BobTheGardener


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Something on my Crapemertal

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:37

Yes indeed, sooty mould grows on the sugars dropped on top of leaves by aphids feeding on the foliage above.

Aquilegia

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:34

 They do naturally grow long tap-roots, so better to pot them on if you can't plant them out yet as Fairy said.  Too late for this year but worth getting some root trainer modules if you grow them again.  I have only been using those for a couple of years but the results are excellent for all types of deep rooted plants and veg.

Portugese Laurel

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 15:50

Yes, cut those main stems back to live wood.  Laurels grow rapidy when cut back hard.  If you scrape some of the bark off of those main stems and find it is green underneath then there is a chance they are still alive.  If brown or grey then they are dead and will never sprout sideshoots.  I have one which regularly gets cut back hard and grows about a metre per year afterwards.  Pruning promotes vigorous new growth;  There's an old gardeners saying which goes "Growth follows the knife" and is never truer than when pruning back laurel.

Help with identification

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 14:41

Judging by the leaves in the background, I would think it's a camellia, possibly Camellia sasanqua.

Tree/fruit identification

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 14:37

Looks like a cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera.)  All plums are edible but some taste nicer than others.  Give one a try.

Problem with Tomatoes

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 12:57

Sometimes, growing tips develop at the end of the trusses (that's the bit carrying the flowers and fruit.)  You should remove those if that happens.  It may be that there are simply more nutrients in the gro-bags so the plants are growing more greenery.  That doesn't mean they will produce more or better tasting fruit though and toms grown in relatively poor soil often produce tastier fruit.

Stupid question?

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 12:51

They will be fine in there, Elspeth.  In addition I use a cold frame and when I run out of room put them by the side of the house which keeps the worst of the weather off.  Perennials are pretty tough but don't like to be waterlogged over the winter - keep the compost damp but not wet after they have died down.

Aubergines

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 12:46

Scroggin is right and I hand-pollinated mine, just in case.  This is a photo from yesterday:


Please help identify this weed

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 12:42

It has green buds which open to white flowers then small green berries form which eventually turn yellow, orange then red.  Every part of the plant is poisonous.


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/white-bryony

Please help identify this weed

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 10:35

White bryony I think, jez.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Hoglet!

Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41
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