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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 09:52

Yep, I'd go with crocus too.  With the gravel, I'd use a regular liquid feed while they are in leaf and mark the clumps.  After the leaves have died back I'd dig them up, scrape the gravel back and improve the soil before replanting, if you want to keep them in that area.


Posted: 06/03/2015 at 19:09

It's probably a combination of both eelworm and keeled slugs - a 'deadly duo' when it comes to spuds!

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 19:07

Nettle tea is pretty high in nitrates so good for leafy things.  A more balanced one is comfrey tea which works better on fruit and flowers.  Both are very good though and if you don't have comfrey you can also use a high-potash fertiliser on your fruit & flowers in addition to the nettle feed. 


Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:54

It looks like keeled slug damage (and I know that well, unfortunately!)  I often find other creatures then get in via the holes.  I also use nematodes but keeled slugs still remain in my soil, although damage is reduced.  These varieties are resistant to keeled slugs in my experience:  Kestrel (2nd early and v.tasty), Pink Fir Apple (maincrop) and Sarpo Mira (maincrop), so suggest growing those to your client.

Loss of tool bar

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 22:03

If that doesn't help, try clearing your browser (default is Safari but other colours are available!) cache on each device.


Posted: 05/03/2015 at 00:03

I'd also go with the pressure washer.  Note that mosses are in a completely different family to most plants, so standard weedkillers will have little or no effect, as you have found.  Ferrous Sulphate (Sulphate of Iron) solution is a relatively innocuous moss killer (it's the active ingredient in lawn moss treatments) and a spray of a solution of that after power-washing the paths should help delay the moss in returning.  A1kg tub costs under 10 pounds and will treat several hundred square metres.

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:56
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I have a theory that the world is held together by bindweed and if we kill it all we'll go flying off into space

Don't worry nut - I'm sure all the ground elder roots will still hold the world together!

New hedge

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:53

If you can still find bare-root hedging plants, buy and plant them asap as the season for those is roughly November to end of February, so virtually over.  Otherwise you will have to buy potted shrubs which will work out considerably more expensive, but potted plants can be planted at any time of the year.  The most important thing is to keep them well watered for the first year, whatever you buy.

Hello from Canada

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:46

Welcome John.  Yes, it's very active here (difficult to keep up with sometimes, especially the 'chat' threads which I've more or less given up on!)

Bell Pepper problems

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:44

Peppers can also suffer from blossom end rot, like tomatoes.  It starts as small depressions usually at the bottom.  The cause is Calcium deficiency which can be remedied with a Calcium Chloride or Calcium Nitrate spray a few times a week until the fruit has fully grown.  A common cause is that too much general feed (especially if high in nitrates or potash) is applied to the soil which can affect the ability of the roots to take in Calcium.  Peppers don't need anywhere near as much feeding as tomatoes, so worth erring on the cautious side rather than being over generous.

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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