Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What's going on with my broccoli?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 19:07

Brassicas don't really like the loose soil in raised beds and do much better in the ground.  They need firming in when planted - I use the heel of my boot and that's on clay soil.  If you have no choice but to grow them in raised beds, plant them deeper (right up to the stalks of the bottom leaves) and really firm them in.  Never let them go short of water.


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 23:44

You have a very healthy looking specimen there Flyfifer!


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 23:36

I'd say that is "The President" and is an early large-flowered type.  Group 2 for pruning which means light pruning in late February.  Start right at the end tip of each stem and follow it down until you find a pair of healthy looking buds and snip the stem off just above them.

Snails in the Lawn!

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 23:24

Try slug nematodes.  I've been using them for about 3 years now, getting very little slug damage and my garden has a grass field and ditch on one side and a wild area on the other.  They might seem expensive (£23 to treat 100 square metres) but that is only the cost of a couple of decent sized plants and I lost far more than that to slugs each year before I started using nemaslug.  As long as you apply them correctly (onto already damp soil when temperatures don't go below 5C) and follow the instructions on the pack, they do work.


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 19:06

It looks like a jelly fungus.  You can remove the fruiting bodies (which is what is in the photo) if you don't like them but the main part of it is in thin sheets underground.  It is doing no harm and is beneficial as it is breaking down dead woody stuff in the soil into a form that plants can use.  Nothing to worry about.

Plants identity

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 18:59

The clematis might be Polish Spirit which is very prolific and flowering at the moment.  If so, it's a Group 3 so cut back to 30cm in late winter/early spring.

Confused strawberries

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 23:20

It's called phyllody.  This may either help or just serve to confuse you more:

But a happy outcome the next year:

Last edited: 18 July 2016 23:23:23

Strawberry plants uprooted.

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 23:05

Hedgehogs are carnivores so I don't see why they would be suspects unless the roots are being eaten by vine weevils.  Have a dig around in the soil and see if you can find any C shaped grubs which may be whatever did this are really after.  If you find any they have done you a favour as vine weevils will eat all of the roots and you'll be left with just dead strawberry tops!

Strawberry plants uprooted.

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 22:56

Squirrels ripped mine out early in the year and ate the top fleshy part just as they were beginning to grow and left just the roots laying on the top of the soil but they haven't bothered with them for a couple of months now.

Apple Tree Rootstock

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 22:23

Berghill is right about growing from seed.  You might also have to plant 30x root stocks to get 10 grafted trees as many of the grafts will fail and put you back at square one.  They may even fail at 2 or 3 years old.  Paying a bit extra for a nursery to take all of those losses for you is well worth it in my opinion, particularly as you'll be eating apples a lot sooner than doing it yourself.  However, I do appreciate the sentiment and doing it yourself means you can use varieties from trees that you have personally eaten and like the apples from which may in some cases not even be known.

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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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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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