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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Parsnip problems!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 18:36

Could be any of the above, with too rich a soil being high on my list of suspects.  Parsnips definitely need to be sown in-situ and will deform like those in the photo if transplanted from seed trays etc., as Mark says.  I would never buy root crops in plug form for that reason.

When I grow them in raised beds, it's in a 50/50 mixture of sharp sand and multi-purpose compost with fish, blood and bone fertiliser tickled into the surface a few weeks after they have started growing strongly.  That method has never failed me yet (perfect for carrots, too.)

plum tree or pear tree?!

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 01:51

I agree, pear trees can be rather picky and are prone to disease so I would opt for a plum.  One of the best is 'Victoria' which would be quite appropriate for you, Victoria!

Help - what animals are in my peace lily?

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 01:48

They are the coverings from the seeds which fall from the flowers so nothing to worry about at all.  The actuals seeds are black in colour.  See this photo:

Tree help

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 17:30

I'd also certainly have that felled as it looks dangerously off-balance to me and could come down in a gale.  Look at it as a chance to plant a new tree (or three!)

fragrant flowers

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 21:30

One of the prettiest is the easy to grow Petunia.  The trailing 'Surfinia' varieties are widely available as plugs or you can grow from seed if you want a bit more of a challange.  They smell wonderful and give excellent displays in pots or hanging baskets etc.

Night stock (Matthiola bicornis) is possibly the most fragrant plant which is easy from seed but is rather bland looking.

One of my favourites from seed is Zaluzianskya capensis which open in the evening and release a magnificent and unique scent.

Happy New Year

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 00:06

Happy New Year everyone!


Seamless/tightly butted patio joints - how to grout?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 14:51

Greg, you can get kiln-dried fine sand for just that purpose and simply brush it in when the weather is dry.  Here a link to the Wickes version:


Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 12:43

Hi Pauline, peas can be a bit disappointing crop wise, often even when grown in the ground.  If you like climbing (French) beans, you may well get a more useable crop when grown in pots.  Even if not, the flowers are very pretty and come in various shades including red, white and purple.  The Victorians used to grow beans purely for the flowers and it is only in more recent times that we started to grow them mainly as a food crop.

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:08

Super sunset and sunrise photos everyone.  KEF, I suspect you are right about moisture levels - may be related to 'lake effect' which is oft used in reports from the US and Canada.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:00

You might well be right KEF - Cornwall is so much like another country it may as well be one (which many Cornish folk say it is anyway!) 

Hoariest frost yet here last night - will try and take some photo's.

Put an extra feeder up yesterday, so now two with just sunflower seeds and two with mixed seed plus a fatball holder and the birdtable.  So far this morning (watching via video camera), the bluetits seem to have claimed one of the sunflower feeders and the coaltits have bagsied the other - exclusively as far as I can tell.  The blackbird still 'owns' the birdtable but the robin is overseer and owns everything when he is around - busy little begger!


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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
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