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Pepper stalks stripped

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:35

Hi Bob,

Sorry, I also forgot a pic - excuse the orientation. I have secured or against a bamboo cane.

I guess I don't know that it's not snails, it's just that the damage is quite minimal, and it is sometimes just tiny holes in the very top leaves. I would expect slugs and snails to ravage them once they'd started? Although they do seem to be more keen on my potatoes at the moment! 😡

Pepper stalks stripped

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 19:53

Hi everyone,

i have some gypsy F1 peppers that I am growing at my allotment, with black weed fabric on the ground and a mini polytunnel over the top.

I have just been to water them, to find that one had toppled over. On closer inspection, I found that eye bottom 1-2 inches of the stalk that was coming through the black plastic was totally stripped of 'greenness' and was down to a thin, woody centre.

Any ideas if this is insect damage, or perhaps some kind of damage from surrounding water?!

Not all are effected, some partially. There are also holes in the leaves where something has been eating it, but not slugs.

Many thanks,


Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:30

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the reply. They were in small pots when I took that photo, and now I've transplanted them all to their final big pots, they all look much healthier, so maybe they were lacking something. No sign of any insects..?



Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 17:01

Hi guys, some of my tomato plants have these markings on the leaves. I sacrificed the ones that had it the worst, as I had more plants that I had space for, but now some of the others are starting to get it too.

Is blight treatable if only a couple of sets of leaves have it?

Thanks very much!

Crazy creepy crawlies!!

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 18:52

Hi everyone! Yes! I noticed the little tell tale marks on its lower back, and was slightly concerned that I couldn't appear to find any mention of fig eaters in the UK?!

Isnt that a coincidence that I found the larvae, and as I was photographing it, an adult one flew over the fence out of nowhere!

Amazing, I will keep an eye on the compost that the tiddlers are currently hiding in!

Thanks everyone!

Crazy creepy crawlies!!

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 16:06

In the space of ten minutes, I have just discovered possibly the biggest slug in the world in my garden, then I was clearing out some old compost, I came across loads of caterpillars/larvae, and THEN I looked up as I heard this deep buzzing sound, to see a huge flying metallic green beetle!! I stepped inside and pulled the patio door closed and took some pics - think it's a figeater beetle? Never even heard of this before - amazing!!

Anyway, any ideas what these little chaps are? They are quite chunky chaps, about an inch long and at least 5mm wide. 

And here's the beetle on my tomato plants...

It looked like something out of Transformers!!

Apologies for the poor pics, I had the caterpillars in one hand as I was about to take the first pic, and trying to take the photo of the beetle with my other hand!!

Last edited: 29 May 2016 16:07:24

Gooseberry problems

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 09:40

Thanks for the replies!

I inspected them yesterday and found that the garden bushy one does actually have about 10 or so berries on the lower branches, I noticed they are the woody branches  opposed to the new, green branches, not sure if that is relevant? I think I cut this one back in 2014, but not in 2015.

The allotment ones are looking a bit better, and although they are certainly not bushy, i have noticed a few berries on them too! There are some weeds/grass around them, so I will tidy this up just in case they are zapping the goodness from the soil.

I was thinking of digging them up to make room for my cucumbers, but won't now! 😀

Gooseberry problems

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 20:34

Firstly, I have one gooseberry bush in my garden that is nice and green and bushy, has been there for about three years now, but never really bears any fruit. It doesn't get a huge amount of sun, could that be the issue?

Also, on my allotment, I have three gooseberry plants that were planted last April, and are not very healthy looking. They are only about a foot high at the most, with only two branches/stems that are bearing some greeny yellow leaves - it is most certainly not a bush! They look terrible, what can I do to improve them, please help!

Thanks very much :-)

Last edited: 24 May 2016 20:35:07

Purple sweet potatoes-anyone growing them?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:58

They featured very prominintly in a TV program the other week, about how to stay young! The residents of Okinawa put their excellent health and very long lives down to frequently eating great quantities of it!

I toyed with the idea of trying them after the program, and after reading your post, I have just been to buy some! Still not 100% if they are to eat or grow from...

I grew Beauregard and another variety in the ground in 2014 with very little knowledge and experience, and so am keen to see what some good preparation and growing conditions could produce!

How long to wait with bagged manure

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 19:26
Bob, you are a legend as always. Thank you for your wise words!
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