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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!


Rows vs Clusters

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 21:26

Clusters every time but good idea to plant tall at the back, short at the front.  For some reason, groups of 3, 5, 7 or 9 look better to the eye than clusters of an even number of plants or bulbs.

identify some plants for me please?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:19

Number 3 might (and only might) be one of the ground cover dianthuses.

Can anyone identify these two varieties?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 17:27

Yes, medlars are pretty much inedible until they have been frosted (and some would say almost rotting.)

Leek growing

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 16:44

Yes, looks like leek moth or leek fly damage to me.  They are both leaf miners and eat the leaf from the inside before pupating.  See the RHS info on those two, here:

Allium fly:

which also includes advice on dealing with each of them.  Personally, given the damage levels, I would lift and use them asap.  I lost a whole crop a couple of years ago and pulled them all but last year escaped any serious damage so sacrificing now may help you avoid the issue next year.  Or not!


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 16:31

Couple of butterflies enjoying the sunshine and ivy flowers today.

Red Admiral:



and a bumblebee:

The ivy flowers are absolutely smothered in other bees, wasps, hoverflies and other unidentified insects - ivy is a real gold (erm.. nectar!) mine for them.

Is my Hibiscus dead ?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:42

If it's not been planted long then you could move it otherwise you'll just need to remember to water it regularly.

bulb planting depth

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:39

Daffs generally go at the bottom and it's difficult to plant them too deep but, if growing them with tulips, I recommend you put the tulips at the bottom and use smaller, very early flowering daffodil types above them.  The large, later flowering types can look a bit messy in containers in my opinion, particularly if you will be leaving them there - remember that you need to let the leaves die back naturally so you want the untidy daffodil leaves to die back asap. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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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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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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