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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Who Can Put A Name To This Thing?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 18:32

Yes, it's a sedum but difficult to tell them apart until the flowers are fully open.

Cutting down a medium sized sycamore and grinding out the stump

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 18:33

Yes, I have several in my borders.  You can even go for the 'patio' type which don't need much room at all, as those can be grown in large pots.  I just make sure nothing 'rampant' is planted too close to them!

Opinions on 'worm tea'?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:50

That would certainly work - worm castings contain good stuff!

Wots This?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:49

Snap pansyface!

Wots This?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:48

Large Elephant hawk-moth I think Dan.

Opinions on 'worm tea'?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:12

Worm tea comes from the bottom of a proper worm composter.  I'm pretty sure that a special kind of worm is used in those, not earthworms.  Edd is our expert on vermiculture although he may be on hiliday at the momemnt.  Have a look at this thread:


Cornflowers for next year

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 15:38

But do collect some seed so you can start them off in trays in spring if nothing comes up or the slugs have the self-sown seedlings.  Belt and braces. 

Silver leaf disease on plum tree

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:08

Silver leaf is usually fatal unfortunately.  All you can do is leave it and it will either die or not.  Apples are not affected and the correct time to prune young apple trees is when they are dormant.  I usually do mine in December.  It's important to prune young fruit trees properly to establish a good shape.  Have a look at the RHS pruning advice, here:


Cherries that look like plums?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:01

No need to feel silly LG - it's a very common question.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:59

And they are completely hardy so no need to bring into polytunnel.  In fact, doing that might reduce cropping as it would certainly limit pollinator access.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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