Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tomatoes and basil

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:13

Did you harden off the basil before planting it?  Basil is very sensitive to temperature change and leaves turning white is the usual sign of this.

Shriveled chilli leaves

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 11:11

Yep, that's all you can do really Markos.  It will prevent the virus being transmitted from the infected plants by aphids should those attack again.

What is wrong with my Chilly plants?

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:49

I agree with Dove but think this plant is  too far gone and would replace it.  Chillies and sweet peppers do not need pinching out so ignore any advice which recommends doing that.

Pepper plant with blisters on underside of leaf

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:43

Looking at the small pots I think it's the plants reacting to water stress so would re-pot them into larger pots.  Another possibility is spider mite.  You will need to use a magnifying glass to see if you have those on the underside of the leaves as they are too small to see with the naked eye.

Shriveled chilli leaves

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 00:35

Fully agree with Dave.

Plum tree leaves

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 00:25

Shot hole disease, Passionate.  Trees are much more susceptible when there is lots of wet weather about (ring any bells?!)  Some tips here:

Due to the unavailability of suitable fungicides these days (withdrawn as they were found to be toxic or carcinogenic to humans and other animals), your best bet is to remove the worst affected parts and clear the ground when the leaves have all dropped in winter.  Lay a couple of inches of well-rotted manure under the tree as a mulch after clearing all dead leaves (which should be burnt) which will cover any spores on the ground and help feed the tree so it will be stronger and better able to fight off infection in the spring.  You could also give the trunk and branches a spray with a 'winter tree wash' in winter which also reduce the chances of it coming  back next year.

Last edited: 09 July 2016 00:32:52

Another plant ID please

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 21:43

It might be a verbascum.  Not the common one (Mullein) - there are lots of other varieties grown in gardens these days which don't have furry leaves and the seeds are so fine they get blown a long way in the wind.

Problems with tomatoes

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 18:52

I agree, that one has extreme variety in the shape and colour of the fruit but is one of the tastiest.  I grow those mainly for cooking so they get diced and the 'cat faced' appearance is irrelevant.

Last edited: 07 July 2016 18:52:56

how does I collect seeds of my Fuchsia?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 18:44

If you want to increase your stock, it's infinitely easier to take cuttings iamto.  Fuchsia seeds may prove to be very tricky to germinate and keeping seedlings alive over winter will also be difficult.  However, if you are into the challenge I wish you the best of luck and you may end up with an exciting new variety.


Posted: 06/07/2016 at 19:02

They'll be fine and will still bulk up Typhoo.  I always cut aquilegia back to the ground after flowering as most of the leaves are a bit tatty by then.  The new leaves will not only feed the roots for next year but will also be more pleasing to the eye.

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