London (change)
Today 15°C / 14°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 8°C

BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

suckers on tomatoes produced flowers should I cut them off??

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:14

They are generally grown as cordon (ie no side shoots) but the heirloom variety is semi-determinate so can be grown either way.  To confuse us further, there is also a bush version!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 01:39

The larvae have already hatched and are munching away at your lilies right now!

The gunge is actually their poo which they cover themselves with after digesting the lily leaves they are eating (I know, disgusting little devils aren't they?!)  If left, they can completely strip all the leaves in just a few days.

If you don't mind using chemicals, you could spray them all with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer, which is a systemic insecticide which will be absorbed into the lily plants and will kill them in short order.  Unfortunately, it is toxic to all insects including bees, so if you have to resort to using it, make sure to read the instructions on the spray carefully and try to ensure it only goes on your lilies (bees aren't that keen on lily flowers anyway, so the risk of harming them is relatively low.)

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 22:08

Pauline, underneath every pile of gunge is a lily beetle larva - that is how they protect themselves.  The larvae actually cause far more damage than the adult beetles so you need to remove and squish them.  Ether use gloves or wipe them off with tissue paper etc.  Now you know you have Lily Beetle in your area, keep a sharp eye out for them early next year, from the time the lilies start growing.  If you can catch the adults before they mate and lay eggs (which are also bright red), you can limit the damage by the larvae when they hatch.

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 19:18

Hi the_shedman, woodlice only go into strawberries when they have already been damaged - they don't have jaws strong enough to pierce the skin and normally only feed on rotting vegetation in the leaf-litter.  Something else is munching on them, the most likely being slugs/snails or blackbirds and then the woodlice are taking advantage.

tomatoes

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 15:39

Hi David, this is normal when the temperature varies a lot between day and night.  If the leaves look healthy, it's nothing to worry about.

Diseased Plant

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 00:27

Looks like 'shot hole' which can be caused by either a fungus or a bacteria.  It is not serious for the health of the plant and is due to the weather - damp conditions.  The laurel should get over it as conditions improve, but as it is looking very sorry for itself, spraying with a general fungicide might be a good idea.  The RHS advice is here:

http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=568

 

Lovely surprise

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 22:39

Hi all,

I forgot to pick some strawberries this evening, so had to nip out at 10pm.

While hunting for ripe ones in what was left of the light, I came across someone else having a snack:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49402.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

There used to be hedgehogs in my garden but I've not heard them snuffling or seen one for about 3 years, so it's great that they're back!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:50

The General (Sikorski) is showing its medals off today!

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49377.jpg?width=350

whats happened to my lily?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:44

One of my delphiniums fasciated this year.  It bent back upon itself but has many more flowers than the one you can see just to the left, behind it.  BTW, the white flower spike by the trellis in the background it an 8-9ft tall foxglove!

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49376.jpg?width=350

mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:29

Yes, I find that on my Autumn Bliss if I treat them that way.  I wouldn't to it to my Polka as I love the big fruits they produce - yum!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 369
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 333
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 191
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! 
Replies: 3    Views: 180
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 499
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 309
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 675
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Replies: 4    Views: 407
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
Replies: 10    Views: 479
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
Replies: 3    Views: 234
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
Replies: 16    Views: 540
Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
Replies: 13    Views: 555
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
Replies: 48    Views: 4203
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
Replies: 31    Views: 1706
Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
Replies: 5    Views: 510
Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
1 to 15 of 24 threads