Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Can anyone identify this?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 01:55

Looks like a banana of some kind to me, judging by the leaves and growth habit.

Leaning Apple Tree

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 22:46

It looks like it has struggled to get enough light so has grown away from the fence and what look like very tall overhanging trees.  Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do that will encourage a mature tree  to grow upright and hacking off large sections is something you are right to worried about for the reasons you mention.  I would trim off some of the lower parts hanging down the slope now (summer pruning restricts growth) to make mowing easier and just enjoy the fact that you have a tree with 'personality'!
The old adage 'growth follows the knife' particularly applies to apple tree winter pruning so strong growth will occur where you prune it the hardest, which is the opposite of what most folk expect.

Strawberry Toscana - Distorted fruit

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 17:38

Distorted fruit can be due to poor pollination.  If you can't put them somewhere with more insect visitors, try using a soft brush to hand polllinate the flowers.

Angelica Archangelica pest

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 16:53

Looks like celery leaf mining fly which affects quite a few related plants.  I have it on some parsnips at the moment and remove and dispose of affected leaves as I spot them.

Tiny lettuce

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 00:38

I agree, looks like lollo rosso.  If you want to grow a large, crunchy, tight-headed lettuce, iceberg types are reliable and easy to grow.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 23:12

Oops, I somehow missed the side view - not sure about artichoke now but I always eat them before that stage!

Last edited: 10 August 2016 23:13:24

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 22:51

I think the thistle thing is a globe artichoke.

I.D. Please

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 21:12

Agree, looks like majoram or oregano and needs a scent test to be sure.

Rotting onions

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 18:46

Hopefully, it's not white rot:

Monty had this on a recent Gardener's World in the onions in his raised bed as he can no longer grow them in the ground due to this disease.  The best advice regardless of whether it is this or another disease is to destroy the affected ones and don't put them on the compost heap.

Cucumbers shrivelling up

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 11:16

I suspect spider mite damage, judging by those leaves.  They can be controlled by a natural predator, see here:

Other suppliers are available of course.  They are expensive but you'll find nothing else really works and even the predators will not resurrect plants damaged by a heavy infestation.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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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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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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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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