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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:46

I think you are a refined, well dressed, gentleman Verdun but are notorious for being either two hours early or two hours late (depending on the time of the year) when you arrange to meet people!  

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:39

Hi all, Just went down the garden to pick a couple of apples to make an apple crumble only to find they have all gone!   I know it is grey squirrels as I spotted one running off carrying an apple last weekend but thought with about 20 left on the trees they would only take a few.  Wrong!  Now I have a bowlful of freshly made crumble topping and absolutely nothing to put it on.  Will have to go to the shops and buy some fruit now!    

Clocks go forward tonight

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:26

And don't forget that you must prune all of your shrubs just before they flower, lift dahlias in late spring, store over the summer and only ever plant them into frozen or waterlogged ground.  Tulips should be lifted in November of course and planted on midsummer day, as should bare-roots trees (not forgetting to prune those down to below the graft), Verdun!   Your garden should be quite a sight following such sage advice.  

Before the darkness

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:16

This is one of my 'pet peeves'.  Not all of us can adjust our individual natural body clocks easily and it takes me weeks to adjust.  This one isn't so bad but when we lose an hour's sleep I feel tired for about 2 months and it affects my performance at work for the first hour of every day.  Roll on retirement when I can tell the government 'clock elves' to get stuffed!

Fruit bushes and trees

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 18:51

Agree with Deacons about the trees.  For red/blackcurrant bushes, see this thread:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/fruit-andamp-veg/moving-blackcurrant-bush/5630.html

 

why do bananas spell?

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 18:46

 To get to the other side?

Animal monitoring device

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 18:39

Ben, press Enter after the link to make it clickable.  If you edit your other post and do that before anyone replies, you'll fix it.

Tree id please

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 18:36
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I'm looking at the slimmer trunk out to the right and wondering if the big tree is the rootstock tree. The bit on the right has reddish leaves

My thoughts exactly, nut!  Folks, that's what happens if you don't remove growth from beneath the graft union on a grafted tree..

Tippers: I'd have no qualms in felling the whole thing and replacing it with a tree you like - the red-leaved bit will never make a nice shape now, no matter how it is pruned.

Leaf damage - whitefly? Sawfly?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 18:55

Yep, looks like whitefly damage to me.  The larvae are sap-suckers, just like greenfly only much smaller.

ID please

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 18:49

The site doesn't support that (yet) Matt.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 22:29

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

Oops!

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

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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