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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Growing Tomatoes Up String

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 22:05

Ocassionally a fruiting truss can end in a growing shoot - some varieties are more prone to that than others.  I usually just nip off the growing tip after the last flower if that happens but I have left them to see what happens and a new side branch forms which is fine if you have room to let it grow and it can be supported.

Planting immediately after potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 21:58

I always follow 1st earlies with leeks which were sown in early March.  Obviously that needs planning in advance but salad leaves or fast growing things like turnips, kohl rabbi or beetroot would be ok.

Plant (Rose) i.d.

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:50

Looks like a Rosa rugosa, possibly 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup' but I'm no rose expert.

Might also be Rosa canina - the flowers look right for that.

Another Id Please

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 15:52

It looks to be in the Saxifrageaceae family but that covers a lot of plants! To narrow it down it looks very like a Heuchera, Tiarella or Heucherella, so only a few thousand of those to go through!   Has it ever flowered and if so, what did they look like?

Cut down Perennial Poppy?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:42

I cut mine down to the ground Dave and agree that they do look terrible after they go over.  I can't remember getting a 2nd fllush of flowers but they do grow back foliage which stays relatively low and often survives the winter so provides a bit of greenery.

How can I attract more birds to my small, sheltered garden?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 16:47

If you have any shrubs or hedging near the trees, place the feeders close to those as birds will be more likely to use them if they can quickly flit into a bush etc to hide when a predator is around (cats, sparrowhawks etc.)  Hawthorn is perfect.

PS, it may take a few weeks for birds to discover the feeders so be patient. 

Edible cherries?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 16:36

I'm pretty sure all cherries are edible but whether they taste nice or not is another matter completely! 

Cauliflower heads loose

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 15:40

Yes Amanda, firm planting applies to all brassicas and really helps.

Uh-oh ...

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 15:35

They look like Scots pine seedlings to me.  Any Scots pine or similar trees nearby?

I find they look decorative and do quite well in pots if you don't have room for a large tree.

STRAWBERRY MONSTER?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 13:37

You were very lucky to spot and photograph it in time Lynne.  Thanks for sharing!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

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

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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