Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What is eating all of my plants?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:42

Adult vine weevil, possibly.  They overwinter under the cover of stones, pots etc and are known to take chunks out of the edge of leaves.  They are also nocturnal, so aren't often seen during the day.

Molly the Witch in trouble

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:26

Fingers crossed nut.  Does look a bit like a powdery mildew though.

Tiger Bean

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:22

They look more like dwarf beans (aka french beans) to my eye, Androo.

Which variety of second early potatoes

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:12

Kestrel for me as they taste lovely and are slug resistant as a bonus.

Can i grow anything in here?

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:27

One thing which might grow in a stoney/rubble-rich soil is creeping Thyme which would love the drainage, but does need a fairly sunny spot..  I would risk a pound or two on a pack of seeds and just sprinkle them along the base of the fence and see what happens.   If it grows it will help keep weeds down and the bees & butterflies will love it.

Plant ID X 2

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 19:34

The blue one could be chionodoxa (a bulb.)

Mister / sprayer - recommendation sought

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:58

Tonio, I use one my OH got from her hairdresser - it has lasted for years.

How long to wait with bagged manure

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:56

Loz, I use that exact same bagged manure and have excellent results when used directly at planting time but I wouldn't use it (or any other manure, no matter how well rotted) with root crops.  Carrots and parsnips will still fork and basically just don't need such a rich soil;  A sprinking of fish blood and bone when preparing the area is more than sufficient.  By all means dig-in multi-purpose compost and sharp sand to make a nice fine soil in the area (which root crops will appreciate) but leave the manure out.

What's the secret to raising strong tomato plants?

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:48

In addition to the other replies concerning plenty of light and growing them hard (which I fully agree with), I have found that brushing my hand over the seedlings every time I pass seems to help keep them short and stocky, perhaps simulating wind and strengthening the stems?  Anecdotal I know but that's what I do.    

Need ideas please for a steep slope

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 19:14

I agree, terracing is the way to go.  If you can make a level path from left to right, starting about half way up the steps, you'll be able to reach any section for maintenance.   Some of those large rocks will be in the way though, so you'll need some help to either get them moved or removed.  You might even be able to re-use them as a kind of retaining 'wall', otherwise you'll need to build one, perhaps using wooden sleepers.  It'll be hard work and may need a professional to do it safely.

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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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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