Latest posts by BobTheGardener


Posted: 24/06/2017 at 14:10

Calibrachoa will be called 'million bells' in garden centres.  If you find one selling them by their formal name, give them a medal!

Polish Spirit not flowering

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 19:05

Mine isn't flower either but looking through my photos from last year, it didn't start until the 2nd week in July.  A few weeks either way is down to weather patterns - this year has been quite different to the last few.

Blueberry plants weakening, and/or dying

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 18:58

I agree with Buttercupdays.

Have a look at this document produced for commercial blueberry production in California, which should give you some ideas on how to acidify your water supply:

Something is eating my strawberries

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 21:35

I like the way you think, Jane.

Cucumbers not forming

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 21:29

I think they do Pete but gently flicking the flowers should produce the same result.  The other possibility is the the plants know (via hormones) when they have too many fruit so cut off supplies to less developed ones.  As long as you keep picking regularly they will keep flowering so don't worry about those which don't develop.

Something is eating my strawberries

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 21:18

There was another thread about this recently and I believe the culprits were identified when caught in a trap.  Mice do have a habit of piling things up neatly for some reason.

Brussell sprout newbie advice

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 21:00

Probably slugs or woodpigeons.  I have to net all my young brassicas or the pigeons would eat the lot in minutes!

Friend or foe?

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 20:56

Yes, those a ladybird larvae and are currently scoffing hundreds of those blackfly for you.  Balance has been achieved.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 15:22

Similar temps here, Dove.  Luckily, a few fluffy clouds have appeared so getting a bit more tolerable out there!

Chili Pepper Flower Dropping!!!

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 15:01

Kestrell, the photosynthesis process does require a period of darkness to work properly, so I suggest turning off your lights for a period of at least 4 hours per day.  This might not solve the flower dropping issue but will result in better growth.

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Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


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
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