Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Wots This?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:48

Large Elephant hawk-moth I think Dan.

Opinions on 'worm tea'?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:12

Worm tea comes from the bottom of a proper worm composter.  I'm pretty sure that a special kind of worm is used in those, not earthworms.  Edd is our expert on vermiculture although he may be on hiliday at the momemnt.  Have a look at this thread:


Cornflowers for next year

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 15:38

But do collect some seed so you can start them off in trays in spring if nothing comes up or the slugs have the self-sown seedlings.  Belt and braces. 

Silver leaf disease on plum tree

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:08

Silver leaf is usually fatal unfortunately.  All you can do is leave it and it will either die or not.  Apples are not affected and the correct time to prune young apple trees is when they are dormant.  I usually do mine in December.  It's important to prune young fruit trees properly to establish a good shape.  Have a look at the RHS pruning advice, here:


Cherries that look like plums?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:01

No need to feel silly LG - it's a very common question.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:59

And they are completely hardy so no need to bring into polytunnel.  In fact, doing that might reduce cropping as it would certainly limit pollinator access.

Cherries that look like plums?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:54

All cherries and plums are edible (ie they won't kill you) but whether they taste nice is another matter.  There is only one way to find out..

I suggest cutting a ripe fruit and holding it against the tip of your tongue.  If it doesn't tingle in an unpleasant way after a few minutes and tastes sweet, then tuck in!


Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:48

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)?

Raising the level of a lawn

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:37

Sounds like a good plan to me and you will end up with an excellent lawn.  Hard work of course but only needs doing once and like everything in gardening, proper preparation is the key to success.

If you get on with your neigbours and they have better access to their gardens than you do, perhaps you could persuade them to let you temporarily remove a fence panel and barrow the materials in via their garden?  A bottle of wine or two might help smooth the path!


Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:13

Might be a Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) with something else growing through it.  Or the round ball is the volva and the 'shoot' is the stem with the cap having melted away as Inkcap mushrooms do.  I think the latter is more likely.

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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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