Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Help needed with diseased tree

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:02

Hi Tony, It looks like it might be a cherry tree of some kind.  With the different appearance of the lower and upper trunk, it looks like it has been grafted and the graft has failed, very probably by being infected with bacterial canker:

As you can see from the RHS advice above, there is now no treatment available so the best course of action would be to replace the tree, unfortunately.  Even if Bordeaux Mixture were available, a lesion on the main trunk like this would not respond.


Bushing oak trees...

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 16:05

Charlie, why not have a go at bonsai with your saplings?  Here's some info for oak:


Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 12:54

I'm hoping for a family of Robins to move in Verdun!


Vine weevils

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:27

Hi all,, I've just come in from spreading the contents of a raised (carrot) bed over a large sheet of weed membrane for the birds to pick over.

The contents included all of my remaining carrots (about 50) which I discovered have been half-eaten by bloody vine weevil grubs when I harvested my Christmas dinner veg yesterday!  I've never had them attack carrots before.  I think I'll use nematodes in the spring when I refill the bed as there may still be some in there as I only took the top 30cm off (the bed is more than twice that height.)

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:16

Year after year I get aftershave..  I've had a beard for 40 years.

Football season - 2014

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 09:18

Thought I'd rekindle this thread for our wonderful Foxes who were bottom of the premiership this time last year but now, unbelievably, are leading it!  The video below was made by a Foxes (and obviously Pogues) fan,says it all and is very seasonal ('scuse the pun!).


Support for a single grapevine

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:48

Vines will grow as large as you let them once mature, Aster2.  Mine grows 2.5m up the side of an arch then 2m across it before turning 90 degrees and growing 10m along the top of trellis (but it is at least 40 years old!)  Having said that I grow it for the foliage (although it does produce grapes) but restricting vines by proper pruning will make them more productive, fruit-wise.

Newbie Question on Moss

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:39

That'll do it quarkrad.  Brushing sharp sand into the holes made by forking will help with drainage.  Scarifying it fairly regularly will remove moss and expose the soil beneath and you can seed those bare areas in spring.  If the lawn is shaded at all, using a shade-tolerant grass seed mix will help.  Those usually include a couple of fescue species (which have low light tolerance) and a bentgrass species (which cope better with damp areas such as is often found on clay soils.)

Festive Cats

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 16:43
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

I need a new computer as I can never pick up the links anyone posts

OTOH, I can honestly say that I haven't yet seen Cats in Frocks........but thank you Dove...........I shall know what to look out for now  I rather think if one of those appeared I'd be too stunned to clap my hands and hiss. 

I know you can't click links Philippa, so type 'cat in dress' into google.  My gawd, it's unbelievable!

Log burner

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 14:25

One problem with woodburners is that a chimney liner is often needed in order to keep the smoke hot enough.  The hotter the smoke, the better the 'draw' and higher the smoke will rise above the property.  If a chimney is considered marginal in this respect, then installers may give the owner an option to save a few pounds by not installing a liner and this may be what has happened in this case.  The best liners are 'twin wall' with the inner liner getting much hotter than the outer.

Here's a short article on the subject:

Note the potential issue for the owners concerning carbon monoxide with inadequate chimneys.  They are not expensive to have installed.

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