Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 11:34

Well, now sitting here with no electricity as eon came to fit a smart meter and found the main fuse was damaged and can't replace it, so now waiting for western power to come and fit a new one!  I'll then have to make another appointment to get the new meter fitted!😩

Good job I have a mobile phone but need tea!

Malformed parsnips?

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 10:18

If that foilage is from the same thing, it's a carrot and not a parsnip..

Green waste bin smothered in white bugs

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 21:25

It looks like it has 8 legs which would make it a mite rather than an insect but can't help further than that.


Posted: 13/08/2017 at 18:28

You can also get ant nematodes which you water on to the area.  They don't kill the ants but they will move their nests out of treated areas.

Tips for making my garden easier to maintain- please

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 17:58

You can reduce the amount of weeding you need to do by not leaving any bare soil.  Of course, that means planting more things!  You can use things like heucheras and dianthus for evergreen groundcover and there are a several types of variegated euonymus which are slow growers so don't need trimming to give you some evergreen shrubbery.  Just a few ideas but there are lots more suitable plants which don't need a lot of looking after.

S.O.S What is this Tree!?!? HELP! Please!!!

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 17:48

Tamarix would be my guess, too.

Last edited: 13 August 2017 17:48:50

Tomatoes Problem

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 17:46

Great news about your tomato crop!  I only remove lower leaves when they start to go yellow so are no longer feeding the plant, or if they look diseased.

Tomatoes Problem

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 16:49

They are called adventitious roots and are nothing to worry about.  If the stem fell on the ground as they would do in their natural environment, they would root into the ground.  Best leave them be as cutting them just opens a wound which could become infected.

Adventitious roots can form when humidity is high or if the plants are stressed in some way.

Sweet peas with mildew, can I use peas?

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 15:51

The seeds should be fine but let them ripen (pods will turn brown and crispy) before collecting them.  If you collect the pods while still green, the seeds will not be properly developed.

Indolent Aubergines...

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 10:40

I bought 3 grafted aubergine plants this year and they've done exceptionally well, so much so that I don't think I'll bother with seeds again.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

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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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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