Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tomato plant problems

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 09:10

Plants do need a dark period for photosynthesis to work properly.  Some info. here:

Cucumbers and pollination (La Diva???)

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 21:41

It's an F1 hybrid 'all female' type.  However, these types can still produce male flowers (no 'mini cucumber' behind the flower) which should be removed otherwise pollination can occur resulting in a bitter fruit.

Conifer mulch

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 21:32

You don't really need to worry about it taking nitrogen when used as a surface mulch, Judith.  If you wanted to mix it with the soil to improve the soil structure, that's when you could come across this problem.


Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:53

The first one could be a few things.  The second is pulmonaria by the look of it.

What to with blackcurrant plant in pot

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:03

They really need to be planted into the garden and don't do very well in pots, Sue.  You could try it in a very large one (50cm+) using a John Innes #3 compost or garden soil mixed with well rotted manure but it would need a lot of looking after (regular watering and feeding.)

Mulching with woodchips

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 18:58

The thing to avoid is digging fresh woodchips or sawdust into the soil as these will deplete the nitrates.  Used as a surface mulch they are fine.


Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:46

I usually leave parsnips in the ground until they are needed - they then last right until spring.  The leaves will die over winter and if you see new leaves forming in the spring, pull them up and use them quick as they will go to flower and turn woody very quickly.

Hammamalis Death

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:36

Mine succumbed to Honey fungus which is present in my garden and to which they are very susceptible.  Fingers crossed it's not that.

mini iris

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:31

Iris reticulata?  Assuming they still have leaves, remove them intact with as much root as possible and replant them into a pot.  Give them a feed and keep them watered as needed until the leaves die down naturally.  At that point you can stop watering and leave the pot somewhere sheltered and out of the way (eg under a bush.)  Bring it out next spring, water it and, with luck they'll flower again.  They aren't completely hardy in parts of the UK so there's always a chance you'll not see them again.

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:22

It could be that the infra red LEDs aren't working Philippa.  I have 2 trailcams, one is a Swann and picks up mice and even the odd insect at night but the other one (a Bushnell and a fair bit more expensive) doesn't catch anything smaller than a cat.

I'm sure the supplier will sort it out - fingers crossed!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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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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