Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Plante I.D. Please

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 14:59

Looks like an allium of some kind.


Posted: 16/06/2016 at 13:52

Before they bred all of these plastic ones, Cambridge Favourite was probably the best commercial variety and is still one of the tastiest.


Posted: 16/06/2016 at 11:28

I made a 10x6 out of a 6x6 and a 4x6 so it is certainly possible.  Both were alu of uncertain origin but it did require some diy skills.

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 19:05

Doesn't look like blight to me but could be one of the other fungal leaf spots or thrip damage.  Have a look under the leaves to see if you can see any:

If no creatures, make sure you only water the roots, never get water on the leaves and try and improve air circulation if you can.  One way of doing that is moving the plants further apart so the leaves from adjacent plants never touch.

Do I need to pinch out these dahlia seedlings?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 21:47

Yes, I would.  They need more light and less heat which is why they are etoliated (a fancy word for tall and thin due to lack of light!)  Pinch them out carefully right at the top and only if they have 2 or more sets of true leaves (ie ignore the lowest pair of seed leaves.)

Last edited: 14 June 2016 21:49:23

Leaning logs in a wildlife pond

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 21:43

carburettor (English spelling) the other one is US/Canadian.

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Fruitless Pear Tree

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 14:23

Same here on all 3 pear trees so probably the weird weather causing more "June drop" than usual.

Some IDs

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 14:13

Yes, the 1st is a foxglove and the last pic is a teasel. Oh, you sneaked another pic in! "Lettuce" one is teasel.

Last edited: 14 June 2016 14:16:45

Climbing french beans

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 19:12

Slugs and snails don't often leave visible trails and they are the most likely culprit.  Try a beer trap near them and you'll know for sure.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 21:41

A bit tricky to see the lower ones but the one near the top, slightly to the right looks like a female and should develop into a fruit.

Yes, I think you need a bit more patience - the plant looks nice and healthy though.

Last edited: 12 June 2016 21:42:35

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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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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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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