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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Japanese beetle

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:34

Where are you Gillian, in the US?  Japanese beetle hasn't reached the shores of the UK in any significant numbers so most here won't have any experience with it.

Root rot

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:29

The chances are the weigela just didn't survive the transplant and died, after which the fungus took hold.  Waterlogging will kill most shrubs until they are well established, so that could have been the problem in a clay soil, especially as you mentioned sodden roots. By digging a hole in clay you can actually make things worse and create a sump into which the water from the surrounding clay will run.

Only a very, very few fungi attack living plants (Honey fugus being the most common.)  If you remove the stump, dig the area over well and add plenty of good stuff like well-rotted farmyard manure and home-made compost as well as a lot of grit, you should be able to plant just about anything.  The fungus isn't something to worry about.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 18:57

Carrots and parsnips sown in the raised beds, another 15 broad beans in small pots sown.  Fair bit of weeding - they're growing fast now!  Noticed my verbascums have finally germinated, as have the seeds from a Japanese quince fruit which I left on the plant all winter before sowing them a couple of weeks ago.

Bamboo poles preservation

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 14:51

I painted some with a good quality fence paint about 10 years ago.  The canes did last considerably longer (I still have some of those) but the bit in the ground still rotted so they just got shorter over time.

stock can i propagate ?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 12:01

Hi Aliesh, 'Pillow talk' is a Matthiola incana and is classified as a short-lived perennial, but is usually grown as a biennial now.  If will probably die after this year, but may struggle on for a while but will get leggier and leggier each year - that is normal.  As far as I know you can only propagate it from seed.  If you buy and sow seed now, the plants should flower next year.  If you save seed after it flowers this year, it will be 2 years before plants grown from those seeds will flower.

You can try what is suggested above though - nothing to lose!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 21:09

Here's a great pdf for selecting crab apples Patsy:


carrots and parsnips

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 20:34

Personally, I leave veg plots which have had manure added for a year before growing those two (part of my crop rotation plan) as they will fork if grown in it this season.  Brassicas or potatoes will love it though. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:43

Non-stop drizzling rain all day here so potted-on some year old dierama I grew from seed - 10 Slieve Donard and 10 hybrids.  Also repotted a couple of lovely heucheras which came as plugs last autumn.  Sowed 6 melons and 4 more squash on the heated bench I made about 18 months ago.


Posted: 03/04/2015 at 13:11

Vine weevil adults are emerging at the moment, but they usually nibble the edges of leaves.  How big are these holes?

Another possibility is delphinium moth caterpillars:


Pest ID please

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 13:05

They look like leatherjackets (cranefly larvae) to me:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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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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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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