Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Catnip plant for cats

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 18:36

My old black tom called Pepper used to go crazy for it.  If I held a leaf in my hand for him, he was so keen he'd even try and eat it and didn't care if he got my fingers too!  I often wondered if that's how it got the name catnip! 

Tulip planting distances

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 22:55

Hi TD, that will be no mean feat!  You will need to put in a lot of work to try and get what you desire and the chances are not good that you will succeed.  There is some good advice on this site:

It would be impossible in my clay soil and local microclimate I think.

Tulip planting distances

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:51

Agree with FG, as close as you like as long as you don't expect them to flower in subsequent years.  Effectively, you treat them as annuals if you want a packed display.  Don't do that with species tulips which will come back every year though, those need space to multiply.

how to get rid of compost midges?

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:32

If you've covered the surface with gravel, you are probably just seeing the flies hatching from the larvae which were already in the soil.  If the flies can't lay eggs in the soil they will disappear soon.

Unknown plant!

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:30

Agree, Datura stramonium, known as Jimsonweed in the US.

Some tips on how to control here:

Last edited: 02 October 2016 20:31:15

Frost proofing a greenhouse

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:42

One problem with paraffin heaters is that they generate a lot of moisture which produces condensation and that can cause things to rot, so make sure you ventilate it during the day.  A surprising amount of protection can be obtained by draping fleece over your plants, so perhaps also do that with any particularly tender ones during very cold spells.

Last edited: 02 October 2016 17:42:59

Funny veg

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:32

On a slightly rude theme, this one from 2014:

Diseased Magnolia and Oak leaves

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:22

A couple of my magnolia in pots look similar and I think it's due to the pots getting a bit too dry earlier in the year.  The same varieties I have planted in the ground look fine.  If you need to keep them in pots, I would put them into larger ones and use a John Innes #3 mixed with about 20% of ericaceous compost (and leaf mould if you are lucky enough to have any) as this seems to hold water well.

Last edited: 02 October 2016 17:25:17

Fungi id required

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 13:50

Me neither HC.  Hogweed, it looks like it's linked to a microsoft account.  Try downloading to your PC etc and then upload from there using the camera icon.

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