Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fungus identification and solution

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 22:20

Nearly all fungus is beneficial and is the only thing which can break down dead woody matter in the soil into nutrients which plants can use, so is generally nothing to worry about.  The few fungi which can cause damage to plants are normally only found in the ground and don't infect compost in pots.  I would just repot the plant and shake off as much of the old compost as you can as it has already done it's job.

Privet hedge help

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 18:28

Privet is pretty bomb-proof when it comes to pruning.  It will soon sprout new shoots, even directly from the thick wood.  An old gardening saying is 'growth follows the knife' meaning pruning actually encourages strong growth so don't worry as it will grow rapidly now but probably not until the spring.

Why didn't my apricot flower or fruit?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 15:40

Pansy may be right.  My peach (which is usually extremely reliable) also set no fruit whatsoever last year.  There was also some rotten cold wet weather when the tree was blooming and there were no bees about at all which wouldn't have helped.

Cherry laurel ... too close to the house?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:15

How far away from the house is it?  Can you post a photo?

Papaver somniferum seedling problems

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:07

Agree with Nut.  The vast majority of poppies hate root disturbance anyway and will rarely survive any kind of transplanting.  I've found a good way on my clay soil is to use a layer of grit to cover the surface of the soil where I want them to grow and then sprinkle the seeds over the grit - they are that tiny that they will fall through the gaps.  You also then know where you've sown them when weeding.

Killing a yukka

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 13:59

Having recently dug a 20 year old one (which I grew from seed) out of a raised bed, I will echo the posts above.  The roots are huge and thick but easily snap (they are really water storage organs) so pulling them up is not possible, they have to be dug out.  They look great in a very large garden where they can stay for half a century or more and won't poke anyone's eyes out.  If you have a relatively small garden which you might want to completely revamp within your lifetime, don't plant one!

Acer soil

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 13:53

Best wait until spring when the roots will start growing again, Meomye.

Tree seems to be bleeding

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 19:52

I think you have an insect borer at work there - the stuff on the ground is the frass produced by the large beetle grub inside your tree.  Hopefully it's not this:

Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:17

Not sure about Alder now I've zoomed in a bit.

Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:08

The top one is a Pear I suspect and the other two look like Alder.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

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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