Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Cucumber plants yellow patches on leaves

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:54

Looks like a bit of leaf scorch caused by water droplets on the leaves magnifying the sunlight.  I don't think it's anything to worry about and the younger leaves look perfect.

Which tool?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:48

If they're only an inch thick, a jigsaw would make prettly light work of it.  If you let it cut rather than pushing it hard the vibration would be kept to a minimum and you'll get a nice clean cut.  A chainsaw would do it in seconds but the vibration would be severe and the cut ends would be messy.

Chilli plants fruiting

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:44

I've always left mine to do their own thing but In do grow a lot of plants so not so concerned about how tall and bushy the plants get.  Perhaps experiment and remove from some but not others?

Cutting raspberries back?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:35

I've done that in the past but the autumn crop is much reduced and sometimes the new canes which appear in spring don't fruit in the autumn as they should.  If you also have summer fruiting types nearby it gets inceasingly difficult to see what is what so I went back to 'standard practice'.

Preventing birds eating strawberries

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:27

And wire netting will also work against grey squirrels (if you have them) who simply chew through standard bird netting.

can anyone id this, please?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:13

It's the weed Chenopodium album commonly called goosefoot or fat-hen.  It is edible but don't let it seed or you will have it in your garden forever!

Ants are farming aphids on my apple tree!

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:45

The vaseline band need to be about 3 inches wide and about 1/4" thick, or you can buy grease bands instead Wonky.  You also need to make sure there is no other route to the tree such as a tall growing plant near it, otherwise they *will* find the alternative route!  One year I put the grease band below where the trunk was tied to the stake - duh!

Last edited: 28 May 2016 10:45:59

Newly planted tree dying, help!

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:31

Janey, I grow young Scots Pines from seed which are closely related and they do lose needles near the trunk at this time of the year so I think it is perfectly normal.  However, the advice given above is sound and worth following. 

ID please

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:25

There are only 3 different shrubs there Muddle-up, with 2 photos of each.

1) is variagated Weigelia
2) is Viburnum
3) don't recognize

Last edited: 28 May 2016 10:25:50

New Strawberries

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 18:50

They'll love that as a growing medium yarrow2 and are looking very healthy.  They now need as much sun as possible and regular watering.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

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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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


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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