Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Basil Problems - Dying Leaves and Little Black Insects

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:43

When I zoom in on the dead sections I see some webbing which leads me to believe you have an infestation of spider mite which also matches with the damage visible on the sickly-looking leaves.  You'll need a magnifying glass to see them.  Only cure (on edible crops) is predator mites but they are very expensive and probably hard to get at this time of the year.  Personally I would dump the plant and start again - basil is only short lived and I've never managed to keep one going for more than a year.

Last edited: 16 January 2017 18:44:00

Broad Beans Aquadulce

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 19:17

Broad beans need to be pollinated by bees to form pods.  I read somewhere that it's possible to simulate this by gently flicking each flower as they don't need cross-pollinating with another plant but the visit by a bee activates a sort of physical 'trigger' in the flower which allows pollen to get from the stamen onto the anther.

Edit: found a link:

Last edited: 15 January 2017 19:20:04

Snowdrops and Cyclamen coum

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:57

I find grouping things separately in several different sized groups helps with the natural look.  Of course, nature takes it's own course after that, but it's a good start as bulbs and corms tend to colonise areas, spreading outwards from random single starting points in nature (eg from where a bird drops a seed.)

Holly leaves

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:46

Snap, nut!

Holly leaves

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:45

Holly is in the Angiosperm group (flowering plants) but pines are in a completely different  group called Gymnosperms (conifers, cycads and related) so there is no link.

fruits and veggie on a balcony

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:03

Hi Paolo and welcome!
There are plenty of fruit trees which can be grown in pots and so would be suitable for your balcony.  If you search for 'patio fruit trees' you should find lots of suppliers, some on Amazon who may deliver to Paris.

Many, many types of vegetables can be grown in containers, bags, boxes or pots.  Again, the keyword (at least for english web sites) is 'patio', so google for 'patio vegetable seeds' to find suppliers.  Lots of folk on here grow vegetables in containers and I'm sure can help further.

Raspberry conundrum...

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:52

Fully agree fidgetbones.  As the Glen ample won't fruit in 2017 because of being completely cut down, I would suggest moving those and perhapscreating a new bed for them.  This will allow the Polka to colonise the bed and you won't need to worry about the the two types becoming mixed, which will certainly happen.

Non flowering Viburnum

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:04

I would not feed it again as they can switch to putting on vegetative growth if they get too much nitrogen.  Does it get lots of sun?

Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 19:17

Bee, from memory the sand was about 18C I think.  I used a heated bench with the top removed so would leave the lid off if using a standard propagator for this type of use.

Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 18:53

One of the best things to do with a heated propagator over winter is to root hardwood cuttings.  I find they really, really appreciate the bottom heat and took more than a dozen cuttings from a callicarpa last winter, expecting 2 or 3 to 'take'.  Every single one rooted and had to give most of them away!

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