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Can you identify this?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 00:20

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis).  It can be a bit invasive but is useful in very shady areas.  If you decide to keep it, cut the flowers off after they fade or it will seed everywhere. 

Tomatoe supports

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:46

On a steel-framed greenhouse that would be the best thing to do, Steve.

Please identify!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:42

You could stake and tie them up but there is a danger of snapping the stems..

What's been eating my peppers?!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:40

Had the same on one of mine - 'twas a caterpillar and took quite a bit of finding as it seemed to be good at hide and seek!  Removed to bird table..

Please identify!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:36

You can give tall sedums the 'Chelsea chop' at the end of May which results in shorter stems which don't flop over (so much) and lots more flowers.   Did it to mine this year and will now be keeping them - I was considering sacrificing them as I was fed up of them falling over and smothering other things.

Tomatoe supports

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:30

I drilled small holes through part of the frame and strung a length of strong galvanised garden wire along the length of each side.  Then it is easy to tie twine to the wire above each plant.  I'll upload a few photo's if you'd like to see how that works, Susan?

Not all frames are suitable but it should be possible on most of the common aluminium types.

Virus

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:32

Malwarebytes anti-malware (MBAM) is probably the best bet for cleaning-up a multiple infection.

A lot of these nasties now enter via infected adverts (which can appear even on legitimate web sites) so ad-blockers are a must.  If using IE9 or above, be sure to use the built-in Tracking Protection List (TPL) feature with a suitable adblock TPL.  See this Microsoft information:

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/TrackingProtectionLists/

Easylist used here.  No ads, no tracking, no problems!

 

Bell Pepper Issue

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:08

Try using a small soft brush to hand-pollinate the flowers as soon as they open.  I always do this and have had 100% fruit set so far this year.  All you need to do is very gently push the brush into each and every open flower.

Tiny Holes in My Spuds

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:15

I have keel slugs and the best solution I've found is to grow slug resistant varieties.  This year I tried watering-in nemaslug and grew a non-resistant variety of 1st early which I know are susceptible (Orla) and they had a fair bit of damage, so using nematodes may not help, or more applications than I used may be necessary.  Reliably resistant varieties here are Kestrel (2nd early) and Sarpo Mira (late maincrop.)  Fair resistance from King Edward and Golden Wonder.

BTW, I have clay soil which keel slugs seem to love.

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:34

Suncherry Premium (F1) is an excellent red cherry - almost as sweet as the yellow Sungold which Philippa mentioned.  Those two always have a place here.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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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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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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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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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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