Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Queen bees

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:36

Great to know you still have plenty of bees and have found a nest!   I have quite a few bird boxes and was delighted to find one of them had been chosen as a bumble bee nest a year or two ago.

Even better to know that you don't use any chemicals in the garden like the majority of other folk here.

Since I stopped using insecticides several years ago the amount of wildlife has increased tremendously and I now often see several kinds of birds devouring aphids from my clematis, roses and other plants which helps keep them in check.  Nature has achieved balance all by itself!


Queen bees

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 13:07

They might just be bumble bee workers which don't live very long.  Queens don't tend to leave the nest once they have laid eggs.  Have a look at this link:


Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:35

More reasons to suspect that London isn't actually part of the rest of the UK then!

Clematis spider

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:32

Spiders are carnivores and don't eat plants.  They eat insects so are a friend in the garden.


Posted: 20/05/2017 at 10:21

Susan, avacados are native to central Mexico so will not survive outside in the UK (assuming that's where you are?)

Problem tomato plants

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 22:03

Sweet Millions is an F1 variety, which means the seeds come from the crossing of two (or more) very specific varieties.  Because you have collected and saved the seed from last year's crop, what you now have is an F2 variety, which is likely to be similar to one of the original parents and not necessarily much like 'Sweet Millions'.

I doubt your compost mix is the problem.  It has been a bit of a cold start to the year though and a bit too cold overnight in an unheated greenhouse for tomatoes so they are probably just sulking and should start to romp away now the night temperatures aren't going down so much.

I would pot them on and bury them up to the first leaves which will allow them to produce more feeding roots from the stem.

Bed of weeds?

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 22:32

1) looks like a thistle of some kind and would have it out.

2) is indeed buttercup - out.

3 looks like flowering quince (Chaenomeles) a keeper.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:22

Just been watching a sparrow feed a young 'un.  The baby sat on a branch about 18" away from the feeder and mum had to keep darting back and forth those few inches to feed it.  I kept thinking "surely it'll get the idea in a minute!" but it didn't happen.

Help! I'm not sure what to keep!

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:38

Good spot, Dave!

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:34

Philippa, if you decide to try another trailcam at some point, I can recommend the Browning Strike Force Elite sub micro 10MP (I know, sounds like something the SAS would use!)  That's what I used to make the videos in this thread:

They cost about twice as much as equivalent Swann ones though.

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I thought these were philadelphus 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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