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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Summer has arrived

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:40

I'll let you know in a few weeks if they live up to their name!

Help! My blackcurrants are splitting

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:39

Not much you can do,GFF.  Sometimes they split after heavy rain following a dry spell, so all you can really do is keep them regularly watered.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:32

The flowers are all red and then those white petals just spring out, seemingly from nowhere, Salino.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:25

From today:

random hardy geranium - I have lots of these

 another with a bee just departing

 Coreopsis Sunray with a matching pair of naughty labybirds!

 and runner bean Tenderstar - worth growing just for the flowers with which they are loaded, with a spike every 4 or 5 inches from the ground upwards!


Posted: 29/06/2013 at 19:33
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Oldies but goldies on here. By the way we're all 27.

Or multiples thereof!

Welcome, Keen 1.

Help - fungus or mould on apple tree

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 19:28

Hi Sara,  Best to avoid spraying at all if you can as it will kill the good bugs as well as the bad.  The trick is to catch them early - as soon as you see a bit of the white stuff appearing next spring, get the scrubbing brush out!  If it's a really bad infestation then spraying about the beginning of June would probably be best.  You can also consider using a Winter tree wash when the tree is dormant which will kill the overwintering ones.  That is less damaging to the environment than spraying when in leaf.

Help - fungus or mould on apple tree

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 14:14

Despite the fact you haven't found any insects (they may have moved on up the tree to the young shoots by now, as is their modus operandi), I'm fairly sure this is apple woolly aphid, a very common but not too serious pest of apple trees.  You can brush them off with a stiff brush, but if they have already moved to the tips of the branches, that won't do much and you may need to spray. 

RHS advice on control:



Posted: 28/06/2013 at 20:00

I'd recommend regularly mulching with a layer of multi purpose compost.  This will help stop weed seeds from germinating and the worms will take it down into the soil and so improve it without you having to do anything.


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:50

Also use a magnifying glass and inspect the underneath of the leaves for spider mite - they are tiny and you probably won't be able to see them without the aid pf one.


Posted: 27/06/2013 at 23:14

It does depend on the shrub, so the best thing to do is visit the RHS site and type 'prune' and the shrub name into the search box.  As a rule of thumb, shrubs which flower early in the year should be pruned after flowering.  Evergreens don't need much pruning but if necessary then do it in mid-spring.  Cut back overgrown shrubs in the winter.

The RHS site is here: 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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