BobTheGardener


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ID please

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:07

Use the camera icon at the right of the typing box.  You can't paste images into posts.

Lupin advice

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 13:36

The problem is at that size a large slug will decimate them in one night and they may not recover.  If you have room I would put them in 15cm pots and later 20cm and grow them on until next spring.  You'll then have magnificent plants next year.

ID for a small trailing plant.

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 13:31

Those look a bit like lobelia but can't be sure until they flower.

help to identify

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 21:39

Seconded, nut.

Foxglove with bloom on top

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:05

It's called fasciation - we've had a few threads about it over the last few years - the Search box will probably bring them up.  Fascinating,fasciation. 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 18:58

Just rained 35mm in an hour according to my weather station.  Bit wet.

What is wrong with my blueberry bush?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 23:09

There are two things they hate - roots being allowed to dry out and waterlogging.  I suspect the latter in this case - I would lift the rootball from the pot and check the drainage holes aren't blocked.  Some ericaceous composts are also a bit too 'heavy' for them and sometimes have clumps which hold too much water.  Peat-based is better than loam-based ericaceous compost when it comes to blueberries.  A third possibility is vine weevil grubs which gives you another good reason to check the roots.

Cucumber

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:53

Yes, the spines are much less pronounced when it grows larger and you can rub them off after picking.  There is no limit to the number you can grow per plant but you must remove fruit when they are ready as the plant will stop producing if they start developing seeds inside (the fruit often turn slightly yellow when that happens so pick them when dark green and at any size from 15 to 25cm long.)

Dying blueberry bush

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 21:10

Yes, it won't help it fruit this year but it will thank you next year!  Use ericaceous compost as they require acid soil.  To do well they need to be in a pots of 50cm diameter or larger.

What's this creature ?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 21:06

Try mixing one or two drops of washing-up liquid (or other very mild detergent) with water in a hand sprayer and spraying them.  This breaks the surface tension of the water and effectively drowns them.  On stronger plants you can use the spray attachment on a garden hose to blast them off.  Encouraging wildlife such as ladybirds, hoverflies and small birds is the best thing to do in the longer term as these all eat aphids.

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Increase in noise! 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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