Latest posts by fidgetbones

Marketmore 76 cucumber - need to pollinate?

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 12:45

Marketmore is a ridge cucumber, often  grown outside. It needs to be pollinated. Do not remove male flowers. The fruits are not as long as supermarket cucumbers and are fatter, so remove them to use as soon as they stop swelling, before they turn yellow.

Aloe Vera Stem Too Long

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 11:50

Put it in a deeper pot of gritty compost and bury it up to the first two leaves. They do tend to sprawl.

Tomato leaves brown patches

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 15:22

Yes, it could be botrytis.  The damp weather we have had won't help.  Pick off any infected leaves. Make sure air circulation is good.

F1 male courgette flowers

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 14:59

No, F1 all female cucumber occasionally throw up a male which should be removed.

F1 Courgettes  Patriot are bred to cope with the British climate..

Am I growing and tending to weeds?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 14:41

Looks like a brassica of some sort,possibly Charlock (Sinapis arvensis) the beetles will like it. Whether it is a weed or not is up to you. If you like it there it's not.

F1 male courgette flowers

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 14:32

No you need the male flowers to pollinate the female flowers , otherwise you will not get adequate pollination and the fruit will usually drop off.

Mysterious plant...

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 14:29

two ticks and a very good.  Now identify the mullein moth caterpillar.

Problems with tomatoes

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 14:28

I think it is because it is that variety. It is grown for flavour and not looks.


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 14:19

If they are still on when you cut them, stand them in a bucket of water in a dark room like a garage with the door open. They leave the flowers and head for the light. Then bring them into the house.

Pollen beetles are harmless. If you spray pesticide on them, you will also kill pollinating bees.

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