Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Out od date seeds

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 22:36

If the seeds germinate, the plants will be as good as those from fresh seed Lily.  The only problem is the germination rate might be very poor with old seeds.  If any of the packets have been opened before, they are probably not worth bothering with though.

phoning a 0344. number

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 18:39

The absolute best way to deal with unwanted calls is to have caller ID enabled on your line and get a caller blocking phone (BT do an excellent one.)  I've gone from 5 to 10 PPI type calls a day to none within 2 weeks.  They still call but the phone doesn't ring and no messages can be left from blocked numbers.  Bliss at last!


greenhouse thermometer

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 23:30

I have one of these:

Which I got from Maplin in a clearance sale.  They are also sold under several other names including WH1080/WH1081 and work with several different software packages including Easyweather for PC and wview for Mac.

The base station (which is completely self-contained and can be used without a computer) plugs into PC or Mac via USB for data record downloads and it communicates remotely with the external sensors (temp, humidity, wind speed, rain gauge) wirelessly.

Other software available - google WH1080 software for Mac in your case.

Here's my temperature graph for this year so far - took all of 5 seconds to generate and export from the Easyweather software:

 Hope that helps.

Pound land blueberries

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 22:44

The blueberry requires acid soil or it will never do well and likely die.  Unless you have acid soil, dig it up and plant it in a large container filled with a 50/50 mixture of ericaceous compost and a John Innes #3 (loam based) compost.  They love being grown in containers and it's the best way for most gardeners.  I have about a dozen different varieties in 40 to 50cm diameter pots and they do really well.

The others aren't really fussy and will grow in most soils without issue.

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 22:06

I grow Lingonberries plot26a which are very similar to cranberries but are native to Northern Europe so don't need frost protection like cranberries do.  Both need ericaceous compost.  Lingonberries root very easily where their spreading branches touch the ground so I have made many more plants for free.

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:56

Thanks both!  Must be a flowering type only - never seen any fruit (but there are a zillion squirrels and pigeons living there so they may all simply be eaten before they are ripe!)

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:43

Hi all, are these what you saw Newboy?


Anyone able to ID?

Bottom heat for cuttings?

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:57

Depends on which cuttings sandyv but in general, commercial growers use bottom heat and misting for lots of types, especially clematis.  I have a heated bench and get great results (eg 100% for 12 viburnum cuttings last year) but you do have to watch for them drying out.

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:16

There are some 30-40ft tall trees in a park I walk through on my way to work and those were all in flower last week.  Quite sparse flowers, each one small, white or light pink (tricky to tell at that height.)  I can't ever recall seeing any fruit on the ground so probably some decorative stone fruit species which doesn't set fruit in the uk (most municipal parks are full of non-native trees.)  If I remember correctly (which would make a change!), they may have red leaves when foliate.  I'll try and remember to take a photo tomorrow.

Fungus like growth on Coleus

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:21

Those are sap-sucking insects known as 'mealy bug'.  Advice from the RHS here:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

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Cutting ID

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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?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

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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