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Giant Beetroot.

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 08:44

I think I'll let mine develop into medicine balls to hurl at the stray cats that like to potter into my garden and dig up any living thing in sight.

Bay tree

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 08:42

Suckers are usually the best way of propagating bays. Certainly more reliable than cuttings. Dig them out carefully with some root attached and treat them as you would any other cutting.

Giant Beetroot.

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 10:56

Heavens above. You'd've sworn it would have to be woody. Obviously some varieties are better than others, but if I overlook one of mine and it gets to anything like that size, it wouldn't be out of place as a knob on a banister.

rocket being eaten

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 09:54

I get those little critters every season, particularly on the rocket. Oddly enough, they tend to disappear of their own accord. Regrowth is untouched.

Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 08:06

It's fungal, Becks. Have to wait to see how it develops to know exactly what it is, but let's not. Nip off those leaves. Looking at the last picture, I'd take off the very lowest branches and probably also the ends of some of the higher ones. Those leaves are huge and things are getting a bit crowded.

Mildew/Red spider mite

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 07:58

When I've had PM - or my cukes have had it, anyway - it manifests as, literally, powdery rather than blotches. You might have something other than PM. Here's the sort of thing I usually see:


Mildew/Red spider mite

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 14:32

Does sound odd. Are you sure they're both PM and red spider mite?


whats wrong with my tomatoes

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 10:54

Most likely there's nothing wrong with them, filmbuffy. They're changing colour on the way to maturity. Most toms mature from bottom to top, hence the shoulders are the last to change.

If the shoulders remain green:

Green shoulders can be a variety trait. What's the variety?

Shoulders that don't fully ripen - and, for that matter, uneven ripening in general - can also be a sign of toms getting a bit too warm in direct sunlight.

black peppers

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 08:03

Can you post a photo? If it's not mould or disease, it could be that it's actually a black variety. It wouldn't be the first time a wrong seed was planted. They can come in all sorts of colours - brown, black, purple. If a black, left to mature on the plant, it will eventually turn green.



Posted: 18/08/2012 at 13:19

Presumably there were drainage holes. The roots will absorb moisture though there's a limit to how much. They will only take what the plant needs but, if there's excess moisture, they will just sit there wet and with every likelihood of drowning and rotting.

It's always a good idea to clean tomato pots between growing seasons anyway. A good scrub with a 1:10 bleach solution will do the job. Wear gloves!

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