Latest posts by BobTheGardener


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 13:41

Suppliers are notorious for misspelling plant names.  Sometimes it turns into a sort of 'Chinese whispers' and we end up with half of them selling something that looks like a different variety but is just the result of a series of ever more corrupted names.  I often wonder if this is often done on purpose to avoid them being taken to court for selling plants to which they don't have the breeding rights..   

Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:54

When I have them Lily, you can't see either the jam or the scone under the huge pile of cream I put on them!

I've never grown broccoli before.....

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:49

It has bolted Lulu.  Is the soil in that area prone to drying out?  You have to keep a close eye on broccoli as time between florets growing to a useful size to harvest and them turning into flowers is very short (about a week.)

not a plant i have ever seen b4

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:44

Yep, a weed species of euphorbia commonly known as Caper spurge.

Please help...what is this?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:34

Cotoneaster webber caterpillars, more info on the RHS site:

Green beans still edible?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:48

Yep, try a few and if too tough when cooked normally you can leave them to ripen and dry on the plants then save some as seed and store the rest for use as pulses.  As long as you soak them for 24h and drain before cooking they can be added to stews, chilli con carne etc.

Plant ID please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:35

Those flowers look like grapevine but the leaves don't!  Could it be something related?

Pods on my magnolia tree

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 01:28

Those are definitely scale insects Heather.

Runner beans

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 17:00

It's normal and happens to older pods.  Ideally, you would pick them before they start to get any purple on them as the older the pod the more stringy it will be.

Tall raspberry canes

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:39

In a word, yes.  Sideshoots form from the old leaf joints of summer fruiting varieties in the spring and it is those side shoots which will flower and produce fruit, so losing a couple of feet from the top won't result in the loss of much potential crop.

Cutting them back to 6ft will also help protect them from wind damage over the winter.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'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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Cutting ID

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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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