Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Chili Leaf Problem

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:04

As far as I can recall, they just "grew out of it" and later, larger leaves higher up the plants weren't affected.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:04

I do it like nut.  Some tree seeds can take several years to germinate.  Sometimes they need 2 or more warm/cold cycles of several months each and there may be growth inhibitor in the seed casing which the rain will eventually wash out if the pots are left outside.  Basically, patience is the key (like lots of other things when it comes to gardening!)

Hello from a newbie

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:55

Hi Jennie and welcome.  As SGL said, those raised beds look fab!

Chili Leaf Problem

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:38

Ommthree, I had that on a few of my peppers and chilis last year but it didn't seem to harm them or affect cropping.  Closer inspection with a magnifying glass showed that whatever it was was part of the plant and not a pest or fungus, so I suspect it may be a genetic aberration, or a reaction from the plant against something (ie the plant's immune system.)  Sorry I can't be of more help but if I see it again this year I'm not going to worry about it but will still look very closely as anything grown under glass can be affected by spider mite which are too small to see by eye.

planting out delphs and foxgloves

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:55

I agree with Hostafan1, but do watch out for slugs which just love them (delphiniums that is)!

Tree Saws

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:47

Depends on how big but I use a bow saw for anything over 2" diameter:

and a pruning saw for smaller stuff:

 (random web images)

The pruning saw can get into shrubs when you just want to remove (say) a few older stems.

Help to ID plant or weed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:39

The first one is Herb Robert, quite a pretty weed but does seed everywhere and the second is creeping buttercup which is a thug, so you did the right thing and I would get the buttercup out asap!

starting a cottage garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:33

The Geoff Hamilton BBC Collection (which includes his take on cottage gardens) is still available on DVD from Amazon for just £8 and comes highly recommended by many folk on the forum:


Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 16:34

I'd leave the tulips and aquilegia as they won't take kindly to being moved at this time of the year.  The aquilegia might be a self-sown one and many of those aren't too attractive so wait 'til it flowers which won't be long and pull-up if you don't like it, or move after flowering.  Best to dig the tulip bulbs up after the leaves die-back naturally in a few months.

The bluebell might well be a self-sown spanish one (which can be thugs) so I'd probably just sacrifice it.

Yes, move the pulmonaria after flowering - if you take the whole clump with plenty of soil left on the roots it should transplant well.

Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:18

#1 Might be tulips.  There's an aquilegia growing behind them.

#2 Probably a bluebell

#3 looks like pulmonaria.  The small plants growing around the area with the small leaves look like goose grass - a rapidly growing weed so you probably want to pull those up asap.



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