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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Nettle Fertilizer

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 15:31

Hi Colin, Nettle fertilizer is high in nitrogen, so will suit the brassicas well as they need lots of it.  Do keep using tomorite on the toms too though as the nettle stuff isn't so good in the phosphate department.  For that, comfrey feed is better.

Weird red things...

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 15:23

They are galls (a reaction from the tree) caused by mites (likely in this case) or sometimes tiny wasps.  They're harmless and there's nothing you can do anyway - it's just nature at work!

gooseberry bush

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:43

Mixture of gooseberry sawfly and pigeons jumping on them eating the fruit?  Can you take a photo?

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:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Flowering in September 
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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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ID trumpet flower

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Last Post: 18/06/2013 at 11:41

Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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