BobTheGardener


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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 20:31

Saw a huge hoverfly on the ivy flowers today - it was about 2cm long and at first glance thought it was a hornet of some kind:


Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly.

GREY SOIL, WHAT IS IT?

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 17:16

No worries - I did reply directly to you Lesley but we both replied at exactly the same time and it was just coincidence that it looked like I'd already seen pansyface's reply. The mysteries of web browser caching no doubt complicated things!

GREY SOIL, WHAT IS IT?

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 15:54

Yes, it's mycelium (the main part of fungus) but it is NOT a problem.  Fungi are essential in a garden as they break down woody matter which nothing else can do.  All you need to do to is to dig the area over and add as much manure and compost as you can and your new border extension will be fine.  Honey fungus has black root-like rhizomes (aka 'boot laces') and there is no evidence of that in your photo's.

There do appear to be a few couch grass roots though (white) so I would get all of those out while you are digging the area over.

The first frost

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 12:33

Down to 2C in Leics last night - lucky not lower as all my squashes are still out!

Datterini tomatoes

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 19:23

Hopefully Italiophile will be along soon to help but I've grown Purple Ukraine for the last couple of years and love them.  They are a plum type, (obviously) purple, early so good for our climate and tasty but the best thing in my opinion is that they are thin-skinned and can actually be peeled when ripe without having to douse them in hot water - the only tomato I've ever grown with that attribute.  Great for cooking.

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 19:16

I'm sure they'll turn pansyface - mine are also behind this year but have started colouring up.  I grew Rainbow F1 this year and some plants are very odd - the peppers are dark purple as they form and grow, then go paler and eventually turn red.  Until the first one turned, I had no idea whether they were ripe or not!

How to make leafmould

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 19:01

It can take a long time but you can speed it up a bit by putting them in black bin liners, watering and poking a few holes.  Some types of leaves do take longer to rot down (2 years or more) than others - what type of trees do you have?

Some info. here:

http://www.the-compost-gardener.com/composting-leaves.html

 

Autumn Raspberries

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:50

Polka for me too and, like SG I grow both.  Polka were bred from Autumn Bliss so are similar but with larger fruit and heavier crops.

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:45

Build a conservatory - worked for me but maybe a bit of an overkill!

Seriously though, they need warmth, however you can provide it.

Brassica Problem

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:43

Looks like a fungal infection but that could be an after effect following attacck by some kind of sap-sucking pest, with aphids, whitefly or flea beetle being the most likely.  If you haven't done it for a while, I would try dosing whichever section of ground you will be using next year with garden lime this winter.  This will reduce the acidity and in doing so will reduce the likelihood of pests and diseases as most prefer acidic conditions.  Brassicas also prefer slightly alkaline soil.  I would also give the area a good sprinking of fish, blood and bone next spring before you plant anything out, just in case it is a nutrient deficiency of some kind.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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