Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Garden tree wash

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 20:00

I think Berghill is spot on.  These companies won't tell you the exact ingredients as they would consider it a trade secret but if you were worried about it containing something in particular (such as neonicotinoids), they may be more happy to tell you that their product is free of it.

Edit: just saw your reply.  I would only consider using horticultural soap in the garden.  Maybe try a mixture of that and neem oil if you want to DIY.

Last edited: 18 November 2016 20:04:00

Mini greenhouse question

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:53

They will flower slightly earlier if you do that Hefty, maybe by a couple of weeks.  The downside is that they would need hardening off by leaving them outside during the day and putting back in the GH at night for a week or so otherwise customers who planted them outside as soon as they bought them might find the flower stems flop over after a cold night.  This is from my own experience.

Moving bulbs in November

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:40

If they are very congested they may not flower well anyway so I agree with nut and would get it done now if it were my garden.

Poop Identification

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 18:31

Snap, Dove

Poop Identification

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 18:30

Difficult to judge the size but those look very much like worm casts to me.  They can be quite large from a large earthworm.

growing a potato vine in a pot

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:00

I grew one in a 25cm wide, 40cm deep, pot for about 3 years and it did very well and flowered profusely.  Since planting it in the ground it has produced far more growth and had fewer flowers, so I think you'll be ok for a few years at least.

When to Pot Tree Lillies

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 18:50

Plant them as soon as they arrive Peter.  I have pots of similar size and have had 5 in each for the last 4 years and they did well but am transferring them to a border this coming weekend as now they grow to  6ft plus each year, the wind keeps blowing the pots over!  Plant them at the recommended depth on the instructions as the stems produce their own roots so they need to be quite deep.  You want 3 times the height of the bulb of soil above which means at least 6" deep, depending on the size of your bulbs.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 21:42

The weather here today was completely different to yesterday, relatively warm and sunny although everything was still very damp in the garden.  Managed to plant 300 narcissi bulbs (a bit late, I know!)
I've gone for a lot of white varieties this year.  Also filled about half of the new raised bed in the front garden.  Still have 180 bulbs to plant but they are tulips, so no real rush to get those in.

I also leave my dahlias in the ground GWRS.  I find they survive fine as long as I keep an eye out for slugs and snails once they start sprouting.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:32

I'd take him over any of the current lot, no matter which party they are currently pledging their allegiance to!

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 12:09

Don't get me started, Fairy!  One of the current 'offenders' is the use of 'I could care less' as used across the pond instead of 'I couldn't care less' as used here.  Two opposing viewpoints, surely?

Last edited: 13 November 2016 12:10:30

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: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

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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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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