Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Parsnips in France

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:39

I'm glad I'm not a farmer - this sort of thing makes me fume!:


Help needed!

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 18:54

It's definitely file size - anything under 1MB will work, no matter what dimensions it has.  If your photo editing program allows you to change the jpeg compression, do that rather than resize.  As a rough guide, I have no problems posting 3000x2000 pixel photos with a jpeg compression factor of 70 (where 100 is least compressed.)  Some editors use a factor of 1 (least compressed) to 12 (most compressed) just to confuse things, so you'll need to experiment to find what factor works on your photos and keeps file size under 1MB.

Hopefully, the new site will take care of all of this sort of thing for us.

Conf Pear Tree

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 21:54

It's a fungal infection called Pear Rust.  The first thing you see is orange spots and if you pick off affected leaves as soon as you see them it is easy to control.  Because the fungus requires two host species (pear and juniper), it helps if you remove any junipers you may have in your garden.  More on the RHS site:


Which Green Manures

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 14:36

I've tried them but it was just too much faffing about for me and require a lot of extra digging so I now mostly use 'no dig' methods but I do make a lot of compost so always have that available as a surface mulch for the worms to work in.

Successional Planting - Follow On Crops

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 14:28

I always follow 1st early potatoes with leeks which last until about the end of February the next year.  If you want to try that, sow the leeks in early spring in trays or a nursery bed and transplant when you lift the spuds.

tomatoes plants

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:21

They are annuals when grown in the UK and similar climates, so chop them up and compost them or put in the green waste bin if you don't have a compost heap.  Tomatoes are easy to grow from seed if you have a greenhouse or even on a windowsill which gets plenty of light - you can always buy plants if that doesn't work for you.

new tree

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:08

There are a lot of other Betulas which may suit you including multi-stemmed ones.  I also love their generally light and open canopy.  Have a browse through the Hillier site where you might get some inspiration - start with the designer's guide:

new tree

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:47

I'd be very careful with that one.  If you use google images, you'll see a HUGE variation in growth habit and many of them are the antithesis of 'graceful shape and light canopy"!  This one looks like something out of a Quatermass film (4th pic down):


Manuring & Winter Digging

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 20:57

Snap Dove!

Manuring & Winter Digging

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 20:56

If it's fresh manure you need to dig it in from now onwards in order to give it time to break down in the soil.  If it is well rotted manure then you may well be better off by doing as your friend suggests then digging it in during early spring.  Whichever you choose, you should try and remove every piece of root you see as you are doing the digging - that is by far the most effective way of removing perennial weeds by far.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Replace or cut back hard? 
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They're about now! 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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