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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Campanula Dying Back

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 18:39

Tip it out of its pot and check for vine weevil, Owen.  Overwatering could certainly be the problem, too.

What have I got here

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 20:13

Something just popped-up from the deep dark recesses - one of the Nicotianas, perhaps?

What is this?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 20:02

If it looks like the one at the bottom of this page (not the top photo), it's creeping wood sorrel (oxalis corniculata), a real nuisance:

You need to get the complete root out when pulling it (easier said than done!)

What have I got here

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:13

Initially I thought it looked like a brassica of some kind but those fine hairs at the base of the leaves don't look right for that.  I seem to recognise it but can't quite put my finger on it at the moment.  Something is having a munch at it, so hope it survives long enough for identification, nut!

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:05

Hi Daisy, Brassicas and brussels in particular do need firm soil to prevent wind-rock which damages the roots and leads to 'blown' sprouts, so Matty is doing the right thing in his raised beds when growing them.  As you have the choice, I'd agree with you and use the traditional bed for brussels, reserving your raised beds for 'value added' veg and those which don't need as much space as brassicas.

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:05

Hi Heather, this will grow in almost complete shade if you need to brighten a dark corner.  On the downside, it spreads by underground runners and can be invasive, so keep your eye on it!


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:02

Hi all,

I put up my new 4x2m polytunnel a couple of weeks ago and haven't looked inside since.  The ground was clear when I erected it..

At least I know it's working!  Definitely now have a job for when the rain comes later today!

What Would You Do Next?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:57

Herbs grow well in well-drained raised beds.  I love basil and grow 6 types in one of mine.

Check what gramps is growing and choose something else - I tend to go for stuff which is expensive or not available in the shops.

Strange Discolouration on Zinnia Seedlings

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:36

I recommend only watering seedlings from the bottom as drops of water on the leaves is a route in for fungal infections (not saying that is what this is, but..)

Lilly beetle

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:32

Pretty certain they will munch any lily or fritillary as well as the occasional other plant too, the little blighters!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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


Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16


Flowering in September 
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