Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Is this a dodgy graft on a tree or is it normal?

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 16:31

It is already healing and the bark around the collar should continue to grow and cover the scar completely in a few years.  I would be happy buying that one.

See the image at the bottom of this page to see how the process should go (in this case a walnut tree, but applies equally well.):

Last edited: 14 May 2016 16:34:34

Apple tree planting

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 19:13

Multi-purpose compost is not the right stuff for planting trees.  Get a couple of bags of farmyard manure from a garden centre (this will already be well rotted), dig one and a half bags into the area, dust the roots of the tree with a packet of rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi and plant it.  Water it copiously and then top-dress the area with the remaining half bag of farmyard manure.  Water it once a week until autumn.

Hawthorn Hedge Disease

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 07:47

There are a number of diseases which could be infecting your hawthorns and top of the list would be Juniper rust which also affects pears although damage is usually seen later in the year.  Do you have any junipers or cedar trees nearby?  Hawthorn cannot infect other hawthorns with this, the host is juniper.

Others possibilities are powdery mildew and hawthorn red fold gall.  Google those to see if any images look similar.

Plant ID please

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 21:27

You can't miss sawfly on SS Tetley!   Dozens (or even hundreds!) of small grey caterpillars will strip the foliage almost overnight!  Just check every day and squish any you see.  Birds seem to find them distasteful so don't expect any help from natural predators.  They tend to start on the lower leaves and are masters at hiding under them.

Anybody know what this is?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 21:14

They look a little like goosefoot (chenopodium) seedlings to me which is an edible weed which seeds profusely.  I really hope it isn't though!

First paeony of the year

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 20:23

Lovely nut and congrats!  Please post another photo when it is fully out.  I have a few August potted seeds but no sign yet so may take another year.  Good job I'm patient.

Shrub and tree identification

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:56

Yeah, I've never seen one that old, it must love the conditions there!  Mine isn't doing very well and just about manages to stay alive each year.

Help! Does anyone know what these white bugs are?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:50

Yes, vine weevil grubs which are just turning into adult beetles.  You can just about see the white legs on the pupae - click the arrow to see the 2nd image at the bottom of this RHS page:

Weed or plant?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:41

Funnily enough I saw my first orange-tip butterfly today Dove!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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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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Gardener's World about to start now!

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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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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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