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Mystery tomato plant

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:01

We know our onions.. erm tomatoes, Dove!

Mystery tomato plant

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:56

Some tomato types are called 'potato leaved' varieties and that's what you have there.  Perfectly normal and probably one of the 'heritage' plugs.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 15:21

Will be picking the last of the strawbs this weekend, but the summer raspberries are now producing as are the blueberries, red gooseberries and worcesterberries.  Also blackberries, cucumbers, spuds, tomatoes, calebrese, courgettes and turnips.  Climbing french beans have lots of tiny beans on too.  Japanese plums starting to ripen as are the peaches and the apple trees are absolutely loaded this year.  Only real disappointment are the cherries as woodpigeons scoffed them all before I could net them!  Oh and the Goji berries - 3rd year now and not even a single flower!

wood pidgeons

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 15:06

Mark, try stringing a wire between two posts or other points and hanging the feeders from the wire, at least a metre from either end.  That also helps deter squirrels, too.  I had to remove the trays I fitted to the bottom of my feeders as the woodpigeons had learnt how to land and balance on the trays.  It's a constant battle trying to outwit them as they are intelligent birds and learn new tricks fast!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:17

They do like a drink:

Raised beds on allotment

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:02

On allotments, I would grow in the ground.  However, raised beds can be useful if you have very heavy clay soil or if you have trouble with certain pests as you can more easily cover a raised bed with enviromesh or fleece.  The latter works well against pests common on allotments such as carrot fly.

wood pidgeons

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:49

Netting is the only thing that works for me Bill.  You could try a fake bird of prey (ie a decoy) - google 'pigeon scarer decoy' for a range.

please not a weed?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:44

It's a Greater Plantain and is a weed I'm afraid Cathy.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 14:28

Just about the only things you can safely use on edible crops and which might work against beetles is diatomaceous earth or neem oil, Lynn. 


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:50

I wonder if there are also flea beetles present and it is those which are causing the damage with the pollen beetles just being incidental, Dove?

It would be difficult to tell as the flea beetles would jump off at the slightest disturbance.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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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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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