Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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.

How do I tell try the nationality of my bluebells

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:47

Ask them to pronounce 'perro'!

Surprise garden visitor this morning

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 19:05

Don't use milk aym, it gives them 'the runs'!  Cat food is good for them.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 19:01

Lovely VS & B-L!

I think they are Iberis sempervirens (perennial candytuft) and aubretia chicky.

Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:14

It might not transplant well Lucid.  Poppies are renowned for not liking root disturbance and I'm sure I failed when trying it a few years ago.

Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:38

Same here Darren which is why I doubted myself!  Must have germinated last autumn and grew through the mild winter.  I expect we'll see more of this sort of thing.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

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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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

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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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


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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