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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Worms in every plum

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 17:34

Hi Alan, after pasting a link, hit the Return/Enter key - this then activates it so it becomes clickable.  Not obvious but easy once you know.

Dying Fruit Trees

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:21

Several of us on here have honey fungus in our gardens, ERB, and have to live with it.

The RHS lists are very useful.  My advice is to dig out as much root as possible from those things which have been killed and certainly never leave stumps as these serve as a home-base for HF.  Regular cultivation of the soil in affected areas seems to help too as this breaks the rhizomes which is how HF spreads to other trees and shrubs.

You might find this factsheet useful:

Good luck and don't despair! 

Worms in every plum

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:10

It's almost certainly plum moth.  Although you can't save this year's crop, now you know the culprit you can take action early next year.  Put up some pheromone traps and as soon as you start to see the right number of male plum moths caught on the sticky paper inside (the traps come with instructions), you can spray against the caterpillars before they burrow into the fruit.  See the RHS advice on dealing with this:


Anyone addicted?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 12:51

A little, yes!  I don't dip into the chat threads much otherwise I might not get anything else done!  I'm on hols for a fortnight and keep dipping-in several times a day instead of hiring that skip or ripping out that old fireplace etc.

Dying Fruit Trees

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 20:18

If there's no sign of Honey fungus, did you have any issues with flooding over the Winter?  If the ground is waterlogged for a long time, tree roots can actually drown and will then rot off.


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:36

The free version of MBAM is completely free forever.  However, you have to make sure that during the installation you uncheck the trial option.  These days even Adobe try and install unwanted stuff (like browser toolbars and Chrome) unless you untick boxes during the installation.  It's a bit sneaky but is now standard behaviour it seems.


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:23

Yes, I bought several varieties of tomato, chilli, pepper, lettuce and beans from them this year.  They are all doing very well indeed.  It was a nice surprise to see how many seeds I was sent for each variety compared with the usual suppliers.


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:21

Glad that seems to have sorted it for you both - I use it at work all the time (usually when one of their children has "borrowed" a colleague's laptop!)

When you do a full clean-up it will remove cookies which may contain usernames/passwords for some of the sites you visit which is why you had to put them in again hogweed.

I agree with salino, too - use add/remove programs to uninstall Java as it's not often used these days.  If you find something stops working after doing that you can always easily download and install it again.

Tomatoe supports

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 00:24

I'd love a wooden one Steve!  One day, maybe..

Can you identify this?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 00:20

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis).  It can be a bit invasive but is useful in very shady areas.  If you decide to keep it, cut the flowers off after they fade or it will seed everywhere. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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