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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Chilli Plant Problems!

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:20

Might be damage from thrips.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:23

Hi all, anyone else suffering from a lack of rain?  Here in South Leicestershire, the grass in the parks is going brown and a lot of even large trees are beginning to wilt.  The soil in the borders and veg beds is dry down to about 6 inches so I need to give the whole garden a good soaking with the sprinker this evening as I can't really plant anything out in these conditions as there is no rain forecast for the next 10 days!


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:16

Adding some kind of support is all you can do Victoria.  They won't transplant unfortunately - I've tried that before and they quickly died.  They may have been blown down by the recent wind or you might even be right about the dog in a way - I occasionally find things flattened and discovered it was a fox trampling things down and making a nice 'bed' for basking in the sun!  I discovered that when the fox jumped out when I was quietly pottering about one afternoon!

Clematis cuttings

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 15:11

I have most success using bottom heat with the cuttings in a similar mix, Dove.  Covered by a plastic bag and placed in a position with no significant amount of direct sun.  A good use of a heated propagator tray at a time when those are normally put away until next January.

What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 13:48

Indeterminate tomatoes will just keep growing until it gets too cold for them or they get diseased.  Commercial growers grow cordons 20 feet tall or more!  If they are cut back and a sideshoot grows from a remaining leaf axil, it can develop into a new plant as you found.

Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 13:41

Hi Sarah, they are scale insects, probably Hazel scale.  You can rub them off.  The white residue are eggs which are about to hatch at this time.  The young larvae then distribute themselves all over the tree, so try and make sure you rub them all off now.  More here from the RHS:


South/west facing wall plants

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:07

I'll echo the recommendation for trained fruit trees - they will love being against a sunny wall and give you that lovely 'cottagey' feel (plus fruit too, of course.)

How to deal with white fungus/mould on apple tree

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:02

That looks like it could be woolly aphid rather than a fungus.  Wooly aphid is very common on apple trees.  Check the RHS advice on it, here:


plants called choc ice

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:40

If you have a very large pot, there's a Japanese flowering cherry tree called 'Chocolate Ice'.

There's also a Nigella (aka Love-in-a-mist') called 'choc ice' which is an annual and suitable for a small pot.

Lily bulbs

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:17

Perfect, Jason.

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.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1175
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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