London (change)
Today 9°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 10°C / 9°C

BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Irregular tumbled bluestone

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:20

Blue slate might be the nearest stuff in the UK.  There are slate quarries in Cornwall which may be able to supply irregular sized pieces (commonly known as crazy paving in the UK.)

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:05

Like nutcutlet, when I took over 'temporary stewardship' of this once overgrown patch, there was one growing in a corner, so I looked after it, having a penchant for wild flowers.  Now I find it everywhere, despite always disposing of the red spikes of seeds before they went soft and start to fall.  Like celandine, once you have this, you have it forever!

The mystery of the closed greenhouse

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:54

I too would suspect mice.  The places they can reach are incredible - they are quite amazing little acrobats!

Tomato Pollination

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:12

Tomatoes are self-pollinating but you can help by gently brushing you hand over the flowers or shaking/tapping the stems.  Insects can help of course but they aren't crucial.

Courgettes or Cucumbers?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:07

No problem, OL.

Usually, the biggest problem with courgette Defender is picking them quick enough before they turn into marrows!  Crown Prince can be a bit reluctant to set fruit and you have to hope there is a male flower available when a female is open.  I use a very soft makeup brush to gently transfer pollen from the male to the females.  You have to be very careful as any damage at all to the centre part (stigma) of the female flower will cause the whole flower to drop off after a few days.  If a male flower appears and no female, you can pick it off and keep it in the fridge for a few days to increase your chances.

Hand pollination is best done early in the morning, as soon as the female flower opens.

Problem identifying and treating pear disease

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 16:56

It could be Pear Leaf Blister Mite.  If so, there's not much you can do but it is said to not significantly affect the health or fruiting ability of the tree.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/problems/fruit-and-nuts/pear-leaf-blister-mite/410.html

The advice above is to remove affected leaves and shoots but doing that may cause more harm than good if most of the tree is affected:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=661

 

 

Courgettes or Cucumbers?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 16:39

Not bad at all Tricia!    Here's the annotated photo:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42823.jpg?width=350

A = Courgette "Defender"

B = Winter squash "Crown Prince"

C = Winter squash "Autumn Crown"

D = Pumpkin "Summer Ball"

E = Cucumber "Bella"

F = Winter squash "Barbara"

G = Winter squash "Harrier"

H = Winter squash "High sugar (mixed)"

 

Lobelia

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:55

They are also rather slow to develop - I sowed two types (Blue Cascade and Crystal Palace) in a heated propagator in early March and transplanted small bunches of them into 7cm pots a couple of weeks ago:

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42806.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

Red ants

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:35

There are also nematodes which you can water on but those are rather expensive.  Google "Nemasys No Ants" to have a look at those.

Pollytunle

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:31

That's a beauty Cody, a very high quality tunnel!  I look forward to seeing the results later in the year!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
Replies: 5    Views: 239
Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 22:29

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 406
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 360
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 229
Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
Replies: 3    Views: 206
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 527
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 358
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 829
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Replies: 4    Views: 454
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
Replies: 10    Views: 511
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
Replies: 3    Views: 264
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
Replies: 16    Views: 567
Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
Replies: 13    Views: 589
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
Replies: 48    Views: 4641
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
Replies: 31    Views: 1822
Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
1 to 15 of 25 threads