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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Crazy fungus

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 23:11

Yes, slugs love most mushrooms - even those which are poisonous to us.  I agree with others, it's one of the Boletus types.

Meteor showers

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 23:03

I have an all-sky video camera on my observatory roof and a computer detects and records meteors automatically.  It's been out of action for a while but I fixed it recently, so of course it's been cloudy since!  Here's an old sequence from 2010 I uploaded to youtube though:


Pumpkin problem

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 22:54

If the weather has been hot and dry in your area recently, another possibility is spider mite.  Look at the back of the leaves with a magnifying glass in order to see them.  Cobwebs at the growing tips are another sign but are not always present.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:01

In my garden, the preferred order of consumption for rabbits seems to be: flat-leaved parsley, parsnips, carrots then anything/everything else!  Luckily the foxes and owls seem to be on top this year so no rabbits to be seen!

Help !!!

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:24

Rebecca, you can't paste images directly - use the little green tree icon in the toolbar above the reply box to upload them to this site.

August oddities

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 19:16


nutcutlet wrote (see)

Is it as odd as the one I posted yesterday Bob?

No, that fasciated one was both strange and wonderful!  Here's a photo of the "Foxcubglove":

It really is only 15cm tall (see the aquilegia leaves to the left!)

Oak Tree

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:59

Excellent instructions here:


August oddities

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:53

I have a foxglove in flower which has a spike just 6 inches tall.  It doesn't look like it will get any bigger either.

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:39

Hi David, alliums can do this - some even normally grow mini-bulbs instead of seeds (look up walking onions) on their flower head.  They will grow if you plant them but whether they will grow enough to produce useful size onions before winter is another matter.

Instructions from start to finish on foxglove flowers

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:30

Plant them out now butterfly6.  They are as tough as old boots and will survive anything the winter can throw at them.  Planting now will allow them to grow a more substantial root system and will result in taller flower spikes next year.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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


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

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57
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