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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pear Tree Problem?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 13:25

My pears get Pear Rust most years and agree that it's important to remove affected leaves asap.  I missed a few this year so took photos of what the spots develop into: rather big spore-producing fruiting bodies below each spot - don't let them get to this stage!:

Plant ID quizzes

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 13:07

Glad everyone is enjoying it!  

I like the extra information below each question and have learnt a bit, especially in areas I don't know a lot about such as alpines and houseplants.

Plant ID quizzes

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 19:14

Hi all,  I just came across this 'educational revision' site and thought some folk here would enjoy the plant identification quizzes.  Everything from alpines to weeds!  This is a direct link to the gardening quizzes - there are many more covering other subjects on the menu at the left:

Weed or pepper

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 19:01

Pretty sure it's a weed and likely one of the chenopodiums. 

Tree I.D

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:40

Agree, looks like a crabapple.   Those are often grown for the blossom and decorative fruit.  They are wonderful for wildlife as the fruit can stay on the tree for months and helps feed birds and little furries over the winter.

Tree I.D

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:05

Sounds like a Lime - did the fruits look like those on this page?:


privet and toad stools

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 14:16

I agree, it does look like it.  It might have come in with the log-roll edging.  As Honey fungus needs dead wood as a 'home base', I would suggest removing all of the log roll and regularly digging that area over as this will break up the rhizomorphs and might stop it spreading.  You should dig-out that dead privet and try and remove all of its roots.  If you find any black 'bootlace' looking things in the soil while you are doing it, that would confirm Honey fungus.

Autumn raspberry leaves

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 00:00

Definitely sawfly damage isn't it Steve.  From a previous thread, it is probably the small raspberry sawfly (Priophorus morio) although there's not much info. on it.

This is really a scientific database so not much use to us gardeners:



Pulled My Spuds - Wash or Dry ?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 17:59

I have the same problem with some of mine NewBoy2.  They will store for a while but are far more prone to rot.  I put the ones with no holes at the bottom of the sack and the holey ones at the top so they get used first.

Most of the varieties I now grow have good slug resistance - Kestrel were untouched this year so I recommend those if you have a lot of slug damage.  Also the Pink Fir Apple (which I lifted today) are completely hole-free but are small and knobbly so a bit of a pain to use in the kitchen although worth it as they taste fantastic!

Hedge disease

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 16:34

It looks like it might be a beech hedge if that helps.  I agree with pansyface that regular watering and feeding are necessary in that size container.

Edit:  Ideally, you should use a John Innes No. 3 formula compost for permanent plantings like a hedge, so I would recommend that you remove the MP compost you have added and replace with JI #3, if you can.  If not, don't worry as the MP will certainly help.  Each year, sprinkle a couple of handfuls of fish, blood and bone fertiliser per trunk in early spring and gently tickle it in with a hand fork.  Keep up with the watering and the hedge should regain its health and the pests and diseases should go away without needing to resort to pesticides and fungicides.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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