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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:25

Edd's right - I would plunge the whole pot in a bucket of water for 30 minutes or so every few days until they have gone.  The ants may have excavated a nest inside the pot.

Fertilizing... Please help as it's driving me mad!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:17

Hi Craigh, FB&B is long-lasting, so you only really need to use it once a year (apply as recommended  on the packet) , although most of us will add a little to the planting hole when something new goes in.  I started serious gardening in my mid-20s as an escape from technology (my work) but it has proven to be relaxing, exciting, keeps me fit and provides the tastiest fruit and veg I have ever eaten - what's not to like!

Fertilizing... Please help as it's driving me mad!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 21:35

Well rotted horse manure would certainly be the best overall and you would normally spread that on flower beds and shrubs in early spring.  Put it on veg. beds in the autumn.  However, fish, blood and bone fertiliser is an excellent slow-release organic fertiliser which you just need to tickle-in to the surface with a small rake, hoe or similar andis usually added in spring.

If you have clay or sandy soil, then a top-dressing of well-rotted manure will improve the soil structure as worms will pull it down into the soil.  If you are lucky enough to have a good loamy soil then F,B & B will be enough but adding manure is good for any type of soil.

Growing carrots in a container

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:01

If you stand the box on a few bricks etc, you'll also have a better chance of avoiding carrot fly which allegedly only fly 18 inches high.  For the last few years I've very successfully grown carrots in raised wooden planters for that very reason and the days of my carrot crops being totally devastated by carrot fly are becoming a distant memory!   Works for parsnips too, but those need a deeper box - mine is 24" deep.

Sorry, another ID please!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:52

Agree with foxglove.

Growing fruit and veg in desert conditions

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:52

If you like cherry sized tomatoes, Sungold is hard to beat for flavour and is a strong grower, so should do well there.  However, I think you're on to a loser with strawberries as I'm pretty sure they require a cold spell and as their best crops come in years 2 and 3, you will have a serious problem in keeping them alive over the summer.  Water melons might be worth a shot though.

can anyone tell me what layed these

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:38

If you blow the image up, you can see the gelatinous coating on the ones which were covered by leaves/debris, which Valerie mentioned.  That's why i guessed at slug eggs.


Reducing a tree stump below ground

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:49

A stump grinder is usually used for this.  You can hire them from about 70 quid upwards for 1 day.  It might be cheaper to get someone in to do it, but do take care if you tackle it yourself as they are highly dangerous machines.

Identify this please!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:40

Depends on the operating system - some iPads work and some don't.  Hopefully someone with a working iPad will chime in and tell us what version of the OS they are using..

Blind Daffodils

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:34

The other thing to do is mow them and plant new bulbs in the autumn - they are incredibly cheap (think mine were about a quid for 50 from the supermartket!)  You are almost guaranteed flowers then!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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How id your garden looking 
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