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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Raspberry worms?

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 15:37

Pretty much, yes.  Make sure you pick every fruit though as the lifecycle of the beetle involves the grubs dropping to the ground when they emerge from the ripe fruit and burying themselves where they pupate, ready to emerge as adults next year and which will lay eggs on the young flowers.  If you can break that cycle it should reduce damage next year.  One way of doing that is to lift some of the new canes, wash the soil from their roots and plant in another part of the garden.

I'm with Dove on the Autumn fruiting ones (Polka is excellent) for the same reason!

Damson or plum........

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 15:28

Plums fruit on old wood, so any pruning will mean losing some of next year's harvest.  Now is the best time to renovate an old tree but you need to do it over several years and control the 'water shoots' (lots of vertical growth) which will follow any hard pruning by cutting most of them back next summer.  More advice on the RHS site:

Is the tree shaded by another larger tree nearby (that's what it looks like in the photo)?  If so, the reason it has grown like this is that it it searching for light and you could consider reducing the crown of the larger tree.  If that isn't practical then it might be best to sacrifice it and plant a new plum where it will get full sunlight.

CLG Roses

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 18:51

Just short for 'climbing' I think nitram.

Architectural plant help needed

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 18:03

If you could put a couple of posts in a few inches from the wall with trellis between them, you would be able to plant a climber if you wanted an evergreen clematis or an ivy etc.

Butternut Squash Plant is, well .... squashed!

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 15:34

Something in the soil eating the roots like vine weevil grubs?  You could try tipping the soil out onto a sheet of plastic etc and look for small white C shaped grubs like the image at the bottom of the RHS page:


New Garden

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 12:25

Improved clay soil is one of the best soils there is.  It is hard work adding manure, compost and grit when you first start, but well worth it! 

Onion Smut!

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 12:16

I now always start my onion sets off in modules in the greenhouse.  This gives them an early start and also prevents the birds from pulling them up as they have decent roots when transplanted into the onion beds.  In your case this should prevent smut, too.  However, if you also have white rot in your soil, it won't help:


Young Wisteria

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 12:07

Kath, there will probably be several shoots which have grown this year and are much longer than any others.  Train and tie-in one of these shoots to each of your wires - these will become the main stems.  Shorten any remaining long shoots which are left to 5-6 leaves - this will convert them into flowering shoots and you should further shorten them to a couple of buds in late winter. 

dreary daphne

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 20:42

As nut says, we really need to know which one you have rosemary.

In general they need neutral soil and do not do well in clay as they require good drainage.  They are also deep rooted and don't tend to do very well in containers.  I have two Daphne Odora aureomarginata bought from the same supplier at the same time.  One is doing well but the other hasn't really grown (just like yours) so my conclusion is that they are a bit of a finicky plant at the best of times.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:23

And don't forget to label the trays & pots rosemummy or we'll be seeing 'please identify these seedlings' messages from you next spring.

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