BobTheGardener


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Is it safe to plant a crabapple tree next to a manhole cover?

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 15:02

Lift the cover and see which way the drain goes.  If it goes under your flowers then I wouldn't risk it.  If it goes from your house to the road then you'll probably be ok if you plant it further over as you already mentioned.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 14:54

Perfect weather here too - about 24C, sunny with a light breeze and 50% humidity.  About time I had some nice weather whilst on hols!

Summer fruiting raspberries

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 14:51

The pear is suffering from pear rust - remove every affected leaf and either burn or put in domestic waste.  Also pick up any fallen leaves and do the same.  This year has been particularly bad for pear rust and all of my trees have been affected to some extent.  The disease has two hosts and overwinters on Junipers, so if there are any of those in your or neighbouring gardens, it'll be back next year.


The raspberry has 'white drupelet disorder' which is thought to be caused by too much sun (UV damage - a bit like sunburn to us) on the fruit, so it could be the position is a little too open and sunny for them (raspberries can take a fair amount of shade and still crop well.)  I grow my rows orientated north-south which helps as the canes then shade each other to some extent.

Will these figs ripen in time?

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 14:39

If they don't grow any bigger and stay pea-sized there is a chance they will survive the winter and will grow and ripen next year.  If they carry on growing this year they won't ripen or survive the winter so best removed.  See RHS advice, here:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=106

Sick Sumach stags horn

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:55

Possibly Phytophthora ramorum, a fungal disease to which Rhus typhina is suscepible and which starts at the roots.  One of the symptoms can be a black goo oozing from stems.  The white rot is probably unrelated - lots of fungi grow on already dead wood but few spread to live wood.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:07

Spent all morning trying to remove the last of 4 screws holding the blades on my shredder as they needed sharpening.  Finally resorted to the use of a blowtorch to heat it up and an impact driver to remove!


As soon as I actually started shredding I noticed, 3 feet away, wasps going in and out of the pile of dry stuff I keep to feed in with the green stuff (helps keep it from clogging) so had to proceed with great caution so as not to disturb them!  I'll leave that pile alone now until the winter when they will be gone.


Tip:  Unless you have a very large garden, do not plant a kiwi fruit vine which you have grown from the seeds of a supermarket fruit!  They grow like wildfire once established and no sign of even a single flower let alone fruit after about 10 years.  I removed one a couple of years ago, dug down 3 feet to get as much root out as I could but it has reappeared this year.   3 more to go.. 

What is this weed?

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:50

It might be the one Ceres said if there is any evidence of thorns but I suspect it is snowberry which is also well known for sending out suckers:


http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/thread/?threadId=980161

Dark coloured Tomato with smoky flavour

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 13:55

There are a number of varieties sold as 'Black Russian' so you could try a different seed supplier.  T&M say theirs are 'medium sized'.  The Black Russian I know are indeed large fruits.


I would also look at suppliers which specialise in heritage varieties such as realseeds, jungleseeds & plantsofdistinction.

Dahlias

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 13:41

Suppliers are notorious for misspelling plant names.  Sometimes it turns into a sort of 'Chinese whispers' and we end up with half of them selling something that looks like a different variety but is just the result of a series of ever more corrupted names.  I often wonder if this is often done on purpose to avoid them being taken to court for selling plants to which they don't have the breeding rights..   

Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:54

When I have them Lily, you can't see either the jam or the scone under the huge pile of cream I put on them!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

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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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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