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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Unwieldy rose bush

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 13:01

The blooms at the bottom suggest that the variety isn't shy to produce new shoots from old wood, so I would cut the whole thing back to knee height next spring which should rejuvenate it.

To feed or not to feed ???

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:57

I agree with Dave and also suggest you use a John Innes No3 when you replace the top layer of compost as that formula is designed for permanent container planting. 

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 20:26

Fingers crossed Philippa!

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:46

Love that phrase 'cat-faced' - Purrfect description!   Mine today - just beginning to turn colour.  Every fruit I've ever had from Costoluto Genovese has been 'cat faced':

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57433.jpg?width=350

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57434.jpg?width=350

Great flavour though!

Football season - 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:18

We lost 2-0 away at Chelsea but not by as many as I expected for a newly promoted team.  0-0 after 65 minutes and we gave them a few scares in the 1st half !  Overall, pleased with the performance so far - I think we will be staying up this season which is priority #1, 2 and 3!

Dr Who

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:12

I love all sci-fi so looking forward to it.  Like most Dr Who fans I am usually slow to start liking 'new Doctors' but usually warm to them after a few episodes.

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:06

An updated photo from today:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57430.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I'm cautiously optimistic I may get a crop from them but reckon we need more good weather (particularly higher temps than at present) to be sure.

 

sorry who is this?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:58

The few I've considered ignoring were eventually removed by the mods anyway so I don't bother these days.

Tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:54

I've been eating Sungold for weeks - they are always the first to ripen and last to finish cropping here, so have a permanent place in my planting plans.   Suncherry Premium, too (similar in all respects to Sungold but red.)  All of the others are behind this year despite starting earlier than usual - cold spells early in the growing season are to blame IMO.

Raising Cedar Crown - Advice Please!

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:39

Cedar isn't a native species (it's from Lebanon and surrounds) and isn't particularly valuable to wildlife.  As others have said, it's usually planted as a specimen on large country estates and does look out of place in a normal garden.  Personally, I would have it felled as you will then be able to grow a lot more plants and shrubs and increase the natural diversity which will help all manner of wildlife.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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