Does anyone know anything about gardening?

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  • Another new rose

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  • That's turned out great - lovely job!

  • Struggling to find a good picture of when we bought it, but this gives a bit a bit of an idea.

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  • Looks like blight to me. If you have any other tomatoes around I would cut it down immediately, although they'll probably still catch it. If you don't have any more you could wait and see how it develops.

    It's a horrible disease, turns them repulsive

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  • Looks like blight to me.


    There are quite a few tomato plants in that area. One of the blight ones is in a pot. And one that's OK is also potted so I will move them.

    It's a bit heart breaking to dig them up.

  • I have a large grape vine in my back garden of a house we moved in to earlier this year. It currently has about 50-70 bunches of grapes at a premature stage. Should I cut out some of the bunches to encourage the others to grow to a larger and riper size or should I start researching how to make wine?

  • I think you're supposed to cut out individual grapes. Bob Flowerdew has talked about it in the past on Gardeners Question Time

  • The whole bed with the tomatoes had blight. Pretty confident that's what it was after looking around online. So they've all been pulled.

    Sad. But there's no point wasting time, water and feed on them. Plus I've got about 4 others (3 pots, 1 ground) elsewhere so I thought it would give those the best chances of survival. I've also cut back the lower leaves of those, cut anything that looks vaguely suspicious, and spaced them away from each other.

  • To make myself feel better I mended some broke shears my mum gave me now she's replaced them with a fancy Japanese pair with red and white handles.

    Super slow epoxy so it'll be a day or two before I trim the pin (broken drill bit) and smooth it off.

    Then they could do with a bit of a sharpen, but even as is they seem alright. I always forget how much force you put through shears by virtue of their design.

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  • Hello.
    I'm after some plant advice.

    I've got a south facing wall, I'd like to do some vertical plant box thing on it.
    What can go in now, take the kicking the sun will give it, flower (for pollinators), be easy to look after etc etc?

    We turned our yard to concrete 4 or so years ago - it was brick before and we needed a shed. We've got stuff in planters. We want more stuff in planters. Hopefully you know flowery bush things that need little care and attention.

    What should I look for?

  • I have half a dozen Italian Cypresses in my garden. They were probably planted 18 months ago or so by the previous owners. Garden is small, about 5m x 6m.

    They are growing pretty quickly so I googled them and it appears that they grow to 80' or so which seems like a bad thing. I guess I should take them out or are there other options? How easy is it to do this, I assume in theory I just need to dig them out but any thoughts on how big the roots will be after eighteen months or so?

  • Italian Cypresses are great if you have a Tuscan villa with 500metre driveway, for UK Gardens unless they're in pots then I'd dig them up. Could put them on Gumtree as someone might want them.

  • Herbs like Oregano, rosemary, lavender do well in sun. Salvia has nice flowers and the bees love it. Think Jasmine might do ok but not sure.

  • By vertical plant box thing do you mean living wall type systems? They have very little soil in so if it's sunny you'll want the same sort of things that work in cracks in walls - things that can cope with hardly any water. Erigeron karvinskianus, campanula, that sort of thing.

    For low maintenance shrubs, first decision is if you want evergreens, if you need them to look good in winter, as that reduces your options to a more manageable level. Choisiya X dewittwana or choisiya ternata are nice.

  • Cheers, that's what I suspected. All pretty healthy (arguably too healthy) so will be trying to give them away.

  • I my head I want something that will take the heat rather than just reflecting it back. So even a planter with trellis to grow something tall.

    Is this even making sense?

  • anyone know where my gardener has gone

  • That big spider plant grass thing is spreading. Do I need to dig it out to get rid of it?

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  • We have tonnes of that, digging it out seems to keep it out – unlike the local phenomenon, crows garlic, which we also have a lot of and seemingly will outlive all other forms of life on earth

  • IF - and I am definitely not sure - they are three cornered leeks, then they are very invasive but also very delicious. Dig up and make pesto or put it on your scrambled eggs

  • Hanging baskets: any advice? I’m usually of the opinion that they are twee and suck, and that they require too much watering to be worth the faff. However, I’ve just bought a house with two of those semi-circle wall mounted ones attached to it, and not sure I can be bothered to remove them and make good the holes on top of everything else I need to do.

    Anyone got any tips as to what can go in a hanging basket and not die at the first sign of summer without being religiously watered?

  • three cornered leeks

    they are definitely not....
    I think it's more like Carex pendula­D=992

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Does anyone know anything about gardening?

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