Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Yucca problem

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 14:08

Yes, that's where I would cut it.  Secateurs or loppers will be fine.  Unfortunately, there is no way I know of to make a stem thicken.

Yucca problem

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 13:23

If you cut it below the weak point, it will almost certainly produce a bud on the bare trunk which will sprout more leaves after a few weeks.  If you cut the removed stem into pieces about 15-20cm long, leave for a couple of days for the ends to callous over, you may be able to grow new plnats by potting them into a 50/50 mixture of grit and compost.  If you do that make sure you plant the sections the right way up.

Plant id required

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:56

Top 2 pics: Persicaria (probably maculosa) - a weed.  Get rid before it seeds or you'll have it forever!

3rd pic: looks like Fat hen - as above.

last one looks like a malva - will have trumpet shaped flowers if it is.  I keep those.

Last edited: 16 July 2017 13:01:00

Cherry tree problems

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:53

Juliet, it's probably been a bit too dry and the grass is growing too close to the trunk and competing with the tree for nutrients.  Make a wider circle around the trunk (about 1 metre diameter), give it a good watering (at least 4 bucketfuls of water) and cover the ground where you removed the grass with a mulch of well-rotted manure or compost.  You should also snip off all of those weak branches below the label close to the trunk (don't leave a stub.)  Do this now and no more pruning until next summer (never prune in Autumn, Winter or Spring as you risk it getting silver leaf disease.)

Keep giving it a couple of buckets of water at least twice a week until the leaves drop.

Grass for an orchard?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:44

Sounds good to me OMAB!   Perhaps mix in a packet of wildflower seeds with the grass seed to help attract insects?


Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:41

Taste one - if you like it, they are ready!  Gooseberries get sweeter as they ripen and the red type are ready from when they start turning colour but won't be as sweet as when they are fully red.  It's down to personal taste when you pick them.

Identification please

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 11:38

It looks a bit like polianthes tuberosa but can't say for sure until the flowers open fully.  If that one single open flower is fully open, it probably isn't this.

What is this?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 11:28

It can be a bit dodgy to buy seeds from Amazon or Ebay etc.  You never really know what you are getting and we've had posts from folk who have been sent packets of weed seeds!  I'm sure many suppliers are genuine, but some certainly are not!

Geranium cuttings

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:50

Thay can pick up viruses over time so best replaced every few years.  However, perhaps the soil in the window boxes is tired and needs replacing?

Grass for an orchard?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:46

Bark chippings will keep the annual weeds down and you can remove any perennial weeds when they pop through.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'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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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

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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