Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Nail in tree trunk

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 19:34

Aluminium nails are best as they don't corrode like steel ones and won't damage chainsaws if the tree is later felled.  Not something found in the average workshop though!

Is my Hibiscus dead ?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:50

They are slow to establish and don't really start doing anything until the second year.  They need a sunny spot to do well and flower.  It might be a bit dry there too, planted close to the wall - I would have planted it a bit further out.

Leek growing

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:42

No need to keep the holes clear Loz, just let them gradually fill in themselves as rain washes soil in and the leeks will grow perfectly well.  They are greedy feeders, so worth digging-in well rotted manure before planting.  I also hoe-in a sprinkling of fish, blood & bone later in the season.  Strangely, slugs have never been a problem for my leeks although they attack everything else!


Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:22

All cordon type tomatoes could be grown like that Tony, but the problem is length of season in the UK.  Commercial growers grow them to 20ft or more but they use artificial light and heat or grow them in countries much nearer to the equator.

What to plant with tulips?

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:13

Yep, narcissus would be fine.  There are some very early flowering types - see this from elsewhere on the site:


What to plant with tulips?

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 21:31

At this time of year you are quite limited but pansies are easily available now and will last until the bulbs appear.  You could also plant earler flowering bulbs above the tulips such as iris reticuli, snowdrops etc.  In general, tulips are plated deepest and the smaller bulbs above them - each type at a depth of about twice the bulb's size.  Layering bulbs is a pretty standard way to do this.

Sweet potatoes

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:13

I grew them in Leics the summer before last (in a polytunnel) and while the top growth was impressive, I can't honestly say that I harvested a significant amount of tubers so  don't think I'll bother with them again.  Someone else on the forum also grew them and had better results but I don't know where they lived.

Edit: just found the thread:



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:55

I find Kestrel are very pest resistant - they're a 2nd early.

Who can name this clematis?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:52

Other possibilites are "Mrs N Thomson" and "Anna Louise".  The main difference is in the anthers in the centre but I can't see those well enough in the photo.

Blood moon....

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 23:09

Thanks for all the kind comments folks!

Fingers crossed for clear skies during my next project - capturing the Leonid meteor shower on video (night of November 17 until dawn November 18.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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