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Tomato varieties

Posted: Yesterday at 18:24

The beefsteak one with the ribs is costoluto fiorentino. The small ones are gardeners delight. I didn't get the pink one, sorry.

Sunflower Harvesting

Posted: Yesterday at 18:06

Yes. let them dry on the flower until they are hard .

 You an also hang the whole flower head up for the birds to get at. Squirrels chew the heads off mine and carry them off.

Old rose bush looks awful, pruning ideas please

Posted: Yesterday at 11:10

I'm thinking the very thorny stems are suckers from below the graft point. It might be easier to take hardwood cuttings from higher up, and start a new plant on its own roots. I think if you cut the main stem down too low, you may lose it, and just end up with a flowering rootstock.

Moth Orchids - Cutting back old stems

Posted: Yesterday at 11:06

If you feel down the stem until you come to a nobbly bit, that is where a new flowering shoot will come from. Cut just above it.  Orchid compost is fairly inert. I don't repot, just add baby bio orchid feed when I give it a weekly soak.

Can anyone identify this...

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 22:14

Looking a lot like a young Salvia Amistad.   If it overwintered, it may be taking its time coming up to flower. Young cuttings overwintered in a greenhouse and then planted out flower earlier than  older plants overwintered outside.

Plum problem

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 22:07

Use plum moth pheromone traps in Spring. That helps cut down a lot of the plum moth larvae that are eating your plums.

 Pick up all diseased plum and bin or burn them, not in your compost heap.

Hang a few fat balls  in the branches over winter. The tits searching among the branches remove a lot of insects.

Over grown, old garden

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:14

Nice man shed.

Conference pear

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:13

Gently cup the pear in your hand and lift it. If it is ready it will come off. Then store for a day or two to ripen to lusciousness.

Last edited: 18 August 2017 19:13:15

What variety is this old pear tree

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 20:04

Different pears are ripe at different times.  Beth and Williams ripen early, conference later.  One of the experts at a Fruit day may be able to identify it for you.  See RHS gardens for details.

Malformed & diseased potatoes

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 19:56

It sounds like eelworms. They burrow into the potatoes and leave hollow brown bits.

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