Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pods on my magnolia tree

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 01:28

Those are definitely scale insects Heather.

Runner beans

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 17:00

It's normal and happens to older pods.  Ideally, you would pick them before they start to get any purple on them as the older the pod the more stringy it will be.

Tall raspberry canes

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:39

In a word, yes.  Sideshoots form from the old leaf joints of summer fruiting varieties in the spring and it is those side shoots which will flower and produce fruit, so losing a couple of feet from the top won't result in the loss of much potential crop.

Cutting them back to 6ft will also help protect them from wind damage over the winter.

Raspberry problems

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:30

I suspect that the non-fruiting clump is actually a summer fruiting variety rather than Autumn Bliss.  That could have happened after a mix up at the nursery or could even be a natural 'sport'.  Try not cutting that particular clump back when you do the rest in February and you should get a crop in early summer.

Anyone recognise this perennial?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:16

I'm a bit stumped too.  Do the leaves have any smell when you rub them?

Christmas Tree for Outside

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 20:01

Have a look at the RHS advice, MayLane:

at the bottom is a list of different types of tree which are commonly used as Christmas trees.  Search for each cultivar as "pot grown" and you should find lots to choose from.

How to join section of netting to make one large net?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 19:41

Hi Max, got mine from screwix which is handy if you have a local one but googling "100 x 2.5mm cable ties" gets them cheaper (watch the delivery charges though!)

I overlapped the sections of netting by about 2" as you can use fewer ties that way.

As far as butterflys getting in goes, they will find any holes large enough (commercial butterfly netting has holes of 7mm or less) - I've watched them fly around and around every section of my nets looking for a way in! They'll also lay eggs through the netting if any brassica leaves are touching it.

How to join section of netting to make one large net?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:55

Small cable ties work well - I use 100 x 2.5mm (pack of 100 costs about 70p.)  The problem with stitching is that you need to keep tieing it off.

mouse/rat in the garden

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:46

As Pansyface says, it's all too easy to cause unnecessary suffering (this breaking the law) when using 'humane' traps.

Last edited: 22 August 2016 18:46:47

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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Watering dried-out pots

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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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