Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Are my tomato seedlings leggy? (and other tomato seedling advice)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:40

Those look fine Max.  I have used silver foil on the inside of a cardboard box with one side removed to help scatter light - this does help to  prevent them becoming leggy and leaning towards the light.  Best temps to grow them at are 14 to 20C at this stage.  I would leave them another week before repotting as they are a bit delicate at the moment.  When you re-pot, bury them right up to the seed leaves (the first two leaves which appeared when they germinated.)  Put them into small pots (eg 9cm) first and then repot those into slightly larger ones (eg 12cm) when the roots reach the sides of the small pots.

Apple tree disease

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:25

Can we see a photo of the whole tree, KoG?  I would likely prune back into healthy wood but it would be good to see the whole tree to advise on where to cut.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 22:11

The 'unknown' tree peony decided to open today:

Worth waiting 10 years for (well, maybe!) and spotted another couple of buds:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 21:56

Built the sides to my revamped and raised bed today and filled it with 10 barrowloads of home made compost:

Tomorrow, it's the best bit - planting time!

Plant identification

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 20:50

Yes, definitely a geum.

Plant identification

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 14:18

I think rear left is armeria and front left is carnation.

weed ID please?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:27

Liverwort is usually an indicator of waterlogged soil, conditions it loves.  If your blueberries are in containers, check that the drainage holes haven't become blocked.

Iron chelated by EDTA kill plants?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:06

Moss doesn't like Iron which is why it is used as a moss killer.  However, most plants actually need Iron and you will find it is included in all multi purpose feeds.  I wouldn't water lawn feed on other plants directly but just a bit of residue left in a watering can won't cause any harm at all.

Sooty mould

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:02

Those are scale insects, not mealy bugs.  They can be rubbed off but that will be a lot of work.  The only other thing which will work would be a systemic insecticide like provado, but that will affect all insects and is very bad for bees.

Give the scale ('scuse the pun!) of the problem, I would highly recommend that you cut the honeysuckle back to the ground instead.  It will almost certainly sprout fresh shoots and although you will get no flowers this year, you will end up with a much healthier plant.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 21:29

Ooh, I have those too - didn't know they were scented - will be 'nosing' around them at the weekend then!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

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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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


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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