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beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 01:49

It's the caterpillar of the Pale Tussock moth (Dasychira pudibunda),both moth and caterpillar are beauties!



Spiders eating my apples

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 13:19

Hi Tracey, Spiders are entirely carniverous so won't be causing the damage but will use the holes to hide in.  The holes are probably being caused by birds or wasps.

Garden Shredders - tough enough ?

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 12:50

Sivad, I find a good way to break-up bagged compost which has been compressed flat because of stacking is to put them on their sides and stamp on them, giving the odd kick with my steel toecapped boots.  Relieves stress, too!

tall hybrid T roses

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 12:32

Some varieties will do that when pruned 'normally'.  "Peace" is one and if pruned hard in March grows rampantly, so I have to remember to only lightly prune that one.  Once done though, it's hard to regain control.  I had some luck by continually pruning it from midsummer onwards through the 'rampant' year and then just gave a light trim in the following March.  This did result in losing a lot of flowers for one year, just something I had to accept.

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 18:57

Yes, use a good thick stake (oak if you can get one) and a quality adjustable tie as dwarf fruit trees are best staked for their entire lives in windy spots.  There is nothing worse than finding a tree you have nurtured for years being broken by a storm.  That most often happens in the autumn when they are loaded with fruit, too.

Stolen Peas

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 18:49

At least it wasn't an unpleasant peasant, as many of us expected it to be!

Stinging nettle tea vs comfrey tea.

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 21:03

I buy most of my seeds online and can recommend who have them:


Stinging nettle tea vs comfrey tea.

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 20:12

 If you want the "Bocking 14" variety Tony, you have to buy bare roots as there are no seeds available.  If you really do want to grow common comfrey, then look for "Symphytum officinale var patens" seeds which are widely available.  Some of the other comfreys are grown as ornamentals rather than for their use as a fertilizer.

Stinging nettle tea vs comfrey tea.

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 19:07

"Bocking 14" comfrey is what I'd recommend.  The seeds are sterile so you won't be bothered by it seeding itself all over the place which can be a problem with common comfrey.  Comfrey tea is fantastic stuff and you can also add the leaves to compost heaps as an accelerant, so your heap rots down quicker.

Can I compost cotoneaster berries

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 00:36

Yes you can.  The worst that could happen is you may get a few cotoneaster seedlings growing where you use the compost, but most folk wouldn't consider that a problem as they can be tricky to germinate when you want them to!


Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

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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