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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Ornamental Cherrytree - is ours dead?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 14:47

Remember to cut the logs asap and keep them dry until you burn them otherwise most of the heat will go into making steam from the water content. 


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 14:29

"Drying out" onions simply means lifting them from the ground so that the roots are exposed to the air.  You do this after the tops have already died off.  The roots will then die and this ensures the bulbs go into a dormant state.  Many simply lift them and lay them on their sides on the ground next to the row for a week or so.  Whether they become wet from any rain is irrelevant, but you don't want to put them in storage while physically wet so just wait until a dry day to do that last bit.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 21:45

Thanks everyone and remember all of the perennials and shrubs you planted this year will be at least twice a good next year, OL!

Happy Sunflowers

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 16:55
artjak wrote (see)

OL, love those shoes and Angela, thank you for showing the Italian White sunflower.

I can highly recommend those - grew them a few years back and they produced a stunning display - very floriferous!

Stacey & her chilli bits

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 15:26

These are pavilec - a very prolific medium-hot variety I got from Realseeds.  Might have to try one soon - can't wait for the colour change!

Growing aquilegia from seed

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 14:58

 Not tried that nut - great excuse to get some (and no doubt several other types I don't have) though!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 14:46

The General (Sikorski) has a second flush of 'medals' with plenty more to come and is looking great today:

Staying on a blue theme, ageratums are stunning when looked at closely and look like some sort of exotic sea anemone:

In the front garden, the Helichrysums (strawflowers) are looking good, too:

Finally, this giant dahlia (which was grown from seed planted earlier this year) is now taller than me and standing proud:

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 13:38

I'm going to stop growing F1 varieties of calabrese/broccoli.  Yes, they produce nice big heads which taste lovely, but they produce them all at once and I'm never happy freezing this stuff.  Successional sowing doesn't seem to work very well - those sown 4 weeks later just seem to catch-up and crop just a few days later.  

Black bugs

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 13:29

They looks like the larval stage of one of the shield bugs.  I'm pretty sure it is a bug (ie a sap sucker) rather than a beetle.  See if you can find something similar here:

probably on these pages:


Growing aquilegia from seed

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 13:10

Yes, I have one or two of those still producing the odd flower, nut.  Lesley, that's a great site.   My personal favourite is the blue and white Aquilegia caerulea - I've been trying to cross those with McKana hybrids but the genes of the yellow and red ones must be dominant as no blue with any yellow or red in them so far.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

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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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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