Latest posts by BobTheGardener

comfrey in newly seeded lawn

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:28

Jamie, I have moved comfrey several times in my garden and while it is impossible to get all of the roots out, you can eventually get rid of it in unwanted places by pulling it up every time it re-grows.  I suggest you hand pull it until your new lawn is old enough to begin being mowed, after which I think the regular mowing will eventually exhaust it.  Alternatively, your idea of using feed & weed next year should do the trick.


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 00:36

Worms pull down dead organic matter from the surface to eat.  If there is none, they will move on or die.  Simples.


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 19:32

Sweet peppers, aubergines, chillies, basil, some of the more tender varieties of courgette.  Someone once asked me what I grow in my greenhouse and my reply was "ratatouille"! 


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:25

Oil Beetle I think Lyn.

Some of them are now very rare and several thought to be extinct in the UK, so worth getting it properly identified - try here:



Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:22

Mulching with lots of home-made compost and well-rotted farmyard manure will encourage them back in as natural a way as possible.

Help with tree ID please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:19

Good idea Clahay - I love the contrast of yellow with blue - If it doesn't come back well I'd probably replace it with a ceanothus myself.


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:12

They are just aerial roots which the ivy uses to cling on to things, so nothing at all to worry about.

Help with tree ID please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 14:26

I agree with nut and will just add that lichen is harmless and just shows that those twigs are very old and that you have good air quality.  It's a relatively short lived shrub so the poor growth may indicate that is is nearing the end of it's life.

Moneymaker tomato leaf problems

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 13:12

If they are outdoors, possibly hail damage - there have been a few threads about that recently.


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 13:10

Pure guess - do you have any Red Valerian in your garden?

It's the roots which stink on that one, not the leaves or flowers.  Can't stand it myself.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

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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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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