Latest posts by BobTheGardener

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:13

I have one with 3 types on a dwarfing rootstock and is it very successful and a good cropper.  The varieties used must have been chosen carefully so that their blooming periods overlap.  I was very careful when pruning it when it was young though to achieve balanced growth - I think that is essential otherwise one variety could easily become dominant.  However, now it is mature and only needs summer pruning it is a breeze to look after.  I would say that as long as you are prepared to read up on apple tree pruning and put in the effort in the early years that they are great for the smaller garden.  It's the usual case of 'you reap what you sow' and, just like veg crops, neglect will lead to a negative outcome.

Delphiniums question

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 20:02

Delphiniums can send up a second flush in some years if you cut the spikes back to the base after flowering.  Because of that, they might well flower again if you cut the broken stems riight back but, because they are young plants, I would leave them as the stems have leaves which are helping to build the roots up for next year.

Last edited: 28 May 2017 20:03:08

Which herb plant is this in our school?

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:51

Horseradish, which looks somwhat similar to a dock?

Hydrangea Scale protection

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:26

Scale insects don't infect the soil but I would mix some blood, fish and bone into the soil according to the directions on the pack to feed the soil before planting another one.

Help with identifying tree and infestation

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:22

It's one of the black sambucus (elder), possibly this one:

The white flecks are dead aphids (blackfly) and he black flecks are the live ones.  Blast them off with the spray attachment on a hose.  If you hang a bird feeder nearby, you may attract tits etc which will eat them for you.

Last edited: 28 May 2017 18:23:24

Plant ID please

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 16:51

They look like forget-me-nots.


Posted: 28/05/2017 at 16:00

It's called fasciation - there are some others in this thread:

Help identifying this weed

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 12:49

I'm pretty certain that's elder (sambucus nigra) but not sure where the 'prickly' come in.

Do the leaves smell pungent when crushed in your fingers?  If so, it's definitely that.

Last edited: 28 May 2017 12:53:35

Are these weeds?

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 11:37

Yes, could well be.  They also look a bit like my jerusalem artichokes which are in the same family but I'd go with heliopsis.

Tasty Green Cucmbers

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 11:34

I'd put it in the shadiest part of your greenhouse, if you have such an area.  It's an F1 variety so will be quite vigorous.  Make sure you keep picking the fruit when it is ready as any left on too long can stop the plant from producing more flowers. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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