BobTheGardener


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Anyone brave enough to plant out runner beans yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:06

Sowed mine in pots yesterday, same date as I do every year.  If it works..

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:02

Two rows of onions gone in today.  Also found a pack of ten strawberries on the shed floor - was just about to complain they they had forgotten to include that variety (Mara des bois) in the delivery!

3 week old dahlia tubers not changed

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:41

I take it they are outside C3k.  It's not warm enough outdoors for them to get going yet.  Bring them inside if you can and you should see signs of life in a week or two.

Dahlias are really tropical plants so hate the cold and wet of our British climate.  We can only grow them because they are really fast growers so can actually be grown from seed to bloom in about 5 months.

Canker or not?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:31

Canker spores are airborne or carried by insects so not much you can do other than to prune at the correct times with sharp secateurs and clean the blades after each cut (disinfectant wipes are excellent for this.)   Make sure you feed your trees regularly as  trees which are growing well are far less likely to catch diseases.

No blossom

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:23

Same here but I know the reason in my case - squirrels have eaten all of the blossom buds.  Some birds will also do this, particularly woodpigeons and bullfinches.

Plant ID needed

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 13:35

Didn't spot the serrations so not so sure what it is now.

Canker or not?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 13:29

Looks like canker to me.  The ants are after sap which will be leaking as it would from any wound but they won't cause any problems themselves.  The tree will eventually die but it may last several years before it succumbs so I would enjoy it until it starts to look unhealthy and then replace it.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 20:27

Pretty good day here, following yesterday's sleet and hail!  Planted a row of maincrop spuds, sowed two dozen squash in pots, potted on the same number tomatoes, sowed dahlia, night scented stock and lettuces.  Sowed 30 runners and 15 climbing beans in pots.   Also some weeding and pulling-up of self-sown forget-me-not which I let grow as ground cover until it gets a bit rampant and starts swamping things.

Plant ID please

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:18

2) Night scented stock I think.

Plant ID needed

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:53

I agree fb - they get everywhere here - don't think I have a single pot which hasn't had a willowherb in it at some stage!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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
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