Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Sweet chilli.

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 16:03

Pat, it's possible in a really good summer but they really need to be grown under cover in an average UK one.  They will do fine on an indoor windowsill if you have one that gets sun.  Otherwise perhaps you could knock up a cold frame or similar?  A frame of wood covered with clear polythene or polycarbonate sheet is easy to put together.

fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:45

And remember they need to be pollinated in order to produce fruit and bees can't get though fleece! 

Lilac tree fungus - how do I treat it?

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:43

The vast majority of fungi only live on dead wood so I suspect the branch was already dead.  To be safe, remove the branch and cut well below and into living wood.  Ideally remove the whole branch right back to the trunk.  There are no treatments available.

Mystery Seedling ID

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:36

They are definitely not tree seedlings and it doesn't look like any of the weed seedlings I'm familiar with so I would keep it for now - we should be able to identify them when they have grown a bit more.  I suspect an annual flower of some kind.

Polytunnel or greenhouse

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 22:29

So true, Steve!

Polytunnel or greenhouse

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 22:15

It depends what you intend to use one for really.  Greenhouses are better for starting off seeds and overwintering plants as they tend to stay a few degrees warmer than polytunnels.  If you want to grow a large crop of tender plants such as tomatoes, peppers and aubergines etc., then polytunnels work out a lot cheaper when large areas (eg anything over 6 ft x 10ft) are involved.  However, avoid really cheap polytunnels and go for a quality one if that is your goal as they will last a *lot* longer before the cover needs replacing.  If you have plenty of space I would go for a smallish glass greenhouse for raising your plants and a large polytunnel for growing them in.

plant id please

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 18:53

Last one looks like alkanet.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 20:15

No actual gardening, just contemplating growing ice plants, snowberry and frost flowers.

Greenhouse potting bench

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 20:12

It could be that the previous owner was using it as an alpine house, like this one at Wisley:

If that doesn't interest you, you could grow strawberries in it or, as you say empty it out and refill with just pea gravel.

raised bed / brassicas

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:40

Yep, 7mm holes max.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

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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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

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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