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My sweetcorn has tastles already but they're short.

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 10:53

Feeding them with a liquid feed wouldn't hurt.  The main requirement for sweetcorn is nitrogen so use a feed with a high N rating in it's NPK ratio which should be printed on the pack.  If you have any stinging nettles around, you can make a natural nettle 'tea' feed which is high in nitrogen:


Shrivelling baby cucumbers

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:29

One thing to check for is that you haven't missed a cucumber hiding away somewhere on the plant.  If this happens seeds start to delvelop inside and the plant thinks it has done it's thing and new fruits drop off.  I find they also sometimes just do this for no reason for a few weeks but then start to produce again.

Help with plant / weed?!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 23:08

I don't think this particular gardener is a big fan:

Starting out...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 23:05

You will get better results if you get the manure down now and delay planting until next spring.  Doing that will give the worms (and the frosts) time to do their work.  If you have room you can still buy the perennials now and grow them on in pots (re-potting into larger ones if necessary) then plant them out next spring.  Planting larger, well-grown plants tends to give better results than planting small ones as some may not survive their first winter in the soil.  Larger specimens are usually considerably more expensive so that is also a good way of saving money.

Having said that I have sometimes been a bit impatient and have dug-in (very well rotted) manure and planted straight into it and most things survived.

Help with plant / weed?!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 22:31

Looks like Pale Pink Sorrel (Oxalis incarnata.)  It can be spread by cultivating the soil which spreads the small bulbils which form above the root around.  Might be a glyphosate job to get rid and likely over several seasons.



What is wrong with my Jumbo blackberries?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:02

It's known as 'white drupelet disorder'.  The large berried variety 'Apache' comes up a lot on google searches for this.

Clematis Rebecca died suddenly after planting

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 18:56

It could also be clematis wilt.  Cut the dead stems off just below the soil and it should re-grow.  Good advice from Fairygirl about planting them deeper than the pot they came in.

Is this a bug or disease?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 18:46

Squash them inside the leaf between your forefinger and thumb.

Ants inside brassicas

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 18:45

The holes were likely caused by cabbage root fly and the ants may be feeding on those or simply taking advantage of the entry point.  Pull one up and inspect the roots for root fly damage:




pak choi

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:55

Worth a try Fr but I would sow some more anyway - they'll be ready to use as salad leaves in a month or 6 weeks or so for full size.  They are rather prone to bolting if they get dry so keep an eye on watering.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

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

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

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

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

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

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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