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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Yellow Courgettes

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 11:35

Are you growing them in the ground?  They may need feeding if you didn't add anything to the soil before planting.  If in a container they will definitely need regular feeding.  Liquid tomato food would be good.

Weed ID please

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 11:22

I think it is almost certainly Liverwort.  Loves compacted poorly drained areas and shade:

Can be tricky to deal with.

Tulip bulbs

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 19:09

The best chance of getting repeat flowering from tulips is to plant them deep (8 to 10 inches - 20 to 25cm) and leave them there, then there is no need to lift.  As you have already lifted them, they need to be stored somewhere cool (no higher than 20C is probably ideal) and dry until re-planting time in October to December.  Personally I don't have anywhere that stays cool enough so mine stay in the ground or, for 'fancy' types which rarely repeat whatever you do, buy new each year.

Hydrangea Scale protection

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:21

It's a sap-sucking insect Lyndsay, but they don't move once they have chosen a place to suck the sap.  The young insects are highly mobile though and may arrive on birds feathers or cross from other hydrangea which are close by, especially if the leaves are touching.

weed annoyance

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:16

Does each leaf have 3 lobes?  If so I suspect it is creeping woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata) and it's tricky to get rid of.  You need to use a hand fork to try and get the roots out as weedkiller isn't very effective.  At the very least pull them up before the flowers set seeds or they will shoot everywhere because the seed pods are spring-loaded!


Veg to sow in summer

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:09

Parsnips do need a long growing season and I honestly think the seeds would be wasted if sown now.  I sow mine in early March and they are decent size by Chrstmas.  However, they do grow very well in raised beds with the bonus that they tend to germinate better than they do in the ground, so certainly try some next year.  For this year I would concentrate on salad crops such as lettuce etc.  Beetroot and turnips would also be worth trying as those grow fast.  Hopefully others might chip-in with a few ideas?

bird proof cloches

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 15:28

Ian, google for "MDPE water pipe" and "MDPE pipe fittings".  Places like Screwfix stock it.

Plant ID

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:40

The first one is a Linaria I think, probably Linaria purpurea and probably a named form rather than the weedy one.  The 2nd I don't recognise and the last one might be Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis.)

Help with finding the name for this large shrub

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:20


Help with finding the name for this large shrub

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:15

It's a Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) Craig.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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
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