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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Olive tree growing problems

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 20:08

I agree with Dove about the watering - mine only ever gets watered when the top 2 inches of compost in the pot are bone dry.. and it loves it!

ID Please

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:31

Yep, Nepeta of some kind was my guess too.

Odd Bod Bird

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:30

My guess is also that it's a genetic mutation.  Perhaps his oil glands aren't working - a bit like one of us having a dry skin condition.  What's left of my hair looks like that after being washed!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:25

Pricked-out about 300 seedlings today - not exactly hard work but concentrating on not damaging those tiny babies has made me feel pretty tired!

Patio Pear

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 11:05

Paddy,  young (until they are about 5 years old) apple and pear trees are pruned in winter when they are dormant - see RHS advice here:

when they are older you switch to summer pruning to keep them to the size you want.

Plums are treated differently:




2 from 6 aint good

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:57

The non-flowering ones are probably still building-up their bulbs to flowering size.  To help them along, feed them regularly this year and, with luck, they will flower next year.  Fish, blood and bone sprinkled on the soil around them two or three times a year is good and perhaps also use a liquid feed regularly.  Dosage as per packet/bottle.


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:51

I wouldn't - see my reply to your other thread.


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:50

I don't pinch out them at all, just transplant into larger pots once the roots fill the pots they are in.  Pinching out delays flowering and both chillies and peppers need as long a growing season as possible;  as this is relatively short in the UK compared to their native habitat they are best left to their own devices.


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:39

Hi marksman, I grow them in small modules, 1 seed per module and transplant into 3 inch pots when they are about an inch tall.  If in a seed tray I would prick them out at the same stage.  They seem to prefer to be gradually moved to larger pots in stages so mine are transplanted into 5 inch pots when the roots reach the sides and bottom of the small pots and then into their final pots when the roots reach the sides/bottom of the 5".  When transplanting, the whole rootball is moved without disturbing the roots.


Viburnum disease help

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 20:05

Fungal or bacterial infection - viburnums are susceptible to several.  Try spraying with a general fungicide like Bayer Fungus Fighter or Westland Plant Rescue.

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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