Latest posts by BobTheGardener

The dreaded Weed

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:05

A lot depends on which weeds you have.  Any chance of taking some photos and uploading them here using the camera icon at the top right of the reply box?  If they won't upload, try reducing the size.

ID please

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:01


Old rose bush looks awful, pruning ideas please

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 12:00

The problem is that it hasn't been pruned well and has grown to be too 'leggy' so leaves and flowers are now only high up.  When flowering is over you can cut it back by about a third to half to prevent wind damage over winter.  In about March next year, cut it back to about knee height.  It will grow new stems and be less leggy.


Posted: 18/08/2017 at 11:15

Oops, I meant to say I cut 1 in 3 down after flowering, not in spring!


Posted: 18/08/2017 at 11:04

First step is to identify it - could it be a peace lily (Spathiphyllum Wallisii)?


Posted: 18/08/2017 at 10:46

I cut one in three (the oldest first) of the branches right down to the ground each spring which encourages new shoots from the base.  After 3 years you will have a completely rejuvenated bush and continuing that way will keep it in check without ever losing all of the flowers.

Greenhouse removal/erection

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 10:40

Safety boots, a couple of 10mm spanners, a pair of pliers as the W clips can sometimes be hard to remove and a couple of screwdrivers (flat and philips/pozidrive) in case any extra bits have been screwed on with self-tapping screws.  Be really careful when removing the glass if it is the standard horticultural type as this can easily break into large extremely sharp shards, especially if it is old, so don't stand underneath the glass as it is removed - always do that from above.

What is this?

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 18:19

You are right as it is a datura but a wild form Datura stramonium, commonly known as thorn apple:

Harvest 2017

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 14:30

Funnily enough I've just been looking online for a new one - the (very) old one seems to have the motor running for most of time now so I think the coolant has slowly leaked out and it's likely costing a lot more to run it.  I see it as an opportunity to increase capacity and cut down leccy bill at the same time, so a win-win situation!

Organic seeds

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 14:23

Organic seeds are guaranteed to not have been treated with anything to protect them from pests or help them to germinate, such as being coated with fungicides.  'Normal' seeds may or may not have been treated.  If you want to sell produce labelled 'organic' then you can only do that if you know for certain that the seeds hadn't been treated.

I think that's the only circumstance that I'd worry.

As there would be such a tiny amount of chemical on a treated seed, the amount transferred into the plant would be so small that I doubt it would be measurable.  However, if you believe in holistics (which I don't!) then the smaller the amount of chemicals, the stronger the effect is supposed to be (which makes no logical sense, but there you go.) 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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