Latest posts by BobTheGardener


Posted: 07/10/2017 at 13:27

Do you want to plant it in the ground or grow it in a pot?  It's a young plant so will take a few years before it will produce fruit.  RHS advice is here:

If you plant it in the ground, bear in mind the eventual size of the tree - if it's the smaller black mulberry, that will be about 30ft.  White or red species and you're looking at 70ft or so.

Can anyone identify this??

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 12:20

Petty spurge (E. peplus) and your photo shows it in flower.  Control as Oblelixx said above.  Seeds in the soil will keep coming up for years, even if you pull every single one as soon as you see it though.

Unknown animal dropping (Curly) all over garden

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 18:35

It might mean the ground is a bit waterlogged and the worms have been pushing their casts out in order to breathe.  It would be worth spiking your lawn all over with a fork and then brushing sharp sand in to the holes to create better drainage.

Hairy Caterpillar!

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 09:06

Looks like Pale Tussock moth:

Failed Butternuts!

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 18:51

I've been growing them for several years and have 8 varieties in this year, with a couple grown in a greenhouse.  None of them have done particularly well with only one or two squashes per plant so I think Obelixx is right - just a bad year for them due to the weather.

Indoor Spider Mite Infestation

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 09:07

I've had great success on removing indoor spider mite infestations on edible crops (peppers and chillies in my case) by using a combination of SB plant invigorator and predatory mites.  The SB is non-toxic and works by sort of glueing the mites in place until they die.  You use this first to reduce the numbers, after which you introduce the predators (Phytoseiulus.)  Google 'SB plant invigorator' and 'spider mite predators' to find suppliers in your country.

Unknown fruit bush

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 08:59

I agree with Dove.  The berries are edible but not that nice tasting to humans:

Weed is taking over my garden, need ID!

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:01

In that case I believe nut has it (as usual!)

Potato problems

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:00

If it's keel slugs (which I have in my clay soil) the most effective thing to do is grow potato varieties which are resistant to them.  While nematodes reduced the general slug population in my garden, the keel slugs were still abundant.  I've found Kestrel are the best in this respect closely followed by Sarpo Mira.

Weed is taking over my garden, need ID!

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 18:51

Did it have orange flowers in June/July?  If so it's likely Pilosella aurantiaca (aka Orange Hawkweed or  Fox & cubs) which spreads by underground runners as well as seed.  Can be tricky to control.

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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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

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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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

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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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

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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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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