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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Melons and cucumbers

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:51

See the the 'How To' section on this very site Kay:


Are there any conifer experts who can help?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:42

I'm not an expert but it does look like a bit like Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria.)

Blueberry Bush Pests

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 20:06

It sounds like scale insects.  As this on an edible fruit bush, you need to be careful about what you spray it with.  The RHS advice is here:

"Sprays based on natural substances include fatty acids (e.g. Bayer Organic Pest Control or Doff Greenfly and Blackfly Killer ) or plant oils and extracts (e.g. Growing Success Fruit & Veg Bug Killer, Bug Clear for Fruit & Veg and Vitax Organic 2 in 1 Pest & Disease Control). These pesticides have very little persistence and so may need several applications during the scale's egg-hatching period, but they can be used on fruit trees and bushes"

What have I got

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 19:29

Not sure about chokeberry (Ariona) as the flowers and fruit are more bunched - here's a pic of one of mine:

 It might be one though or something closely related as the leaves do turn to fantastic orange & red shades in the Autumn.

Growing lillies.

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 00:26

Only the adult beetles overwinter and not eggs or larvae so there is little to be gained by changing the compost other than giving the lily bulbs extra food.  If there are any in your old compost they will just crawl or fly out when you put it in your dalek.  I've found adult beetles this winter in parts of my garden which are far away from any lillies! 

Constant vigilence is our only real defence Zoomer.

Small cucumbers. And pumpkins.

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 20:06

An excellent small pumpkin is 'Summer ball' which only grow to 5 or 6 inches diameter but are prolific and the plants are compact, so much so that they grow fine in large (16 inch) pots, if you keep up with the watering.

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:20

MrsGarden, you are really meant to put the label next to the plant rather than keep them stored separately.

I agree with nut that this is almost certainly a tree which would have grown from a seed blown in by the wind or deposited courtesy of a bird dropping.


Posted: 19/04/2015 at 12:57

Lyn, for most Daphnes a sheltered position in humus-rich, slightly alkaline soil is best, which sounds like exactly the opposite to your site, so I would go or something else to avoid disappointment!


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:53

I had aphids on the growing tips of my several of my young Scot's Pines and the only thing that worked was Provado (I tried several 'organic' remedies, including everything mentioned here.)  I don't normally use insecticides but as there is zero danger to bees and other pollinators from careful use of a systemic insecticide on conifers (because all conifers are pollinated by wind), I relented in this case and cleared the problem in one application.

New here. 😊

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:44

Hi Wonky from Dove from Above! Welcome to Terry, too.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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