Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Strange gunge

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 12:29

Looks like a slime mould, possibly Arcyria ferruginea.  They feed only on dead material and are harmless to living plant tissue.  It'll probably be gone in a few days.

Last edited: 26 August 2017 12:29:34

Beginner looking to make flower bed

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 10:58

If you have clay soil I'd recommend adding 1 bag of well rotted manure (the pre-bagged stuff from garden centres and places like Wickes is perfect if you don't have local sources) per metre and rotovating or digging the chippings directly into the soil (after removing the membrane, if there is one) as this will improve drainage which all plants will appreciate.  First thing is to take a fork to it and see what the soil is like underneath.  Once prepared, lay another couple of inches of manure over the surface to keep the weeds down and the worms will take this down over the winter.  Come spring and you will have ideal conditions for planting.

If you find the path has a hardcore base, post back as that would need a different solution.

What size pot to grow melon plants

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 10:40

I'm using 50cm pots with one plant per pot and have had good results.  The fruits are nearly ripe.

Honey fungus?

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 10:36

That's not Honey fungus, which is good news for the rest of your garden.  However, any which have fungus growing on them are already rotting inside and will be too weak to be used as supports in my opinion, even if you treated them.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:26

I stopped using peat pots as I found they nearly always developed fungus and now use small square plastic pots which fare much better.  PP is right though, fungus likes the same conditions that are conducive to seed germination and the rooting of cuttings.  Also worth trying a different compost.

Plant I.D. Confirmation

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 20:23


Plant I.D. Confirmation

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:26

It will take longer than that Torg, probably a couple of months.  You can help it by making a small cut on the underside of the bark where it is touching the ground and burying that section slightly.  Put a large stone or similar over the buried part to make sure the wind doesn't cause the branch to lift which would damage any developing roots.

Red and Black Currants with unidentified problems

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:22

I think fidgetbones is correct and that currants are only suitable for a cooler climate.  Wikipedia says this:

"The blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a woody shrub in the family Grossulariaceae grown for its piquant berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia where it prefers damp fertile soils and is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically."

Plant I.D. Confirmation

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:12

Yes, it is indeed a Cotinus.  Mine roots where the branches touch the ground so you are doing the right thing.

Non Flowering Hibiscus

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:09

If it's any consolation, I have had two for 3-4 years and neither have ever flowered.  I moved one to my south-facing front garden so it would get as much sun as possible but forgot about a tall perennial which came up in front of it, so will have to move it again when the leaves fall!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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