Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Top Soil Question

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:07

Well-rotted farmyard manure is the ideal thing to add.  The bagged stuff available from garden centres etc. is fine if you can't source any locally.  If you are going to plant into it immediately, then you could add multi-purpose compost instead as manure can be a bit strong for some plants until the worms break it down.  In late autumn, put down a 2-4 inch layer of manure on top of the beds and the worms will take that down into the soil over the winter for you.

Last edited: 11 June 2017 14:08:11

Lupins ok in pots until the autumn?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:57

I would re-pot them but keep them in pots until next spring before planting out.  That way you can more easily protect the new shoots from slugs etc. and will end up with much better plants.

Spirea failing to thrive

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:48

They don't like wet feet so is the soil really well drained?  Overwatering can be an issue too.  Ideally they need full sun, a very well drained site and will only need watering occasionally in the summer.  They don't need much in the way of feeding either.  I wonder if you're killing it through too much kindness?

Last edited: 10 June 2017 22:50:15


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 21:49

Mice do behave like that.  I once had one which nipped the tops off of my tomato seedlings and put them in a neat pile at the side.

Blackcurrant harvesting

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 18:59

The whole stem, right back to the base, emmalou.

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 17:45

I only had one, 'onest!

fasciation purple toadflax

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 17:43

There's a long-running thread on fasciation, Phil:

Perhaps worth adding it on there.

Mystery weed - can anyone identify it?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 17:33

How weird!  If you search the site for 'Ladybird4' lots of threads come up like this one:

with LB's post missing but I can indeed see her post in the thread you linked to, Dove.

Must be a bug or I've been out in the sun to long and am confuzzled!

Last edited: 10 June 2017 17:33:36

Something eating hazel tree leaves - help please

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 16:55

Any chance of a photo, Sally?  We can probably identify at least the type of creature eating the leaves from that.  The good news is that hazel is virtually indestructible!

Last edited: 10 June 2017 16:55:51

Mystery weed - can anyone identify it?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 16:52

There's either something wrong with the site or Ladybird4 has left as all of her posts have gone.

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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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

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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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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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Hope it finds it's way home 
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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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