Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Preparing for next year

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 17:13

Graham, it's good news that you have soil under your planters.  Make raised beds with no bottom and, this autumn, put a 4-6 inch layer of well-rotted manure on top and leave them like that over the winter.  The worms will come up from the soil below and pull the manure down into the soil, so all you'll need to do in the spring is some light cultivation.  If you put a 2 inch layer down each following autumn, you will keep the soil productive and will never have to dig again.  As time goes by the clay beneath will turn into great soil and your beds will effectively get deeper, all by themselves.

Laying new lawn covered in dandelions

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 11:57

There are only 2 choices for the dandelions really, either dig the roots out or use a glyphosate-based weedkiller and wait 6 weeks to ensure it is translocated into the roots to kill them, so depends on how quickly you want to lay the new lawn.  As far as the path goes, it depends on how deep and compacted the sub-base is - a pick axe and garden fork should break it up.  If the pebbles and base chippings are small you could just dig them in over the whole area to improve drainage otherwise you would need to skip them.

Personally, I would use weedkiller, wait 6 weeks, use this time to break up the path and then rotovate the whole area before raking level and perhaps adding a thin layer of topsoil before laying turf.

DIY Planter

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 11:34

I use empty compost bags (which are usually black inside) and some have been in place for a decade or more.  No problems.

Fruit or vegetable...

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 23:48

They are definitely a fruit but the definition of a vegetable is so loose that they would also fall under that description.  As far as a show goes, they would be classified as a vegetable.


Posted: 15/06/2017 at 21:59

Why not hedge your bets (pun intended) and cut most of it down but leave a few 'stands' ?  That way you can guarantee it won't all die.

On my willow tree

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 18:54

And the round thing on the top-left photo is probably a gall.  An insect (usually a tiny wasp) laid an egg in the leaf vein and the larva released a hormone which caused the tree to produce growth around it.  The young larvae use these as a home while they grow.  It's not really detrimental to the tree.  The way these interactions occur between insects and plants is fascinating!

Are these weeds please??

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 22:50

Agree with Dimwit, 1 & 2 are in the cucurbit family, you can even see the seed shell.  They could be pumpkins, squash, melons, cucumbers etc.

Does anyone know what this plant is called

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 19:55

If the tips of the leaves are sharp, I think it's more likely a Yucca.

New cyclamen in flower

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 15:34

I think it will be ok and will reset its internal clock.  Just give it the usual treatment of reducing watering after flowering so that the leaves die back etc.  I have one which flowered at christmas, died back in april and has now decided to start producing new flower buds as it got accidentally watered.  I fully expect it to survive though.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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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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