Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 18:49

Worn out but not stopping until it gets dark!  Today I've repotted six sweet pepper plants which were overwintered, potted on lots of seedlings including echinops, malva, larkspur and lettuces.  Planted out a dozen overwintered young heucheras, potted on about 4 dozen sweet pepper and chilli plants and eight well rooted philadelphus 'virginal' cuttings I took last year.  Lots of weeding too. 

Best half barrel liner

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 14:06

I agree with using a trug type container.  It's direct sunlight (the UV content) which breaks down plastics but it should be fine inside a half-barrel - the wood would protect the outside and UV would be scattered by the water and absorbed by any plants in it.

Comfrey & Nettle liquid feed

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:54

I wouldn't use the roots as they may survive and get spread around - just cut the comfrey or nettles off at ground level.  It's exactly the same process for either.  You can harvest comfrey at least 3 times a year and it will grow back quickly if you just cut at ground level.

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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