Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Flower Identification Request

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:57

They look like arctotis.

What is this?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:55

Like nut, we need to know size and where it was found.  If small (eg 5mm) and on the soil surface then it's likely rabbit dung.


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 21:08

I find they usually take at least 2 or 3 weeks to germinate in a cold greenhouse and longer if in the ground, especially if there's a cold spell.  I think there's hope yet. 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 20:50

I've hedged my bets and started 20 off 2 weeks ago which will go out tomorrow and be protected best I can through any cold spells.  The other 20 were sown today and will go out in about 2 to 3 weeks.  If they all do ok, I'll just pick the beans when they are smaller and tastier! 

Tomato accident

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:42

ps, there is a suitable shoot just below the break.  I would also cleanly cut off that damaged top with a sharp knife to help prevent disease entering.

Tomato accident

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:35

Let one of the side shoots develop rather than pinching it out and that will become the new main stem.

plant ID please

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:33

Are you thinking of opium poppies Nanny?  Oriental (perennial) poppies have green and often hairy leaves.  There are nearly 800 species of plants we call poppies so it's never easy to identify one!

Manure Problem

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 14:21

Yep, fine for turnips (which are brassicas anyway) but avoid planting carrots or parsnips there this year (next year will be fine) as those will fork in freshly manured soil.

Compost and Tomatoes

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 13:14

It'll be fine Chris, tomatoes will grow in just about anything.  Just feed them with a liquid tomato feed like tomorite once the first tiny tomatoes appear as the nutrients in commercial composts don't last long.  You can use the same feed on the sunflowers.

Manure Problem

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 12:37

Looks pretty well rotted to me, sea17 and I'd have no worries planting brassicas into the ground you dug it into.  If it smells like earth and not dung then it'll be fine.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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