Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Would really like advice please?

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:40

Given that it is in fact stealing combined with trespass, I'd say 'disrespectful' doesn't go far enough in describing the way I'd feel, personally.

runner beans

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:34

I've found white flowered varieties generally do better than red flowered ones as far as pollination goes.  Also, the (same variety of) runners that I started a few weeks later than the main row have cropped much better than the ones planted as soon as weather conditions allowed, so a successional sowing seems to be a good idea and I'll be doing that every year now.

Garden Design Software

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:25

If you use the site search facility, you'll find that this has been asked a number of times over the last few years and no-one here has ever been able to recommend anything.  Try google.


Posted: 29/08/2017 at 23:18

It's getting a bit too cool at night to leave a potted chilli ouside 24/7 so I'd put it out in the sunny spot on nice days but bring in every night and on cold days.  They don't really like temperatures below 14C.  It will keep going over the winter if you keep it inside on a sunny windowsill.


Posted: 29/08/2017 at 18:37

If it overlooks your property, ask them to use a privacy filter (most CCTV systems can be set up so that chosen parts of the image are greyed out.)  They must also obey the data protection act - see section 3.2, here:

Harvest 2017

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 18:31

Not the fridge but just keep them indoors for a few days.  When the neck next to the stalk is soft, they are ready.

Unidentified weed

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 09:53

Those are suckers from the roots of that tree.  pulling them up is the best way if you can but that might be too difficult in which case cut them below ground.

If you use weedkiller, it will kill the tree.

Peach Tree

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 08:55

It's 'Avalon Pride', a peach leaf curl resistant variety on Montclare rootstock and is supposed to reach 2x2m.  However, it has grown considerably more than that and did not appear to be slowing down when it reached 4x4m so I've had to prune it quite hard for the last couple of years, which I did immediately after harvesting (which is a fair bit later than recommended.)

The ideal time to prune them is in April when you can see the blossom which helps so that you don't prune off all of the fruiting wood!  Like all stone fruit, you should never prune them over the winter as this risks them contracting Silver leaf disease.

I'm in Leics and the front garden is south-facing and gets hot like yours which I'm sure is why it does well.

Weed or plant?

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 21:46

Euphorbia lathyris often called Caper spurge or Mole plant.  Some like it but it's generally considered a weed:

Fushia growing deformed

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 20:52

Fuchsia gall mite.  All you can do is keep cutting off affected parts:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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