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BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Bored of my garden!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 15:08

Hi Claire, your garden is so pretty, I'd be tempted to put effort into doing something with the summerhouse rather than making big changes to your planting which you might later regret.  The summerhouse seems huge and there looks to be plenty of space to replace it with a shed and a greenhouse.  If your OH is good at DIY it may even be possible to make radical alterations by (for instance) building a dividing timber wall down the centre and re-cladding/re-roofing one half with clear twinwall sheeting to turn half of it into a greenhouse. 

Unwieldy rose bush

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 13:01

The blooms at the bottom suggest that the variety isn't shy to produce new shoots from old wood, so I would cut the whole thing back to knee height next spring which should rejuvenate it.

To feed or not to feed ???

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:57

I agree with Dave and also suggest you use a John Innes No3 when you replace the top layer of compost as that formula is designed for permanent container planting. 

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 20:26

Fingers crossed Philippa!

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:46

Love that phrase 'cat-faced' - Purrfect description!   Mine today - just beginning to turn colour.  Every fruit I've ever had from Costoluto Genovese has been 'cat faced':

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57433.jpg?width=350

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57434.jpg?width=350

Great flavour though!

Football season - 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:18

We lost 2-0 away at Chelsea but not by as many as I expected for a newly promoted team.  0-0 after 65 minutes and we gave them a few scares in the 1st half !  Overall, pleased with the performance so far - I think we will be staying up this season which is priority #1, 2 and 3!

Dr Who

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:12

I love all sci-fi so looking forward to it.  Like most Dr Who fans I am usually slow to start liking 'new Doctors' but usually warm to them after a few episodes.

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:06

An updated photo from today:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57430.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I'm cautiously optimistic I may get a crop from them but reckon we need more good weather (particularly higher temps than at present) to be sure.

 

sorry who is this?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:58

The few I've considered ignoring were eventually removed by the mods anyway so I don't bother these days.

Tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:54

I've been eating Sungold for weeks - they are always the first to ripen and last to finish cropping here, so have a permanent place in my planting plans.   Suncherry Premium, too (similar in all respects to Sungold but red.)  All of the others are behind this year despite starting earlier than usual - cold spells early in the growing season are to blame IMO.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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