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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

To pot or not to pot

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 18:58

Can you list the perennials you have germinated Bev?  Each one may need slightly different treatment.  In general, once they have formed true leaves (rather than just the 2 initial seed leaves) you prick them out from the seed tray and place each one into a small pot (7cm, 3 inch) and grow them on, preferably in a cold frame where you can leave them over the winter.  In the spring when they appear again, you can plant them into their final growing positions in the ground.

Meteor showers

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 18:41

Hi Dove, yes - when I remember to check!  It is really bright and fast moving isn't it!  Probably responsible for quite a few 'UFO' sightings..  Here's the link Topbird posted:

and some others:

You have to select your location on here too (see top right) then you can get predictions for the ISS and many other things, too:

This one shows you where the ISS is right now:

Crazy fungus

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 23:11

Yes, slugs love most mushrooms - even those which are poisonous to us.  I agree with others, it's one of the Boletus types.

Meteor showers

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 23:03

I have an all-sky video camera on my observatory roof and a computer detects and records meteors automatically.  It's been out of action for a while but I fixed it recently, so of course it's been cloudy since!  Here's an old sequence from 2010 I uploaded to youtube though:


Pumpkin problem

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 22:54

If the weather has been hot and dry in your area recently, another possibility is spider mite.  Look at the back of the leaves with a magnifying glass in order to see them.  Cobwebs at the growing tips are another sign but are not always present.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:01

In my garden, the preferred order of consumption for rabbits seems to be: flat-leaved parsley, parsnips, carrots then anything/everything else!  Luckily the foxes and owls seem to be on top this year so no rabbits to be seen!

Help !!!

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:24

Rebecca, you can't paste images directly - use the little green tree icon in the toolbar above the reply box to upload them to this site.

August oddities

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 19:16


nutcutlet wrote (see)

Is it as odd as the one I posted yesterday Bob?

No, that fasciated one was both strange and wonderful!  Here's a photo of the "Foxcubglove":

It really is only 15cm tall (see the aquilegia leaves to the left!)

Oak Tree

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:59

Excellent instructions here:


August oddities

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:53

I have a foxglove in flower which has a spike just 6 inches tall.  It doesn't look like it will get any bigger either.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
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