Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Well fed fox

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 16:55

I found a sealed packet of dried catfood buried just below the surface of a large pot  on 3ft high stand a few years ago..

Anyone recognise this?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 16:33

Nerine I think.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:00

Leics: Clear blue skies, 10C now (5C overnight.)

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:48

Spuds did OK (Kestrel & Sarpo mira, the only types I can grow which don't get devastated with keeled slugs), winter squashes worst year ever, only one large one out of ten plants (6 different varieties) with the rest producing only one or two fist-sized fruit.  Summer squashes fewer and smaller than usual.  Carrots OK (polytunnel), parsnips good, all brassicas very good, especially brussels.  The tomatoes in the greenhouse did OK too but smaller crop than usual, especially the larger types.  Overwintered peppers and chillis excellent, seed grown ones only ripening now (conservatory.)  Spring sown broad beans ok, no blackfly at all.  Runner and climbing french beans minimal crops.  Forgot to plant out the leeks!

Edit: Forgot the fruit:  Strawberries lower crop than usual, raspberries (Polka) excellent - still going, gooseberries lower crop than usual, blackberries the same.  Apples good. Cherries small crop (netted.)  one pear (not yet ripe.)

Overall, the worst year I've ever had, all due to the weather.  Fingers crossed for 2017..

Last edited: 09 October 2016 09:53:13

Catnip plant for cats

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:18

Not so different to their human equivalents and alcohol then!

Catnip plant for cats

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 18:36

My old black tom called Pepper used to go crazy for it.  If I held a leaf in my hand for him, he was so keen he'd even try and eat it and didn't care if he got my fingers too!  I often wondered if that's how it got the name catnip! 

Tulip planting distances

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 22:55

Hi TD, that will be no mean feat!  You will need to put in a lot of work to try and get what you desire and the chances are not good that you will succeed.  There is some good advice on this site:

It would be impossible in my clay soil and local microclimate I think.

Tulip planting distances

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:51

Agree with FG, as close as you like as long as you don't expect them to flower in subsequent years.  Effectively, you treat them as annuals if you want a packed display.  Don't do that with species tulips which will come back every year though, those need space to multiply.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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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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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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