Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Leaf Minor

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:17

 Nearly all Horse chestnuts trees in the UK are now infested with the Horse chestnut leaf mining moth which first appered in about 2002.  If the tree is on it's own, you can try gathering up all fallen leaves in autumn and burning them which may mean less damage the following year but if there are a lot of other conker trees in the area it will make little difference.  It is thought that they won't kill the trees but I personally think they will be weakened over a number of years and this may lead to other diseases and pests causing more serious damage and early death.  See here for a survey you can take part in:


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 23:13

One of the hardest things I've tried to do in gardening is to grow a range of plants which provide bees with nectar for the whole year but also thrive in my particular garden.  The wonderful side-effect is that there is always something in bloom of course!  Seeing a huge bumble bee appear on a sunny winter's day is magic. 

Red pond water

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:14

Sounds like a red algae bloom.  Apparently this can be brought in on pond plants but it's probably the recent hot spell which has led to it proliforating.  I would try one of the barley-based products which claim to reduce algae growth without harming wildlife.

Last edited: 27 July 2016 22:14:56

Buddleja White profusion reverting

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:01

It may have been grafted onto a normal buddleja rootstock.  The grafted part may have died and the rootstock would then take over.  Have a look to see if you can see any evidence of a graft point, which will be quite knobbly compared to other stems.

Before and after....

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 21:42

Superb transformation Laura!

Fruit tree ID please

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 21:25
fidgetbones says:

Damson cheese is rather nice too.

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 Seconded!  My favourite is with a stilton.

is it a plant or weed ?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 21:03

Welcome Liz and feel free to post as many images of unknowns as you like - we love identifying things here and photo's like yours which show the whole plant as well as close-ups makes things a lot easier for us.

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is it a plant or weed ?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 20:51

More goosefoot!  Chenopodium album - an edible weed but will seed itself everywhere.  Get rid!

Help identify this seaside plant

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 20:46

It looks like one of the goosefoots (chenopodium) to me.  If you find it has spikes of extremely small flowers I think that would confirm it.  Most of them are very prolific self seeders so you might be in for some trouble!

what to do with Rabbit and Guinea pig wood chippings and Hay ?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 20:34

The wood chps will eventually rot in the compost heap and the trick to helping this to happen quickly is mixing in lots of green matter, with the grass clippings you mention being ideal.  To help the process you can add diluted 'recycled beer' (if you catch my drift!)  Basically, the bacteria which help decompose wood chippings need a lot of nitrogen which is really all 'compost accelerators' are.  That leads the the issue with using wood chips directly on the soil;  They will take nitrates from it so it's not a good idea to use them 'raw'.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Cutting ID

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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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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