Latest posts by BobTheGardener

First attempt at a leaf mould pen

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 17:47

Looking super, Ash!  I'm certain that you'll get some good stuff out of that.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 16:15

The weather wasn't as bad as expected so planted another 250 bulbs today, mainly species tulips.  Like Terry, I also found some bulbs which had been forgotten about!  Those looked in good nick so am hopeful that they will come up in spring.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 22:53

Looks like you're getting the brunt of it GD and it's heading for southern England.  Stay safe indoors - those winds are being estimated to reach 80mph!

Identify please

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 21:22

I'm at a bit of a loss too.  The way the leaves join the roots and the roots themselves, remind me very much of leeks.


Posted: 19/11/2016 at 21:10

That's going to take a lot of hard work!  Start by removing the leaves using very sharp secateurs or even a stanley knife - they are tough and fibrous (its common name is New Zealand flax and flax is used to make rope!)  I would dig a trench all around it, then start working under it, severing roots with a sharp spade etc. as you go.  A mattock would probably be my tool of choice for attacking the roots.

Who's the culprit?

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 20:21

Looks like textbook adult vine weevil damage, Charlotte.

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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 15:08

Dug over the new border before adding 5 trugs full of wormy soil from the veg plot then 20 bags of farmyard manure on top.  Kept me warm, anyway!

Now out to plant 200 tulips before it gets dark as it looks like rain all day tomorrow.

Terry, I never clear leaves from borders - they act as a truly natural mulch and will be pulled down by the worms.


Posted: 19/11/2016 at 11:32

Do you mean seeds of named varieties?  Not all named ones are hybrids so do come true to seed as long as they are grown isolated from other varieties.  That is the result of many years of isolation and inbreeding with the regular removal of any plants which revert or are different from the desired form.  More work = higher price.

F1 hybrid seeds of named varieties are produced by crossing the two original parent species and collecting the seeds.  That can take a lot of manual work and the parent plants have to be grown isolated with insects kept out so all of that work makes them more expensive.

I do agree with nut though as some named varieties are not much different from the species and not worth the extra writing on the label in my opinion.  I would say that if you want a named variety, buy a decent sized plant in a one litre or bigger pot.

Whats eating the cabbage!?

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 11:15

Looks like you have them netted though which is a good thing.  If I didn't net mine the woodpigeons would reduce them to stalks in a matter of hours.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 09:08

Ground frost last night. Lovely blue skies here in Leics at the moment but temperature is struggling to reach 2C.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

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Border design by Spanish bluebells

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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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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