Latest posts by BobTheGardener

polyanthes tuberosa

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:21

I grew them indoors and the scent was wonderful.  I kept the bulbs for 2 or 3 more years but they never flowered again despite lots of tlc.  Plenty of leaves but that was it.  Even repotted half of them and added high-potash feed.. Grow them on a very sunny windowsill or in a conservatory, enjoy for that year and then chuck 'em away is my advice.

Seed ID please

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 14:22

Could the large ones be from a peony of some type? 10mm seeds are few and far between in most gardens.


Posted: 14/01/2016 at 19:36

Any recent soft growth will be killed by the frosts we are now getting and cutting back now may promote even more if we get another mild spell so I would advise waiting until the usual time. 


Posted: 13/01/2016 at 22:48

Plenty of goals in that one David!  The Foxes still not showing any signs of the much predicted 'slide down the table' either!

Rose hips- culinary varieties

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 20:01
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I've made rose hip wine. It tasted a bit too much like rose hip syrup for my taste. Maybe I put too much sugar in. A lot of home-made wine recipes are over sweet for my taste

Although I don't drink much these days, in my wine making era I always used high alcohol tolerant yeast which helped cut down the sweetness (but resulted in producing 'sleeping draught' wine at 14 degrees proof!)

Another 'trick' was to add a bit more water and re-ferment if the original wine was too sweet.  That also resulted in a rather high alcohol content though.

white fly in please!

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 20:52

Have alook here for ideas.  It's an American site but the advice and methods are equally valid here:

If the sweet williams are the only plants in there, personally I would sacrifice them to the compost heap and use a sulphur candle to sterilize the GH.  You really don't want this destructive pest around when you start raising plants in the spring.

Stabilising a clay bank

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 16:58

Another plant worth considering is Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle) which is an evergreen and will spread by rooting where it touches the ground.  Here is an article about using it on slopes:

I've seen this successfully used on 45 degree clay banks in shade where grass wouldn't grow.

Garden footwear

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 18:39

I use 'safety footwear', complete with steel toecaps and non-slip soles.  Huge range including wellies and 'ladies' versions. You can get them from the likes of screwfix, wickes etc.;  As they are considered 'workwear' there is no VAT to pay.

I've treated myself ...

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 17:33

You will find it very useful for sweet peppers and chillis, if you want to grow those.  An early start is essential for those to ripen in time in the UK.

Sow indoors IN HEAT ?

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 14:12
Dovefromabove wrote (see)
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

......  The heating of the seed tray compost by the sun .....

What is this strange 'sun' of which you speak? 


Indeed, Dove!

I have two main hobbies - gardening and astronomy so am completely frustrated at the moment!  Having said that, I have a pile of shiny new 2016 seed and plant catalogues to keep me busy.  

Plant porn!

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