Latest posts by BobTheGardener

New Strawberries

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 10:08

I also ignore the perceived wisdom and let mine fruit in their first year.  The only time I'd remove flowers in the first year is if they were small and weak plants but I stopped buying from suppliers who send small sized strawberry plants so don't have that problem now.  

Growing Onions

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 09:56

I would.  Lift each whole bunch and separate them as gently as you can then plant the onions about 4" (10cm) apart.  They won't come to much as they are so even though you will get some root damage by digging them up, they should still produce useable size onions by the end of the season.

Growing asparagus

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 18:57

Leave them.  They will turn into ferns which will feed and help to build up the roots.  The ferns are the 'leaves' of asparagus and are what the plants use to photosyntesize food from air, water and sunlight. .

Plant id - keep or pull up?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 19:52

That looks like another type of willowherb to me.  I get several sorts growing here and  one of them does indeed have soft hairs.

Edit: check Epilobium hirsutum (Great willowherb):

Last edited: 25 May 2016 19:54:48

Is this fungi? Do I condemn the tree?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 19:48

The only encouraging news I can give is that one of mine had exactly the same dieback and discolouration but only on one branch, which I removed by cutting back into healthy wood.  It survived and is now growing well.  I've kept an eye on it for the last 3 or 4 years and removed any sign of the condition which did appear on some small branches and it seems to be working.

Melon and Cucumber plants growing very slowly

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:56

It depends on where you are and where the plants are.  In most of the UK it's too cold to grow any of these outside yet but they should all be fine in an unheated greenhouse.  Once any cucurbit species gets too cold their growth will slow down substantially, known as 'getting checked'.  Once temperatures (partcularly overnight) start to climb they will start to grow at a more normal rate again although it may take a few weeks for them to get over the shock while plants which have been kept in conditions more to their liking will quickly overtake any 'checked' plants.

What is this plant?

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 00:32

It's perennial cornflower (Centaurea montana) aka great blue-bottle.

Yellow columbine help!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:24

I agree with nut, cut it right back to the ground.  If whatever lurgy it has is only affecting the leaves, it will send up new ones and although it won't flower again this year, it will hopefully survive with the fresh set of leaves.

Help identifying plants!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:14

The first one is Thale Cress rather than one of the Bitter Cresses.  One of the fastest growing plants there is - from germination to seed production in 4-6 weeks!


Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:46

I'm hardening off mine now and will be planting them out next weekend (Leics.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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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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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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