Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:40

In my experience, Jerusalem artichokes are shy flowerers (as Dove mentions) so would also go for Globe artichokes or one of the many types of sunflowers.

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:51

The simple fact is that lots of folk (perhaps the majority) in the UK call flat leaved parsley 'French parsley'.  The rest call it 'Italian parsley' and the 'other rest' just call it 'flat leaved parsley'!

Eaten snowdrops

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:44

Been out in the garden to and there are plenty (hundreds in my case) of slugs about under leaves etc.  It's a myth that they hibernate and are active any time the temperature is above freezing, especially during and after rain.  It be them wot dunnit!

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Elephant Garlic

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:37

Ideally, you plant cloves in September.  Like standard garlic, they are more likely to split into cloves after experiencing some cold.  I would plant them now.

Bowles Mauve looks sat on! Normal?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:04

Remember to take some cuttings in July too.  While it is technically a perennial, it does tend to get leggy after 2 or 3 years.  It's one of the easiest plants to propagate that way.

Night Phlox

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:58

Well done for getting it through a winter, something I've never managed.

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:57

Yes, same stuff.  Why two names?  For the same reason I have 3 - Robert, Rob and Bob;  It depends on who is doing the talking!

Moss removal? Hard surfaces AND grass

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:57

Stop using quotes then.  They clearly don't work very well and are completely unnecessary.

Any ideas what this plant is?

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:51

I agree with nut, almost certainly wood avens.  That weed is the only geum I know of which retains leaves over winter.  You could keep it and wait and see, but if it produces small yellow flowers, get rid of it quick before it seeds or you'll have them forever!

What plant is this?

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 20:22

I think you will need to use root cuttings to propagate any type of asparagus and will probably need to wait until it is has a more substantial rootball.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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