BobTheGardener


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mouse/rat in the garden

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:46

As Pansyface says, it's all too easy to cause unnecessary suffering (this breaking the law) when using 'humane' traps.


http://www.ufaw.org.uk/rodent-welfare/rodent-welfare

Last edited: 22 August 2016 18:46:47

Plant I.D - binde weed or morning glory?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:32

It is Black Bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus) which has small flowers on short racemes.


http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/B/Bindweed(Black)/Bindweed(Black).htm

Can anyone identify this?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 01:55

Looks like a banana of some kind to me, judging by the leaves and growth habit.

Leaning Apple Tree

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 22:46

It looks like it has struggled to get enough light so has grown away from the fence and what look like very tall overhanging trees.  Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do that will encourage a mature tree  to grow upright and hacking off large sections is something you are right to worried about for the reasons you mention.  I would trim off some of the lower parts hanging down the slope now (summer pruning restricts growth) to make mowing easier and just enjoy the fact that you have a tree with 'personality'!
The old adage 'growth follows the knife' particularly applies to apple tree winter pruning so strong growth will occur where you prune it the hardest, which is the opposite of what most folk expect.

Strawberry Toscana - Distorted fruit

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 17:38

Distorted fruit can be due to poor pollination.  If you can't put them somewhere with more insect visitors, try using a soft brush to hand polllinate the flowers.

Angelica Archangelica pest

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 16:53

Looks like celery leaf mining fly which affects quite a few related plants.  I have it on some parsnips at the moment and remove and dispose of affected leaves as I spot them.

Tiny lettuce

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 00:38

I agree, looks like lollo rosso.  If you want to grow a large, crunchy, tight-headed lettuce, iceberg types are reliable and easy to grow.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 23:12

Oops, I somehow missed the side view - not sure about artichoke now but I always eat them before that stage!

Last edited: 10 August 2016 23:13:24

Plant ID

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 22:51

I think the thistle thing is a globe artichoke.

I.D. Please

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 21:12

Agree, looks like majoram or oregano and needs a scent test to be sure.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Hoglet!

Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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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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Canary

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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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