BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tree ID please

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:00

I'd also go with Cercis tree of some variety.  If not the one nut mentions have a look at other 'redbuds'  The leaves should be heart-shaped if you can find any undistorted ones.

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:07

Great news Lauren.   Don't be tempted to feed them until there are tiny tomatoes forming and they should be fine.

Is my chilli (Apache) plant too tall?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:59

It's looking fine and will grow into a nice bushy plant which will produce masses of chillies so carry on what you are doing as it looks very healthy indeed!  I would put a short cane in the pot to tie it to as it will need some support once all of those chillies start growing.

Pot plants dying off in middle

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:06

You can divide them using the strong growth from the outer parts to make new plants.  Lots of plants benefit from dividing like this, whether in the ground or in pots.  If you used multi-purpose compost in the pots, it'll be exhaused of nutrients by now anyway.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 17:51

20 million slug nematoes watered in and it started raining just as I finished so perfect!  the 100sq metre pack was enough to do all of my veg patches and borders and all for the price of a couple of plants.  If anything like last year that'll be the last I see of them until the Autumn (assuming Summer actually arrives at some point.) 


Hope everone is looking forward the midsummer day on Tuesday - it's all downhill after that folks!

Aphids on young apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 13:47

It will be worth it MamaLion.  Fruit trees do require a lot of looking after when they are young but once mature they are far less susceptible to these things. 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 13:40

Overseas aid has nothing to do with the in-or-out EU vote.  We will continue to give our defined contribution whatever happens and whoever is in government;  It's an international obligation.  What I am seeing in reality is that this government has failed in controlling all types of immigration and has now restricted student visas (because this is one of the few things they can control) and this is already severely damaging our universities (overseas students pay far more than double the fees paid by UK nationals.)  My local university is having to shed 150 jobs right now.  If we leave the EU things will become impossible and home grown student fees will have to rise sharply (potentially double) and some universites will close.  That is a fact.

Aphids on young apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:08

Check if there are any ants crawling on your tree.  If there are, they are the ones spreading the aphids around after you have removed them (ants 'farm' aphids for their honeydew excretion.)  A grease band around the trunk will stop the ants doing this.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 20:56

Put about 20 pepper and chillies into their final pots.  The overwintered peppers now have fruit forming.


Pulled up the last of the erysimums which have finally finished flowering and the cuttings I took from them a few months ago are just starting to flower.  Dead headed about half of the sweet rocket and did loads of weeding.  Nemaslug arrived so tomorrow the whole garden gets treated.  Never seen so many slugs!

Bluebells

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:04

Yes you can but the chances are they will be hybrids with the invasive spanish ones.  It'll take about 3 years for them to reach flowering stage.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

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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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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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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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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