Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Ideas for an Unheated Greenhouse

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 16:38

How about some of the more unusual varieties of pelargonium?  They certainly fulfil the long flowering requirement and as long as you keep them dry over winter can stand a bit of frost (although the tops will obviously die off.)

No flowers on my Cosmos !!

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 17:52

I'm growing dwarf variety Sonata mixed from seed this year which are just starting to flower.  They are 3ft tall though (supposed to be 2ft) but at least they are dwarf compared to the ones I grew last time, which were 5-6ft tall monsters!

Committing an Illegal Act of Tree Preservation

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 16:50

If you wear a coverall of some type, nobody is even likely to notice and certainly not ask what you are doing!

Accidental greengage

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 16:22

Even the OH likes them and she doesn't particulary like plums in general, so it's a winner!

As a further bonus, I just looked at their website and the gage is £10 more so that makes up for the dodgy plants they've sent me in the past (you can probably guess who that supplier is now..)


Posted: 29/07/2017 at 16:16

Looks more like Japanese so you may want to revise your order, Dave.

Accidental greengage

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:05

Hi all, I've been patiently waiting for the Opal plum tree I planted 3 years ago to give me some plums and this year it did set fruit but they seemed to be taking an age to ripen and turn red.  Well, I just noticed some had turned from green to a yellow-green and felt softer so picked and tasted one.  It was ripe!  I'm now pretty sure I was supplied with a gage (probably Reine Claude) instead of plum 'Opal' but am more than happy as they are absolutely gorgeous!

Is this a weed?

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:27

It's perennial (or everlasting) pea, Lathyrus latifolius.  They come back every year.  Keep it if you like it or cut it down if you don't.  They can get a bit messy and climb all over other plants and shrubs but I'd sooner have one than not.

Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:17

You could consider putting a land drain in the bottom, but only if you have somewhere suitable to drain it to.  Your clay may still drain slowly though - try digging a bucket-sized hole in the clay, filling it with a bucket of water and seeing how long it takes to drain.  If it takes less than 1/2 a day then you can probably just add grit etc and get away with it.

Allotment rotation

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:12

In my experience, you can never quite stick to the plan Connie and some sections will need to have the same type of crop for 2 years on the bounce.  If you need to do that, then do it with legumes (peas, beans etc.) as those don't generally suffer from soil-based issues and can be grown in the same place for several seasons without problems.

Allotment rotation

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:35

The RHS have an excellent explanation and guide to 3 and 4 year crop rotation (use 3 if three main beds, 4 if four main beds):

Last edited: 29 July 2017 11:36:16

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

Replies: 4    Views: 227
Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
Replies: 4    Views: 244
Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
Replies: 11    Views: 397
Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
Replies: 12    Views: 396
Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
Replies: 1    Views: 286
Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
Replies: 4    Views: 471
Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
Replies: 1    Views: 275
Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
Replies: 4    Views: 389
Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
Replies: 37    Views: 1803
Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
Replies: 69    Views: 9043
Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

Gardener's World about to start now!

Replies: 16    Views: 1108
Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
Replies: 3    Views: 619
Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 695
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1644
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 1313
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00
1 to 15 of 44 threads