Latest posts by BobTheGardener


Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:41

Taste one - if you like it, they are ready!  Gooseberries get sweeter as they ripen and the red type are ready from when they start turning colour but won't be as sweet as when they are fully red.  It's down to personal taste when you pick them.

Identification please

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 11:38

It looks a bit like polianthes tuberosa but can't say for sure until the flowers open fully.  If that one single open flower is fully open, it probably isn't this.

What is this?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 11:28

It can be a bit dodgy to buy seeds from Amazon or Ebay etc.  You never really know what you are getting and we've had posts from folk who have been sent packets of weed seeds!  I'm sure many suppliers are genuine, but some certainly are not!

Geranium cuttings

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:50

Thay can pick up viruses over time so best replaced every few years.  However, perhaps the soil in the window boxes is tired and needs replacing?

Grass for an orchard?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:46

Bark chippings will keep the annual weeds down and you can remove any perennial weeds when they pop through.

Weed/tree suckers?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:37

Agree with nut - possibly cherry, too.  Any plum or cherry trees in your or neighbours garden?
As for eradication, unless you remove the 'mother' tree and roots these suckers are coming from, all you can do is keep mowing them down.

What is this?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:29

I think it's Hedgehog gourd (Cucumis dipsaceus),  a wild form as Dove says and native to the Middle East.  They turn yellow when ripe ((probably where the 'lemon' description comes in) and are reported as bitter but less so when still green.  See this Australian seed supllier:

Ridiculously pleased with mahonia cuttings

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 22:52

Be aware that thick sections like that are capable of growing shoots out of the stored energy in the tissue but may not have rooted yet, especially in such a short time.  I had a rose cutting which looked similar and was developing new shoots and leaves but eventually died after about 3-4 months and when I checked it had grown no roots at all!  I'm sure they will root if they haven't already but I wouldn't risk repotting or planting out yet and would do as fairy says - a sheltered spot and regular tlc.

Plant I.D. Please

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 11:52

It's one of the Solanums (nightshades), possibly Solanum pseudocapsicum (Jerusalem cherry.)  Slightly poisonous fruit, so not edible.

Last edited: 15 July 2017 11:53:01

Butternut squash out of control?

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 21:02

Aha!  Hawk is a variety bred to produce lots of smaller fruit (up to 0.7kg) so you can let more grow than the larger fruited varieties.  50 does sound a bit excessive though!  Because they keep so well once properly ripened, you want to get as many to that stage as possible and stop them producing fruit which won't have time.  It's really difficult to say how many you should limit it to, but I would certainly start nipping off any new fruit which form from now on.

Here's a field trial report from the RHS which includes Hawk:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Wrong variety but happy 
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Came home this evening to find this 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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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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