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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pruning Wisteria

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:11

Wisteria grown from seed can take a decade or more to flower (I have proven that as I actually did that! - it took about 8 or 9 years.)  However, most of the ones you buy will be grafted and should flower in their first spring.  To make sure, I always recommend only buying wisteria when they are actually in flower.  That way you can see exactly what you are getting.


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 17:08

If it's too out of the way to make a useful communal area, then plant a comfrey patch and grow your own plant food.  Use the sterile variety Bocking 14 so fellow allotmenteers don't get bothered by it seeding around.  As a bonus, it will attract lots of bees.

Making own softsoap

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 23:40

Great news Happyflower!  My broad beans were covered from head to foot in blackfly but rather than spray them I decided to leave them to see what would happen as there were one or two ladybirds on them.  A few weeks later and they are now almost swarming with ladybirds, their larvae with lots of ladybirds in the pupal stage, and most of the blackfly are gone.  Now I have my own army of ladybirds flying off and clearing up aphids throughout the rest of the garden.   You can't beat nature!

2 final plant ID's - promise

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:38
jo47 wrote (see)

They come out okay when enlarged........ it's not a problem Jekyll.......


Not on every browser they don't Jo47.  Firefox corrects them but Internet Explorer doesn't (just a couple of examples of the dozens of browsers out there.)

Capability Found from Spun Gold

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:32

What a coincidence - I attended a wedding at Belvoir Castle on Saturday!  It's an incredible place so really looking forward to seeing this!

2 final plant ID's - promise

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:21

Photos rotate because software puts that information into the the 'EXIF' data on the photos.  Google 'remove exif data' and once you have an app which does that, you can rotate them in a photo editor and they will stay put.  There are other reasons for removing EXIF data - privacy being the main one as it can contain location information and more..

It's mainly an issue for Apple devices, so the lack of privacy should be no surprise!


plant ID.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:16

Runnybeak - easy peasy - just plant them where you definitely don't want them and you will have them there forever!  

They are a bit like Lily of the Valley - they either won't grow for you at all or will mount an invasion - seems there are few folk who can get them to behave themselves!

plant ID.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:08

1) is aquilegia

2) is Japanese anemone - can be invasive and hard to get rid of

3) is hydrangea


Weeds, I Think

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:06

It's buddleia:

Cut it right back to  the ground.  It will almost certainly re-grow then treat any new growth with SBK brushwood killer.

Autumn Bliss raspberries

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:37

Polka have large tasty fruit which are quite firm and last a long time on the canes.  It was bred from Autumn Bliss, so has a similar taste.  There are a lot fewer spines on the canes too, a definite plus when it comes to picking time.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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