Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Forum back up and running

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 11:21

Thanks Nora & team.

fixing trellis

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 19:23

If you don't want to ask your neighbour for any reason, you can put posts your side a few inches away from the fence and mount your trellis on that.  You can get 50x50mm metposts which are easy to drive into the ground and insert 50x50mm timber posts which would be more than strong enough to support even a heavy trellis.

Wha at is this plant

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 19:13

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Last edited: 31 May 2017 19:14:21

Seedlings wiped out

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 15:20

Nemasys slug nematodes work great for getting the overall slug population down, but they aren't cheap and are not an 'instant kill'.  If you have the inclination, going out at night with a torch will catch an awful lot of them - they tend to return to the same area they fed the night before.  Another alternative is beer traps (jar buried in the ground half filled with beer) -  at least they die happy!

Topping peppers

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:47

I've never done it and have great crops.  I find peppers naturally branch and don't need any encouragment to do so.

Seedlings wiped out

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:46

Yes, slugs love them and pigeons, too.

Fruit Tree Aphids

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:44

Also check for ants crawling around your trees - they 'farm' aphids and carry them to fresh new growth.  The solution is to use 'fruit tree grease bands' around the trunks which are a physical barrier to prevent ants climbing the tree.

Garlic ready to harvest?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 23:39

Best left until the tops have gone brown and crispy. If they have split into cloves, those won't start growing again until the autumn so safe for another couple of months.


Posted: 30/05/2017 at 23:36

I've recently replaced mine with a Fitt NTS Wintech hose and it's the only one I've ever had which hasn't kinked on me.

Should I cut back my Blueberry bush?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 16:44

It's too young to need any pruning other than the removal of dead bits.  Once they are 5-7 years old, you can remove one or two of the oldest stems back to the base which will promote vigorous new shoots to come up.  Very old stems become less productive over time.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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