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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Hello from a newbie

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:55

Hi Jennie and welcome.  As SGL said, those raised beds look fab!

Chili Leaf Problem

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:38

Ommthree, I had that on a few of my peppers and chilis last year but it didn't seem to harm them or affect cropping.  Closer inspection with a magnifying glass showed that whatever it was was part of the plant and not a pest or fungus, so I suspect it may be a genetic aberration, or a reaction from the plant against something (ie the plant's immune system.)  Sorry I can't be of more help but if I see it again this year I'm not going to worry about it but will still look very closely as anything grown under glass can be affected by spider mite which are too small to see by eye.

planting out delphs and foxgloves

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:55

I agree with Hostafan1, but do watch out for slugs which just love them (delphiniums that is)!

Tree Saws

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:47

Depends on how big but I use a bow saw for anything over 2" diameter:

and a pruning saw for smaller stuff:

 (random web images)

The pruning saw can get into shrubs when you just want to remove (say) a few older stems.

Help to ID plant or weed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:39

The first one is Herb Robert, quite a pretty weed but does seed everywhere and the second is creeping buttercup which is a thug, so you did the right thing and I would get the buttercup out asap!

starting a cottage garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:33

The Geoff Hamilton BBC Collection (which includes his take on cottage gardens) is still available on DVD from Amazon for just £8 and comes highly recommended by many folk on the forum:


Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 16:34

I'd leave the tulips and aquilegia as they won't take kindly to being moved at this time of the year.  The aquilegia might be a self-sown one and many of those aren't too attractive so wait 'til it flowers which won't be long and pull-up if you don't like it, or move after flowering.  Best to dig the tulip bulbs up after the leaves die-back naturally in a few months.

The bluebell might well be a self-sown spanish one (which can be thugs) so I'd probably just sacrifice it.

Yes, move the pulmonaria after flowering - if you take the whole clump with plenty of soil left on the roots it should transplant well.

Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:18

#1 Might be tulips.  There's an aquilegia growing behind them.

#2 Probably a bluebell

#3 looks like pulmonaria.  The small plants growing around the area with the small leaves look like goose grass - a rapidly growing weed so you probably want to pull those up asap.




Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:47

And an animation (if it works):



Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:46

9:27 from here:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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