Latest posts by BobTheGardener

A very Merry Christmas to you all

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 14:58

Merry Christmas Nora and the rest of the team.  Have a good one!

Olive Trees

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 14:55

Mine lives outside in a pot by the south-facing wall of my house (in Leics) and started off about the same size.  After 5 years it is about 3ft tall now and puts on about 6" every year.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 11:07

Good job I'm on holiday - just had 5 bare root roses delivered together with about 100 bulbs, all of which I'd forgotten I'd ordered!  Might just put the roses in a bucket of water and plant them tomorrow when the weather is forecast to be better (dull and drizzly at the mo.)

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 16:54

Grey here but dry and with just a shade of blue in the sky, so did a lot of weeding, pulling-up forget-me-nots from places I don't want them and dozens of willow herb 'rosettes' which are (as usual) appearing everywhere.  Had a robin helping me which was lovely company!

Steep Back Garden Sloping Towards House

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 16:48

Probably best to build the retaining wall at the bottom first, then you can just fill the bottom terrace with the soil dug from creating the path.

Steep Back Garden Sloping Towards House

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 15:51

I would say your best bet would be to terrace it, with either steps at one end, both ends or in the middle, with a horizontal path running along the entire length of the slope, half way up.  That would give you complete access and the path would soon be hidden from view by plantings.  Cutting the path into the slope would create the top terrace automatically and retaining 'walls' of sleepers (2 or 3 high) would be enough to hold the soil back, especially if you drill vertical holes through the sleepers and hammer reinforcing bar (rebar), easliy available from a builders merchant, a couple of feet into the soil below.

what is eating my Christmas cards?

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 15:43

If it's slugs, you'll definitely catch them at it if you do a late night visit.  Mice will hear you coming though, so other methods needed to confirm their presence.

Steep Back Garden Sloping Towards House

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 15:34

It's a bit difficult to visualise the extent of the slope in order to advise, Souperwoman.  Could you perhaps take a few photos from further back or an upstairs window etc., to show as much of the garden as you can?

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Apple tree branch joined at both ends

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 13:12

It can happen when branches are permanently touching each other and is one reason for the basic pruning advice of "remove all diseased, damaged and crossing branches".  However, it won't hurt the tree.  Tree surgeons may also graft a branch like this on very old trees to provide support for a main branch which has been weakened by damage such as rot in the heartwood.

Coffee husks

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 20:22

If it does contain a lot of nitrogen, it will act as an excellent compost accelerator so I would continue to add it to your compost heap in any quantity you like, then use the resulting compost to improve your soil.  Just make sure you wet the heap if adding a lot of it in one go. 

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: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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