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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:25

Snap Dove and I agree, it is hard work!

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:20

You need to stand on the bottom bar and use your weight to get the tines to go in as far as possible - at least 4 inches.  If you aren't heavy enough or the lawn is really dry and/or compacted, you could either wait until the lawn gets softer after a decent amount of rain or ask someone a bit heavier to help you out!

Potato berry???

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 17:24

Yes, it is a potato fruit.  Potatoes are closely related to tomatoes hence the similar looking fruit.  They are very poisonous so don't be tempted to eat one!

The seeds can be collected and grown - this is how new varieties are produced although it is a long process as plants grown from seeds will likely only produce one or two small tubers which would be replanted the next season.  Rinse, repeat and after several years you have enough tubers to grow a reasonable crop.

Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:57

Potatoes grow tubers from the stem if those are buried (or partially so) and tubers turn green then purple on exposure to sunlight.  I think that's what has happened here.

Help locating new greenhouse

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:32

Scots Pines will usually cast the least shade of common trees so it might be a case of choosing the least worst option.  I have always located my greenhouses N-S to get an even amount of sunlight to each side.  I also planted a dwarf apple tree near the South end which means there is lots of light early on the season when it is most needed but provides some shade in Summer when it is in full leaf, negating any need for artificial shading.  Works well.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 22:00

Hi Mark, Either now or in spring would be fine.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 21:58

Trees are best moved when dormant.  November to February is the usual time frame, providing you don't do it when the ground is frozen.

Recording the weather in your garden

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 16:19

I have one of these (link is a review site, not a sales one):

It's excellent and when connected to the PC I can look back at all weather readings from the day I bought it.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 15:56

Hi Mark, one reason it will be struggling is that it is competing with the grass underneath.  Grass takes up a lot of nutrients and water from the ground.  I'd advise removing the grass and any weeds from under the hedge so that the privet is effectively growing in a row of clear soil about 12-18" wide.  To further improve things, sprinkle some fish, blood and bone fertilizer on that soil and mulch it with a couple of inches of garden compost or well rotted farmyard manure.  Doing that will also help keep the grass and weeds from growing under the hedge.  Once the hedge is fully established after a couple more years, it will shade the ground underneath and you won't need to do this.

Another weed???

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:30

Yes it's commonly called Fat Hen - don't ever let one seed!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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