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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Are these cabbage worm eggs

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:11

Batches of Cushion Scale eggs.

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:02

I'm afraid that if you want to grow lilies in the UK now, you MUST deal with lily beetles by either checking every day and picking them off by hand and killing them, or spraying with a systemic pesticide like Provado.  There are no other effective measures, unfortunately.  It's too late to plant lily bulbs now and even if you did, the beetles would devastate them unless you take control.

Newbie unsure what plant this is

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:58

It's a hardy geranium - a real beauty by the looks of it!   Someone else will likely be able to tell you the cultivar.

Cane tops

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:52

I live next to a tennis club and don't throw the balls back any more since one broke a greenhouse pane - and as I found they make excellent cane toppers when punctured with my pruning knife!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:45

Just removed a large stand of Kerria Japonica so time to fire-up the shedder!  I've been wanting to get rid of that beast for years but kept putting it off which was a mistake - bloody stuff spreads by underground runners.  Glyphosate at the ready for the expected regrowth! 

Potato flowers

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:36

Yep, you won't get a huge crop by planting now SweetPea but you should at least have home-grown new potatoes with your Christmas dinner and very likely some well before then. 

Do rose seeds really grow.......

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:48

Stratification may help them germinate - place the pot in a plastic bag and put in the fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks, checking regularly for shoots and bring out if any appear or after the 6 weeks is up and place on a windowsill etc.  With a bit of luck that may get them going before next spring.  If you don't want to do that, leave the pot outside in a sheltered spot (eg by a house wall) over the winter.

Turnips

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:40

Yep;  They do grow quickly, so plenty of time.

Diseased Almond Tree

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:37

Hi Karen, I think the clear liquid oozing from the fruit may be a response to them being attacked by aphids or a bug of some sort (can't really ID that one.)  However, distorted leaves with a red colour sounds like Peach Leaf Curl, which affects almond tress, too.  See the RHS advice on that:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=232

As long as they aren't all affected, the usual thing to do is remove the distorted leaves.

Turnips

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:22

They have bolted - you can enjoy the flowers (bees & butterflies love them too) but the turnips won't now swell, unfortunately.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

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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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

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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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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