Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Help! Can anyone identify this plant?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:15

Difficult to identify but is far too small to plant out so grow it on and overwinter in the pot.  Best to put it in an unheated greenhouse or coldframe if you have one, otherwise put the pot close to a wall of the house.  Come spring and it should have grown a bit and it will be easier to tell what it is.

single flower identification

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 21:45

It's an aquilegia, tony.

Crop Rotation. 3, 4 or 5 Year?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:14

Three roughly equally sized veg areas here so I go with 3 year rotation simply because of that.

Well fed fox

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 16:55

I found a sealed packet of dried catfood buried just below the surface of a large pot  on 3ft high stand a few years ago..

Anyone recognise this?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 16:33

Nerine I think.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:00

Leics: Clear blue skies, 10C now (5C overnight.)

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:48

Spuds did OK (Kestrel & Sarpo mira, the only types I can grow which don't get devastated with keeled slugs), winter squashes worst year ever, only one large one out of ten plants (6 different varieties) with the rest producing only one or two fist-sized fruit.  Summer squashes fewer and smaller than usual.  Carrots OK (polytunnel), parsnips good, all brassicas very good, especially brussels.  The tomatoes in the greenhouse did OK too but smaller crop than usual, especially the larger types.  Overwintered peppers and chillis excellent, seed grown ones only ripening now (conservatory.)  Spring sown broad beans ok, no blackfly at all.  Runner and climbing french beans minimal crops.  Forgot to plant out the leeks!

Edit: Forgot the fruit:  Strawberries lower crop than usual, raspberries (Polka) excellent - still going, gooseberries lower crop than usual, blackberries the same.  Apples good. Cherries small crop (netted.)  one pear (not yet ripe.)

Overall, the worst year I've ever had, all due to the weather.  Fingers crossed for 2017..

Last edited: 09 October 2016 09:53:13

Catnip plant for cats

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:18

Not so different to their human equivalents and alcohol then!

Catnip plant for cats

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 18:36

My old black tom called Pepper used to go crazy for it.  If I held a leaf in my hand for him, he was so keen he'd even try and eat it and didn't care if he got my fingers too!  I often wondered if that's how it got the name catnip! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

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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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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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