Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Horseradish under my fruit trees

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 18:43

If you happen to dig up a lost time machine, the ancient Romans are quite partial to those two.

Problems with butternut squash

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 00:05

It hasn't been a good year for squashes in general, as noted by several forum members, me included.  I suspect that the rot started in the flower before it fell off the end of your squashes.  I manually remove the dead flowers to try and minimise this on both squashes and courgettes but it's not always successful, especially if it's cool and wet soon after the fruit has set.

Unknown plant

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 23:55

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Plant ID please

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 18:44

I'd also say it's a tickseed of some kind, maybe Coreopsis lanceolata which is one of the weedy ones.

Edit: I think Nut has it (as usual!)

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:44

I find them all amazing Jo, in fact the whole metamorphosis process is absolutely mind-blowing!

What is '1 tuber'?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:40

Don't be tempted to split dahlias into separate tubers C3k (just in case you were considering that.)  They only shoot from the remaining part of the stem in the middle.  Tubers separated without part of that stem attached just rot away.  However, in spring when the new shoots appear, you can cut the shoots off and they will usually take root fairly easily, a good way to get more identical plants.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:33

I think the dark one is White Ermine moth (the thin line down the back is the giveaway.)   Not sure about Mr ginger - possibly Ruby Tiger moth or Sycamore moth.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 01:49

It's the caterpillar of the Pale Tussock moth (Dasychira pudibunda),both moth and caterpillar are beauties!



Spiders eating my apples

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 13:19

Hi Tracey, Spiders are entirely carniverous so won't be causing the damage but will use the holes to hide in.  The holes are probably being caused by birds or wasps.

Garden Shredders - tough enough ?

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 12:50

Sivad, I find a good way to break-up bagged compost which has been compressed flat because of stacking is to put them on their sides and stamp on them, giving the odd kick with my steel toecapped boots.  Relieves stress, too!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 17:47

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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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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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

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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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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

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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