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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 22:30

I use both.  Perlite is good mixed in to provide a very light and free-draining growing medium, good for striking cuttings.  Fine grade vermiculite is great for lightly sprinking over surface-sown seeds to help stop them drying out but still lets light get to those types which need it.

Night Scented Stock

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 12:27

They don't like germinating in my soil either so I start them off in modules and plant them out when an inch or two tall.

So, suckers...

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 12:21

The best way to deal with suckers is to dig down to where they join and physically pull them from the root.  This makes it less likely for new suckers to appear from the same spot whereas cutting them off with secateurs etc actually promotes new shoots, just like above-ground pruning does.

Tree for windy/sunny garden?

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 20:51

How about a Rowan?  The red berries are very decorative and loved by birds.  It's a tough tree which should thrive in almost any conditions (it's not known as Mountain Ash for nothing!)

Cherry belle tomatoes

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:49

It could have been an issue with the seed producer, such as a failure of one of the two parent crops last year (it is an F1 which means it is a cross between two parent plants and the seeds won't come true.)  If you can't obtain them next winter, I can highly recommend another F1 cherry called 'Suncherry F1' which is the tastiest cherry tomato I have ever grown without being over sweet like sungold and is extremely disease resistant, crops early and for a very long period.  I grow a lot of tomatoes (at least 10 varieties each year and usually double that) and I would rate Suncherry as 10/10.

tiny holes in my onions

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 14:00

Probably not onion fly or narcissus fly as you would be finding grubs inside, so good news there.  My best guess would be something like flea beetles which bit through and decided they didn't like them or even keeled slugs doing the same.  You could try covering them with horticultural fleece when first planted, removing it once they grow tall but that won't help if it is keeled slugs.  Growing them in another part of the garden would be advisable too.

What's this plant?

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:41

Margaret Roberts3 - I think that may be Veronia (aka Ironweed.)

Path stones

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:31

Look to see if there are any reclamation yards in your area.  You could use google etc to search for 'reclamation yard nottingham' if you happen to live near Nottingham, for example.


Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:26

Tayberries fruit on the canes which grew the previous year so will probably not fruit until next year unless they arrived as large plants.  Pruning is easy though - once fruiting has finished, completely cut out the fruited canes leaving the new unfruited ones which will bear fruit the following year.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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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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