BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 19:53

Scab on potatoes is caused by a bacterium in the soil and is worse in alkaline soils.  Lime is often added to multi-purpose compost to reduce the natural acidity.  The chances are that the seed potatoes you used were already carrying some bacteria and the compost you used this year just happened to have more lime in it than usual.  I would buy your seed potatoes from another supplier next year and use a different brand of compost.  The chances are they'll be fine.

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 15:14

Love your tree too, LB!

dormant plant id

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 14:00

Gladiolus 

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 13:52

Done:



Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 12:14

Stage 1:


Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 11:47

Here's mine right now:



I've just put the lights up in the front garden and will be doing the (rather ancient!) fake tree next while the OH is at the hairdressers.  I'll post more photo's when it's complete!

dormant plant id

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:59

Does look like glad seed pods but they have quite small bulbs and the OP said it was huge so more likely a lily I would think.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:53

Thanks nut, I always thought it was viral rather than fungal!  Just looked up the offending fungus on the RHS site and see it affects several other plants in the family.  They say get rid of all other susceptible plants if hollyhocks are your main 'thing':


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=564


I might try them again one year but, like black spot infected roses, I hate the sight of diseased plants and don't have enough border space to hide the worst affected parts so will probably resign them to the list of ne'er do wells!

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:23

Almost certainly, Rubyleaf.  Once a virus infects a plant, it will probably go down to the roots.  You could wait and see if the new leaves next year show any signs but the danger is that if they are still infected, it will likely spread to any new plants you grow.  To be safe, I would dig them up and dispose of them in your domestic waste - definitely don't put any part of them in a compost heap.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 18:35

My experience is that if hollyhocks are infected with rust, there is nothing you can do to save them.  I had to give up growing them completely as no matter whether I grew from seed or bought plants, they always became infected in no time.  No difference in pots or ground.

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Came home this evening to find this 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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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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Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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