Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:04

I agree Wintersong - fantastic time of the year!

Part of the jungle and some close-ups:

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:56

A couple of photos from today:

What is flowering now in your garden?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:32

Just shows how different places have their own seasons.  Like nut, my aquilegias are still in full bloom but so are most of the foxgloves.  Also half of the delphiniums are blooming and about half of the oriental poppies have opened.  One Hesperis M. Alba is close to finishing but the other which is in part shade is in full bloom.  Lots of clematis now and the odd anemone blanda is still in flower.  Hundreds of Welsh poppies which I spent yesterday removing to make way for other stuff, but don't seem to have made much of a dent - happy yellow and orange faces still everywhere! 

Blueberry Issues!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:05

Hi Alison, that was the case with mine - it didn't recover.  Many of the leaves had already dropped off by the time I noticed, a sure sign of waterlogging.  As the leaves on yours don't sound too bad, it might just have dried out a bit too much earlier in the year.  If the fruit isn't getting any bigger, you may as well remove it and let the plant put its energy into fresh leaves and stems for next year. 

geum mrs bradshaw

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:40

If you keep snipping off each bloom as soon as it has dropped it's petals, you can prolong the flowering season by quite some time as new buds will soon form.  If you allow seed pods to form, it will stop flowering.


What on my plant and how to solve it

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:28

Yes Red - the pests only affect the leaves and don't enter the soil.  What sort of plant is it?  Looks a bit like a pepper or chilli.

Blueberry Issues!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:25

If the leaves still look good and healthy, it might just have got a bit dry at a critical stage when the fruit set.  If so, the crop will be poor this year but the bush should be fine.  If the leaves look a bit small or sick, then further investigation may be needed - I lost one of mine earlier this year as the pot had become a bit waterlogged - when I gave the stem a gentle tug, the bush came up and I could see most of the roots had rotted.  While they don't like drying out, waterlogging will kill them.  The other possibility if leaves are affected is vine weevil, but you'd probably need to tip it out of the pot to look for the C-shaped white grubs.

Broken guitar for gardening

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:18

Looks really great!  How about growing some string beans up it?

I'll get me coat!

What on my plant and how to solve it

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:13

Looks like greenfly (aphids.)  Easiest thing is to spray them with a dilute solution of washing-up liquid - just a few drops in a pint (0.5l) hand sprayer should do it.  Check once a week and spray again if necessary.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:09

Giving advice on ventilation depends on where it's sited, but it is rather low in the container which won't be helping.  You can improve drainage by adding horticultural grit to the soil, so you could help with both things by gently digging the plant up (trying not to damage any roots), then mix enough grit in with the compost in the container so that the soil height is increased to about an inch below the top of the sides.  Then re-plant it and put the slate back on top.  The plant will then get a bit more air.

If you do that, it might be worth removing all of the soil from the container befor you mix in the grit and making sure there are plenty of drainage holes drilled into the bottom - those are absolutely crucial.


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 327
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 307
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 169
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! 
Replies: 3    Views: 157
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 473
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 283
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 544
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Replies: 4    Views: 365
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
Replies: 10    Views: 446
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
Replies: 3    Views: 213
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39


Polytunnel growing 
Replies: 16    Views: 520
Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
Replies: 13    Views: 527
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
Replies: 48    Views: 3865
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
Replies: 31    Views: 1619
Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
Replies: 5    Views: 485
Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
1 to 15 of 24 threads