Latest posts by BobTheGardener

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:01

Yes nut but can be a bit sharp!

Supposed to be very good for you - high in anti-oxidants.

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:29

Like most folk I normally nip out the tips of my broad beans at the first sign of blackfly aphids but decided to leave them this year as there were lots of ladybirds and their larvae on them.  This is the result after just one week:

So, no more blackfly and lots more ladybirds for the future: a win-win situation!

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:15

The leaves look wrong for blackcurrent - I think it's a Ribes (flowering current.)

Here's a pic of the leaves on my Ribes Aureum:

The berries are edible but usually not very nice.

Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:51

You might be right about the 'talkback' stuff nut - a right mixed bag!

Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:47

When someone leaves this site (ie unregisters), they become "gardeners world web user".  A lot of the disjointed stuff is because some members have been banned and all of their posts have been permanently removed.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:39

The Salvia patens and tree lillies are showing themselves off today:

Just noticed the sparrowhawk on the roof behind the lilies (which are taller than me!) No wonder the birds are a bit sparse today!

Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:13

Here it is!


Plum trees struggling?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:03

They don't look too bad to me Jonathan and are probably still establishing.  I recommend feeding them in late Winter by lifting the mulch matting and sprinkling a couple of handfuls of fish, blood and bone around the base, then a 2-4 inch layer of compost (prevent that from touching the trunk though.)  I'm not a great believer in using matting - a covering of compost topped with chipped bark would be healthier for them.  Grass will compete heavily with a young tree so it's important to keep a circle of about 3 feet diameter clear of grass and weeds.

Deviding blackcurrant bushes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:50

Hi Colin, each bush will have a single main stem so they can't be split as such, but if you have any suckers which have their own roots, you could split those from the main root and each will make a new bush.  They are also very easy to propagate from cuttings - just cut a stem about the thickness of a pencil and 8-10" long and stick it in the ground with 4-5 inches above the soil - do several in case some don't take.

While you could try an move an established bush, it would be risky and I would wait until autumn, cutting off all the branches and leaving stumps about 6 inches long.  If you don't do that the foliage which grows next spring will exhaust the roots before they have time to re-establish and the whole bush will probably die.  Whatever you decide to do, you'll get no fruit next year of course.

Weirdo snapdragon

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:39

I wonder if they are the result of cross-pollination between normal ones and one of those fancy 'designer' antirrhinums that are about these days?  I must say I much prefer 'proper' snapdragons!  

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

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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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

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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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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