Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Trailing evergreen for container?

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:50

Lingonberry will thrive in the acid soil you are using for your rhodo etc.  It will trail down the sides of the pot (in fact, you'll need to trim it after a couple of years) and can easily be propagated by layering.  Completely hardy,  evergreen and won't grow upwards.  I use it to cover the soil in my large blueberry pots.  Bonus: it flowers and produces berries which are similar to cranberries.

Peppers and Chillies - how to get the best crop?

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 18:50

Regular potting on to slightly larger pots is the key to growing both peppers and chillies.  Mine go from modules to 7cm then 9cm then 15cm and finally into 6.5l square pots.  This is done when the roots reach the side of the pot they are currently in.  If you put them straight into a large pot while small I guarantee they won't do well.  Don't keep the soil damp in the pots, wait until it is drying out before watering.  Here are some of mine started from seed (about 6 or 7 varieties):

If you reduce watering at the end of the season you can often overwinter them successfully.  These are my overwintered ones which I'll soon be eating:

Last edited: 28 June 2016 18:51:21

Patinova Squash?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 23:17

It's a czechoslovakian variety of Patty pan (aka pattison) squash.

Last edited: 27 June 2016 23:19:16

backen fern

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 21:01

There is a herbicide which can control it called Asulox but is strictly controlled and won't be available for use after this year.  I would seriously consider getting a professional in who will have that available.  Bracken (even the spores) is carcinogenic so never let any of the ferns grow full size, even if you have to fight it forever.

Cross breeding zuchini and pumpkin

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:28

Lots of possible outcomes and no way to predict.  The F1 is already a cross and even pollinated with another tiger cross plant wouldn't produce tiger cross seeds so you could get some genes from either or both parents as well as some from the pumpkin.  Quite often crosses between different cucurbits produce inedible fruit.  Every seed could give you something different!

Last edited: 27 June 2016 19:29:30

Whats eating my lilies? No sign of beetle.

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:16

Or snails.

Incarvillia delavayi snowtop

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:09

It's commonly known as 'Chinese trumpet flower' Mrs Garden.

Worst ever hailstorm

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 19:22

You're like an island Dove? Look at the tiny 'IN' dot in the middle of the country which is where I am!

We need to do a Grand Fenwick!

Plant ID

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:57

Not ground elder but enchanter's nightshade I think which is not quite so bad.

Jasmine - too early for flowers?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:54

Mine just coming into bud - I was about to trim back some rampant growth but will hold off now I've spotted the flowers.  Either I don't have the genes to smell it or mine has no scent tunfortunately, so it holds limited appeal here as the growth tends to strangle my other plants.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..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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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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