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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Lily bulbs

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 12:56

Plant them now, being as careful as you can as those shoots will be very brittle.  The bulbs need to be (ideally) about 6 to 8 inches (15-20cm) deep.  If that means all of the shoots are also underground than that is normal - roots will grow from those and they will soon break the surface and the leaves will form.

Ants in container

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 12:32

Generally, if you can get the ants to move on, then aphid problems also disappear.  I often see ants attacking ladybirds which are feeding on the 'herds' of aphids which the ants have carefully moved around to the juiciest parts of a plant.  Once the ants have gone, the ladybirds can get on with the job at hand.  As already said, a good regular drenching usually does the trick.

Onions and leeks

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:07

It's the overwintering that's the problem which allows the rust to survive and infect new plants.  Don't overwinter anything this year and you'll have a better chance of being clear next year.

weeds

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:04

Most weedkillers take several weeks to work fully.

Weed indentification

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:02

Fixed the link for you:

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B035n8hH4fAwOF

 Edit: I see you managed it.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:23

Looking a bit jungle-ish but pretty here:


 

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:11

Just noticed one of my delphiums is fasciated.  There is a normal one to the left of it:


 I'll post another photo when it's fully in bloom.

feeding asparagus now

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:02

Mulch them with a few inches of well-rotted farmyard or horse manure in late winter. Repeat that every year and they will have everything they need.  It will also help keep down weeds in spring as you really don't want to use a hoe around asparagus - hand weeding only.  If you want to give them a boost before then, I would use a liquid feed like a commercial seaweed liquid feed or make your own nettle, comfrey or manure 'tea'.

delphiums need help!

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:45

The flower heads could have been eaten by caterpillars of the delphinium moth, but you should see some evidence of that:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/check-your-delphiniums-for-caterpillars/307127.html

 

weeds and more?

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 20:11

Still not sure about Number 2 but yes, that's a geranium and the last one is petty spurge, a weed which is actually an annual type of euphorbia so watch the milky sap if you pull it up as it's a skin irritant.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

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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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

Drought

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.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1389
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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