Latest posts by BobTheGardener

more mystery plants to be identified

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:21

A, B, C: ?

D: ageratum

E: milkweed

F: fat hen? (weed)


H: looks very much like a potato

I: cornflower

J: candytuft

Removing Concrete from terraced yard

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 12:19
waterbutts wrote (see)

York flag stones are VERY desirable. People sometimes go on holiday and come home to find them gone.

I wish old crazy paving were as desirable!  I'm currently spending my two weeks holiday removing it (originally laid with 'proper' 2" thick broken concrete/granite slabs) from my front garden and will need another holiday to recover!I've already broken the wheelbarrow and had to weld it up last night..

Wot no carrots?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 12:06

It was a late start to the year but everything is catching up just fine now here in the emids.  I'm seeing some unusual combinations of flowers though - still have foxgloves just coming into bud while the delphiniums are in full bloom!  Tomatoes weren't sown until good Friday and are now looking the healthiest they've ever looked in the GH - many fruit but none quite ripe just yet. Brassicas romping away as are the onions.  The carrots and parsnips went in very late so don't expect decent size roots until much later in the year, especially the parsnips - won't start pulling those 'til Christmas morning.


Posted: 10/07/2013 at 21:30

Tomato leaves curling is usually nothing to worry about - it can be caused by extremes of temperature, so make sure all vents and the door is open during the day and closed at night.  Not sure what you mean about the white mist - is this a thin white layer on the top of the compost?

Horticultural Epsom Salts

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 15:00

I don't think there is any difference other than one is approved for human consumption whereas the horticultural grade is not.

Romanesco cauliflower

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:18

I grew them using successional sowings a few years back and found they could take a bit of frost (unlike normal caulis), so worth trying that next time.

HELP. Tomatoe queries

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:13

The toms may make it if you can grow them in a conservatory or on a sunny windowsill indoors, but probably won't have time to ripen outdoors or in a cold greenhouse.  The peas should be fine though.

What is this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:08

With an iPad you have to upload to a different site (eg picasa) and use 'external link' in the upload dialog after clicking the little tree.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:03

1 & 8 look like night scented stock to me (easy to tell - powerful fragrance in the evening.) 

4: poppies (in foreground)

5: lupin (in need of tlc!)

7: don't know but want one!

10: possibly a dwarf dahlia (or a weed!)




Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:54

Potted trees can be planted at any time of the year, but for those in the ground wait until late autumn when the leaves drop and it goes dormant for the winter before moving them.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Planted many years ago 
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Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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On Freeview/Sky 
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