Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 10:31

Mine is 'cottagey', so anything goes colour-wise, but the main long borders are east-facing against tall fences or tall hedges, so more thought goes into giving each plant/shrub suitable growing conditions than the colour scheme;  If the plant is happy, so am I and I think there is nothing which catches the eye more than a struggling, sick or generally unhappy plant and that detracts from everything else in the area.  I do group plants though and try to put tall stuff at the back and short at the front, which is usually as far as I go with respect to design.  

Leaf curl

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:59

Just in case anyone is thinking of getting a Peach tree, Avalon Pride show excellent resistance to peach leaf curl.  I only have to remove a dozen or so leaves each year and it produces excellently flavoured, very juicy, 'shop-size' peaches.

cottage garden

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:49

I have always struggled with rudbeckia, echinaceas, galliardia and the like on my much-improved clay soil.  Those are all finicky plants and simply don't like growing in some areas, especially if it's somewhere with a lot of winter wet and/or a frost-hollow.  However, there are plants which will give you equally gorgeous blooms such as dahlias (as long as you lift them in winter),  delphiniums (both perennial and annual types), foxgloves etc.  Another 'trick' is to grow young plants on in large 2-3 litre pots for a year or two before planting them out.  Large mature plants fare much better in less-than-ideal conditions than small ones.

Identify Plants

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:29
Voyagerxp wrote (see)

I've been having problems with my pics not zooming, don't know why.


Keep them under 1MB in size and they should zoom OK.

problems with keyboard

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 19:11

Try clearing your browser cache.  That helps with most devices when you get this sort of problem, whatever they are.  If you don't know how to do it on a Kindle Fire:


Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 19:03

Gardener's Delight are one of the best flavoured of the older varieties, so you should be in for a pleasant surprise.   Modern hybrid cherry-sized varieties like Sungold are sweeter and have more flavour too, but the seeds won't come true if you save them.

My top-tip for flavour is to avoid over-watering and over-feeding.  As our resident tomato expert Italiophile says, give them 'tough love' and they'll reward you!

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 19:32

Nope, but it's worth severing the runners, effectively giving you separate clumps of canes, as once a plant gets a virus (usually transmitted by aphids), the virus can travel along the runners.  I have kept some autumn bliss from the original stock I got about 25 years ago by digging-up 'rougue' runners and replanting where I wanted them.

dividing & moving old Forsythia

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 18:39

Yes, the roots are pretty tough and go deep - I had one which popped-up the other side of a wall which had a 3ft drop on the other side!  The good news is that I now enjoy the flowers from the remaining bit which is growing in the tennis court's land and not in my border!

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 18:36

Your call Bf!  Some varieties seem to run much more than others but they are shallow rooted so pretty easy to dig-up until they get into an established border, so just keep your eye on which direction they seem to be going!

dividing & moving old Forsythia

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 18:25

I think you would be better off by taking cuttings - normally done in June, but worth trying now.  You want the top 6" from the shoots, put in a 50/50 mixture of compost/grit and cover with a plastic bag or plastic bottle with the bottom cut off.  Leave somewhere warm but out of direct sunlight. 

Edit: just seen BO's reply - that would also work if any stems have roots.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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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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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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