Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tomato Leaf problem - not blight??

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 18:56

Me too.  It's best to assiduously avoid getting water on tomato leaves as it can cause this.  As well as the droplets acting like little magnifying lenses, they help fungal spores to take hold and cause infection, something which tomatoes are very prone to.

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 18:56

The sets use all of the stored energy in them to grow roots and shoots so often shrink, Tomsk.  Once that is done the bulbs will begin to build up again.  Absolutely normal growth pattern there.

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 18:44

Here are a few of mine including some little species tulips:

Crack in bark of new branch?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 18:35

A crack just in the bark will heal itself in no time so just tie it in and I'm sure all will be well.

Am I a weed?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 22:21

Looks like it might be Nigella.

Climbing French Beans .

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 21:53

Same here raisingirl, one or the other usually does ok if the weather doesn't suit one of them.  Like scroggin, I do half and half outdoors and usually grow some borlotti beans in the polytunnel too which almost guarantees some beans, whatever the weather decides to throw at us!

Improving soil

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 21:09

Sorry Katrina, that should have ended 'manure, compost and grit'!

Sweet Peas In Pots .

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:31

They should do well in a nice deep pot like that, Terry.  They are quite greedy so I would use 2/3rds garden soil mixed with 1/3rd well rotted manure.

Improving soil

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:28

If you can get hold of well-rotted manure (which will be black, crumbly and have no bad smell), that would be ideal.  Otherwise, add compost and fine grit.  Clay is full of nutrients so makes a good soil once the structure and drainage is improved by the addition of manure, clay and grit.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:03

Another lovely day and lots of work done.

Four rows of potatoes planted and 40 broad bean plants in.  I'm trying a new method (for me) and planted the broad beans in the gaps between the rows of potatoes, with the idea being that the beans will be finished by the time the potato haulms get tall.  Some say the bean roots also help supply some nitrogen for the spuds, but we'll see.  The beans have been grown in root trainers and I'm really impressed with the result - healthy roots about 8 inches long so I'll be using them for my runners this year, too, to avoid the usual problem with the roots going round and round in the bottom of the pots.

Potted up 30 Bishop's Children dahlias which were sown a few weeks ago in a deep tray and are all about 4-5 inches tall now.  Boy, do they grow fast!

Finally, planted the squash seeds in modules on the heated bench.

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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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

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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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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