Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Broccoli kale and cabbage questions

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 15:50

Sorry Stephanie, I should have looked closer!

I agree with what Dove said above and would try and incorporate as much organic matter as possible, preferably well-rotted manure, which should help open up the soil and reduce the chances of moss developing again.  Brassicas love feed high in nitrogen so a regular watering with nettle feed throughout the growing season will really help next year (or use growmore if you don't mind being non-organic.)  If you test the pH of your soil and find it is acidic then it would be worth applying garden lime over the winter on those beds you will be growing brassicas in next year.

Plant identification request

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 14:58

I was mainly going by the foliage which looks like all the types I have grown but it could well be something else.

Broccoli kale and cabbage questions

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 12:33

The main reason for bolting and lack of growth is restricted root growth causing lack of water uptake because of leaving the plants in pots which should have been removed before planting.

Plant identification request

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 12:25

I think it's a member of the antirrhinum family, possibly Antirrhinum cornutum.

Direct sowing.

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 22:15

You could try sowing in modules.  It's root disturbance which many of them dislike.  If more than one seed germinates in each module, thin out to the strongest one.  That way you have one plant per module which you can plant out without disturbing the roots.

Apple tree

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 19:09

Wait for as long as possible then do as Redwing suggests but I'd trim off about 2/3rd of the leaves as that is where it will lose moisture before the roots can re-establish.

Tomato Bell Pepper Hybrid??

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 18:59

Yes, there are some varieties shaped like that so agree that it's likely a stray seed.  If you like them it would be interesting to save some seed and see how they grow next year - may be similar or may not.  Like nut, lots of folk had yellow tomatoes from seed labeled 'Gardeners delight' (there's a thread on it I think) so there must have been a mixup with a wholesale seed supplier.

comfrey roots?

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 20:47

Now you've mentioned that they are growing on an allotment, I'm 100% certain they are Jerusalem artichokes (aka sunchokes.)  Probably the variety called 'Gerard' which have the red colouration as opposed to the more common 'Fuseau' which are cream coloured.

comfrey roots?

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 19:09

Comfrey roots are thick, dark brown (white inside) quite brittle and go down a long way (several feet) so I think you have something else there.  As nut says, a photo would be really useful.

Edit: You posted the photo while I was typing!
Those look very much like Jerusalem artichoke tubers to me, or possibly something else in the sunflower family.

Last edited: 10 September 2017 19:12:05

Cosmos very tall!

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:56

I'm growing 'Dwarf Cosmos Sonata mixed' and they are only dwarf compared the the 6ft monsters (ie the normal types I usually grow!)  These are 3-4ft and most are now in flower but it was a long time coming which I'm putting down the the weather - just not a very warm summer which is what they need and get in their native habitat (Mexico.)

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