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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:19

Didn't know that nut!

I only grow for the leaves so if mine have flowered, I've just never noticed.

Name that vine

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:53

White Bryony I think Lesley.

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:42

Provado is systemic so spreads throughout the tree when sprayed on the leaves and a systemic type of insecticide is the only one which is really effective against scale insects.  Luckily, acers don't flower so as long as you wait for a windless day there is little chance of harming pollinators and other beneficial insects.


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:37

I grow a fair few including worcesterberry which are just like sweet red gooseberries but on a thornless bush - a massive bonus come picking time!  Cuttings also root incredibly easy - just shove them in the ground.

Have a look at the selection at Chris Bowers where many of mine came from:

I got the 'connoisseur' collection:



Plant identification?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:34

Possibly a chokeberry (Aronia.)   If so, the leaves turn to fantastic shades of red in the autumn.

Broccoli eaten by pest

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:11

I get my butterfly netting from here:

They also do cloche hoops etc at reasonable prices although you can make your own using blue flexible MDPE water pipe which is about 20 quid for 25 metres.  Google 'blue water pipe allotment' for lots of info on that.

Broccoli eaten by pest

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:52

If the whole plant and stem is gone, then rabbits are favourite.  If just the leaves have gone, likely woodpigeons.  Butterfly netting will protect against pigeons and the dreaded cabbage white butterfly caterpillars as long as you keep the netting a few inches away from the plants.  Rabbits will probably chew through plastic netting though.  For courgettes, molluscs are the main enemy.

Sparrows Stripping Chard

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:48

Are you sure it's the sparrows?  They might be after aphids with the real damage actually being done by pigeons which do eat lefy greens.  Woodpigeons in particular can strip a whole row of young veg plants in just minutes, the rotters!

Help! My lovely Apple tree has got a rust looking patch on the bark

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:40

Not a lot but it might still recover - tree have immune systems just like us.  I would trim the snag back and keep my fingers crossed.

Beetroot Leaves Brown

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:37

Odd, none of my installed anti-virus and anti-malware reports any issue. 

The check by the best online checking system, Virus Total:

checks it out as OK.  It's possible an advert on the site is a problem, but I don't see any of those as I use an adblocker.

BTW, I'm an IT professional in my day job so I do check these things out.

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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