Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Plant ID

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:51

Good choice, DYL.  It looks good in a field hedgerow (the red berries can be spectacular) but really isn't a plant I'd want in my garden.

Queen bees

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:15

The nests of mining bees are quite small.   See if you can identify the species to gain more information:

Plant ID

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:01

It's white bryony:

Brussels Sprouts and Greyhound Cabbages

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 16:21

Also plant them deep, right up to the first leaves and firm them in well - that is especially important for the brussels to help prevent wind rock which damages the roots so often leads to poor crops or 'blown' sprouts.  Brassicas are not the easiest crops (especially cauliflower and brussels) so good luck from me too.

Mulch bark - when to put it down?

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:57

Andy, you can put mulch down at any time except when the ground is very dry.  I would advise waiting until all the planting is done though as planting through a bark mulch is a bit of a faff.

Last edited: 20 May 2017 14:58:35


Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:47

lizgow, just to let you know my 'Lucky Red' (aka 'Red Lucky' it seems!) have finally started to show signs of life - the buds are now swelling noticably and a leaf has appeared from the largest bud.  How are yours getting on?

Last edited: 20 May 2017 14:48:08

Queen bees

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:36

Great to know you still have plenty of bees and have found a nest!   I have quite a few bird boxes and was delighted to find one of them had been chosen as a bumble bee nest a year or two ago.

Even better to know that you don't use any chemicals in the garden like the majority of other folk here.

Since I stopped using insecticides several years ago the amount of wildlife has increased tremendously and I now often see several kinds of birds devouring aphids from my clematis, roses and other plants which helps keep them in check.  Nature has achieved balance all by itself!


Queen bees

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 13:07

They might just be bumble bee workers which don't live very long.  Queens don't tend to leave the nest once they have laid eggs.  Have a look at this link:


Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:35

More reasons to suspect that London isn't actually part of the rest of the UK then!

Clematis spider

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:32

Spiders are carnivores and don't eat plants.  They eat insects so are a friend in the garden.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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