Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Garlic varieties?

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 10:57

If you don't mind a milder garlic taste, the largest possible cloves come from Elephant garlic.  I'm harvesting mine now which were planted last autumn and each individual clove is as big a whole bulb of a normal garlic.

Last edited: 07 August 2016 10:58:19

Can anyone help identify this "berry" tree?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 18:17

Agree with crab-apple.  Some trees produce berry-sized fruit.  See if you can find it here:

Last edited: 06 August 2016 18:19:15

too late for swede?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 15:37

Agree, they need a long growing season.  You have time to sow beetroot, chinese and winter cabbage and I've had crops of kholrabbi when sown this late.

Pruning a wisteria

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 15:27

If it's grafted, it looks to be just above soil level.  If you want to train it up wires attached to the wall, I would prune it where the straight red lines are, below.  This will remove the section which is growing away from the wall (and which already may be damaged where the red circle is) and leaves a couple of branches, one of which will become the new main stem.  The growth along the soil at the bottom may be from below the graft so remove that too.

The great man

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:47

I would go so far as to say he's the reason I became interested in gardening in the first place.

Loads of tomatoes but very slow in ripening

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:39

I've been harvesting the 'sun' series (sungold, suncherry, sunpeach, sunlemon, sunchocola) and Gardener's ecstasy for a few weeks from my cold GH in Leics but only have one of my larger fruited types ripen, a Cuor di bue.  As already said, plenty of time left though.

Butterfly and Dragonfly IDs

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:24

I think you're right.  The only other one it might be is Red-veined darter but I can't tell if there are red veins on the leading edge of the wings from the photo.

Apple tree not faring too well

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 22:11

Can you post a photo at all, Lisa?  If not, let us know if there are a lot of fast-growing vertical shoots which have appeared since the pruning.

Dragonfly ID

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 21:44

I think that's a female Common Darter nut (and another superb photo!)

Dahlia help required

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 21:38

It might be a nutrient deficiency.  Try a general foliar feed which contains Iron, Magnesium and micronutrients for a quick fix.  Epsom salts also always worth a go as magnesium deficiency is common.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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