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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Meconopsis delight

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 22:04

Well onr gurbian, it's no mean feat to grow meconopsis from seed and keep them alive long enough to flower!  I think I'll try one more time..

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 21:59

Artjack & Andy, whatever you do, don't look at the heuchera selection at unless you want to make yourself very poor very quickly!

Spring Bulbs in Pots/Tubs

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 17:11

Hi Dave, any general purpose fertiliser will be fine.  A liquid feed like tomato food would be best as they will only take feed while the leaves are green, and that won't be for much longer.  Once the leaves die back, that's it for this year and you can stop feeding and watering them. 


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:09

I always grow a couple of these.  Like Salino, I don't find the taste particularly outstanding (but it is good.)  I do find they are a very reliable cropper of slightly larger than medium sized fruit which are particularly attractive when sliced in salads as the flesh is very red inside compared to many tomatoes which have red skins but pink flesh.


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:01

Steve, try feeding with suphate of potash.  Lack of Potassium (the K in NPK fertilisers) is vital for plants to develop flowers and fruit and may help if your soil is short on this nutrient.

bulb id

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:46

It's a cereal of some kind, wheat, barley etc, probably from bird seed.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:59

And some close ups of various plants which look good at the mo:

Heuchera "key lime pie":

 Soloman's Seal in flower:

and one of my 3 veg plots.  Near to far: white onion, parsnips, carrots, red onions, broad beans, runner beans, comfrey:



Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:51

Great photo's folks!  Here are some from today:

I replaced the 20 year old timber surrounding a raised bed and extended it last week, also adding a herb bed:


Photo test thread only...

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:37

Yay!  No need to do anything with photos from this camera (CanonA560), unlike my other one, so I'll use this from now on.

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:35

Testing full res 3072x2304



Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 22:29

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39


Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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