Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fruit Tree Aphids

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:44

Also check for ants crawling around your trees - they 'farm' aphids and carry them to fresh new growth.  The solution is to use 'fruit tree grease bands' around the trunks which are a physical barrier to prevent ants climbing the tree.

Garlic ready to harvest?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 23:39

Best left until the tops have gone brown and crispy. If they have split into cloves, those won't start growing again until the autumn so safe for another couple of months.


Posted: 30/05/2017 at 23:36

I've recently replaced mine with a Fitt NTS Wintech hose and it's the only one I've ever had which hasn't kinked on me.

Should I cut back my Blueberry bush?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 16:44

It's too young to need any pruning other than the removal of dead bits.  Once they are 5-7 years old, you can remove one or two of the oldest stems back to the base which will promote vigorous new shoots to come up.  Very old stems become less productive over time.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 13:14

Sorry to hear the prognosis Dove and hope you get mobile again as soon as possible.  My late father once gave me some 'great' advice:  "Don't get old, Robert" but I've had just a tiny wee little bit of difficulty following it!  I think the worst is when there is more than one problem as I find that while attempting to avoid pain to one area, it often aggravates the other!  Lifting while keeping the back straight isn't so straightforward when you also have a dodgy knee..

Dying Blueberry plant?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 13:03

If they have not dried out, the other possibility is that the drainage in the pot has become blocked and they have been standing in water, causing the roots to rot.  This happened to one of mine a few years ago and it turned out that the soil-based ericaceous compost was simply too heavy and provided very poor drainage.  While they need lots of water, they also require good drainage especially over the winter in the UK due to the high rainfall.

Since then I have been using peat-based ericaceous and no more have succumbed to root rot (I have more than a dozen plants, all in large containers.)

One way of telling if the roots have rotted is to try and (gently) lift the pot by holding the blueberry stems.  If it comes out easily with hardly any roots then you know the cause.

Last edited: 30 May 2017 13:04:54

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 11:08

Woohoo, greenhouse lorry has arrived! 

Magnolia scale?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 19:56

Yes it is.  They are sap-sucking insects and the white fluff shows they have eggs ready to hatch so you need to remove them asap.  Scrape them off using a plastic scraper of some kind or, perhaps easier, a really stiff scrubbing brush.  A bucket of soapy water might help too.  Spraying with insecticide is ineffective.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 19:56:55

Large weed rhizomes/roots

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 19:33

The 'Japanese blossom' tree you mention is almost certainly a cherry and those are well known for sending out shallow roots like this.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 19:02

Squashed about a dozen yesterday and even caught 2 today in the rain. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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'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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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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