus

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 15:29

I agree and would get a tree surgeon in to give an opinion.  As nut says, the tree is certain to have started rotting inside for the fungus to appear and with that huge side branch making it look rather unbalanced, it may get into a dangerous state and come down one day in strong winds.

Moving my tomatoes

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:27

Sounds a bit risky to me Hover_fly - tomatoes are brittle plants at the best of times and I fear you may break the stems, leaves or trusses if you try moving them at this size.

Perhaps you could try moving the middle plant from the growbag - at least you would still have two if anything went wrong.  Fill the now empty space in the old growbag with compost and the remaining plants will soon send roots into it.

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:14

It's possible the unmarked dahlia tubers were originally grown from seed (the range of forms supports that idea) in which case they won't have names, so you can call them what you like!   If you take cuttings of your favourite ones when they first sprout next spring, each plant will be identical to the one you took the cutting from, but you need to remember to mark your favourite tubers before they are cut back after the first frost of course!)  I grow lots of dahlias from seed mixes and get some really nice ones.  Some of the giant ones grow over 6ft from a seed in just a few months - amazing plants really.

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