Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:01

It's called 'worm charming':

Choosing a small tree

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 19:17

Amelanchier, a beautiful small tree with lovely blossom followed by colourful (and edible) fruit with good autumn colour in the leaves.  Excellent for wildlife too.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 19:11

Garden centres should be busy next week, after all the bedding they sold and was planted last week dies in the coming frost this weekend!  Lovely day here but getting noticeably nippy now..

Beetroot on the go

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 19:14

It does do very well from sowings in modules.  I once left a tray out on the soil, forgot about it and they rooted through the holes and made nicely sized beetroot.

Watching seedlings grow 2016

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 18:58

Yes, I love them Kitty!  I grow ones for stuffing, others for salads, some for making sauces and giant ones just for fun!  Lot's of them get eaten straight off the vines when I'm passing.  Every variety tastes very different to me (I tend to grow only unusual or heirloom varieties.)  If (when) I get a glut, they all go into a big pan with some onions, garlic, peppers, chillies and herbs and are reduced into thick sauces which are frozen for use in cooking over the rest of the year.  I give lots of spare plants away of course.

Darn frost

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:43

Yeah, they are really sensitive to it Landlubber.  I stick to an old routine and don't sow mine until the 1st of May but they will stay in pots indoors for a few weeks if the temps are still low.

Apple trees

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:40

Could be any time from when they are about 5 years old.  However, you will have to cross your fingers that they are nice to eat as apples don't come true from seed and the vast majority will turn out to be like crabapples as that is the most likely thing that the bees cross-polinated them with.  You could be lucky and get a new variety though.

Help to Identify this Shrub

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:33

That's a beauty.  I'll keep an eye on this thread as I'd love whatever type it turns out to be.

Watching seedlings grow 2016

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:25

Potted on the tomatoes (left and top left) with spare bottom left.  Despite limiting myself to 10 varieties, there are still 48 of 'em!  Chillies and sweet peppers (right) will be about ready for potting on next weekend:

Also one of five over-wintered sweet peppers which are now shooting - should give quite a head start:


what are they ?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:09

Yes, I get those too Hosta.  Every time I make a batch of comfrey feed and strain off the fibrous stuff, it get covered in them within seconds.  Never see them otherwise!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


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
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