Latest posts by BobTheGardener

cape goosberry

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:31

Sounds likely to me, nut.

Pesky squirrels

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:29

If using a trap, you want the Kania 2000 which kills them instantly by breaking their neck with a very powerful spring loaded mechanism.  You are also required (by UK law) to fit a restricting tunnel to the trap so that other creatures cannot enter and that aspect can be helped by mounting it off the ground (eg part way up the trunk of a tree they are known to use.)  This one works.

Hoggie vs the Monster Worm

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:15

Parsnip problems

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 18:34

Were the sown in situ?  They come out like that if transplanted, otherwise it'll be the soil being a bit too rich.

New greenhouse where to position Louvre's

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 19:01

I'd put one in the end opposite the door and one half way along the side which receives the least sun.

Adding thick layer of top soil and seed over old grass/moss to level lawn

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 18:59

As long as you don't have a bad perennial weed problem such as dandelions (which will grow through over a foot of soil covering them), it will work.  The buried grass will die and eventually rot down providing some nutrients for the new layer of grass above.

Onion Harvest

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 18:50

Perhaps your garage just gets too warm for good storage?  Like most fruit and veg, onions need to be stored cool once hrvested and dried.

Losing Immature Pumpkins

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 18:48

Here's a possible answer for you:  When I removed some unopened flowers to cover with tempura before deep frying them, I left them on the worksurface for a while and noticed lots of pollen beetles had come out of them.  These beetles are tiny and obviously crawled their way inside the closed flowers.  Pollen beetles don't just eat pollen, they can act as pollinators.

Too late for pumpkins?

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 18:54

I agree with the others.  If you don't have any room on your compost heap to grow them, mix as much well rotted manure into the soil as you can and cover it with some black plastic sheet, then plant them through a hole in that.  The sheet will keep the roots much warmer than in open ground and pumpkins love having warm roots.

Weed ID please

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:10

try reducing the size of the photo - that usually works.

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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