Latest posts by BobTheGardener

grenhouse pests

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 18:57

The two most likely are slugs/snail and mice.  Look under your trays or modules for slugs etc.  If no sign, try a mouse trap or leave some food on the ground and see if it disappears.  Mice are excellent climbers.

Old Tennis Court!!!

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:49

Prodding with a fork won't tell you much about how it has been constructed - a section needs to be taken, as I said, Lyn.


Posted: 07/03/2016 at 19:31

Stuart, usually they grow blind if they were previously in a congested clump or if the leaves were tied/prematurely removed.  If you let this year's leaves die back naturally, they will build-up the bulbs and I'm sure you will be rewarded with a nice display from next year and onwards.

Old Tennis Court!!!

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 19:06

Hopefully it was a grass court rather than a clay one.  If so you'll have a much easier time with it.  Push a spade down as far as you can to cut a square and lift it out.  That should give you a good idea of how it was constructed.

Gardening on Our Own

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 20:34

Yes, love the solitude and just as well because the OH considers the garden to just be a place full of stingy, bitey, creepy-crawly, dirt-covered things which suits me fine! 

When I'm not focused on the task in hand, my mind wanders between the wonders of the universe and the unbelievable complexity of life and evolution.  I feel mentally refreshed (although often physically knackered!) when I come in after a good session in the garden.

New Theme Tune for Gardeners' World?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 12:37

I'm with Hosta - will this do?

Guess the plant

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 20:58

Nigella for me too.


Posted: 05/03/2016 at 10:30

They need to be kept frost free while young so better off in the GH for now, particularly if the containers are relatively small.  You should move them outside as soon as all danger of frost has passed.  At the end of this year you should protect the crown with a mulch of a few inches of bark chips or similar after they die down if leaving outside next winter.

Apple tree, advice please.

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 10:19

Tootles, I agree with Buttercupdays - ideally remove the grass from a circle about 1m diameter around the trunk.  The tree's feeding roots are near the surface and grass is a hungry plant and is competeing with the tree.  Cox's is a bit harder to grow then the average fruit tree and really benefits from another apple tree nearby to act as a pollinator.  I also hand-pollinate mine, taking a small soft brush from the flowers on one tree to another.

Apple tree, advice please.

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 22:46

Hi Mountainranger, what you have there is known as a year old 'maiden' tree.  Pruning is simple - basically choose a good looking bud about 75cm from the base and prune the top off just above this bud.  This will promote branches to develop.  See this video:


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