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Spent Tomato Compost

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 18:44

I was just about to write exactly the same thing, artjak.

unidentified veg

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 18:57

Yep, forked white carrot from the rainbow mix I reckon.  Nut is right - if it smell like a carrot, that is what it is.

Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 18:52

You could try taking some softwood cuttings in Spring as insurance, Mrs G.  I've found the cirrhosa types much easier to root than other clematis.  Details on how to take softwood cuttings here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=307

No digging required!

Apple tree problems

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 20:51

The RHS now advise against using anything on tree wounds as there is evidence that it can trap fungal spores and bacteria underneath the wound paint and actually slows the healing process.

I'm not sure I'd do what you suggest though in removing the whole limb above the support.  Cutting a large branch like that half way will cause more problems than it solves.  I'd just remove the short stumpy bit if you aren't going to remove the whole thing to the main trunk.  I like Alan's advice and suggest looking at the RHS advice on renovative pruning of old apple trees:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=279

 

Dying trees....

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:55

Zina, have a read of this factsheet which is very helpful in understanding Honey fungus.  It is a  document from the government of Guernsey but applies equally well to anywhere:

http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4797&p=0

It also contains lists of both susceptible and resistant trees and shrubs which can prove very useful if you do have HF in your garden like some of us here do;  Basically you just have to live with it but can help stop it spreading by removing dead stumps and regular cultivation of soil in areas you know are affected.

 

Apple tree problems

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:39

Hi Steve,

I'd consider removing that low supported side branch completely as long as it doesn't make the tree look odd.  That short dead branch stump on it (immediately above the support post) is not good for the tree and will let in disease.  You ought to at least remove that and cut it flush with the branch as it will never heal if left like it is.

Trusted chilli seed suppliers?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:32

Hi Dan, no it's the person who sold you the seeds on ebay who probably grew different varieties together.  There's no problem in growing several different varieties together as long as you don't want to save the seed for next year as it's only saved seeds which might not grow plants of the same type.

Trusted chilli seed suppliers?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 23:21

One problem with saving your own seed is that if you grow more than one variety or grow them with sweet peppers without keeping the varieties physically separated using insect screens they can cross-pollinate and the plants grown from these seeds may not be the same as the chilli fruit that they came out of.  I think that's probably why your seeds from ebay were not true to type.  I buy my chilli and pepper seeds from realseeds.co.uk and they have always come true and have been as described as well as good value compared to the large seed suppliers.  They have a refreshing attitude, too.

Plant ID please

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 19:00

Dandelions can also look like that if weedkiller has been used but then they were chopped off before the root was completely dead.

Lily beetles in October!

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 18:44

Yeah, they overwinter as adults so kill on sight!  I found some rather torpid ones hiding in the leaves of my celeriac last winter, so they can probably be found almost anywhere in the garden at any time.. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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