Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Poop Identification

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 18:30

Difficult to judge the size but those look very much like worm casts to me.  They can be quite large from a large earthworm.

growing a potato vine in a pot

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:00

I grew one in a 25cm wide, 40cm deep, pot for about 3 years and it did very well and flowered profusely.  Since planting it in the ground it has produced far more growth and had fewer flowers, so I think you'll be ok for a few years at least.

When to Pot Tree Lillies

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 18:50

Plant them as soon as they arrive Peter.  I have pots of similar size and have had 5 in each for the last 4 years and they did well but am transferring them to a border this coming weekend as now they grow to  6ft plus each year, the wind keeps blowing the pots over!  Plant them at the recommended depth on the instructions as the stems produce their own roots so they need to be quite deep.  You want 3 times the height of the bulb of soil above which means at least 6" deep, depending on the size of your bulbs.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 21:42

The weather here today was completely different to yesterday, relatively warm and sunny although everything was still very damp in the garden.  Managed to plant 300 narcissi bulbs (a bit late, I know!)
I've gone for a lot of white varieties this year.  Also filled about half of the new raised bed in the front garden.  Still have 180 bulbs to plant but they are tulips, so no real rush to get those in.

I also leave my dahlias in the ground GWRS.  I find they survive fine as long as I keep an eye out for slugs and snails once they start sprouting.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:32

I'd take him over any of the current lot, no matter which party they are currently pledging their allegiance to!

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 12:09

Don't get me started, Fairy!  One of the current 'offenders' is the use of 'I could care less' as used across the pond instead of 'I couldn't care less' as used here.  Two opposing viewpoints, surely?

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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 11:16

It may just be me getting older, but I'm getting really fed up with loud 'thumping' music in documentaries and other informational TV programs.  Almost everything on the Discovery or National Geographic channels is becoming a pain in the ears!  Anyone else noticed this?

Camelia problem pest

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 10:56

The notches in the leaf edges look like adult vine weevil damage so I suspect the root damage is vine weevil larvae.  The adults are nocturnal and very good at hiding during the day but often hide under pots.  At this time of the year you can use "Provado 500ml Vine Weevil Killer2" which you water in to the soil.  However, it is systemic and will be absorbed into the plant so may pose a danger to bees when the camelia flowers.  "Nemasys vine weevil killer" (nematodes) are completely safe but really need warmer conditions to work - soil must not go below 5C.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 23:43

I've visited the IoM many times and love the island.  The overwhelming impression still left on me is still one of magnificent desolation coupled with a sparseness of human population.

Let's hope that's not the inevitable end result of democracy!

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 22:49

It may be the oldest democracy in human history but I'm not sure I'd consider it equivalent to current 'western' democracies, Dove.

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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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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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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