Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Weed is taking over my garden, need ID!

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 18:51

Did it have orange flowers in June/July?  If so it's likely Pilosella aurantiaca (aka Orange Hawkweed or  Fox & cubs) which spreads by underground runners as well as seed.  Can be tricky to control.

Chillies & peppers

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 21:36

I doubt it but they will both freeze well.  I just open-freeze and don't bother with blanching.

Last edited: 02 October 2017 21:37:49

Identification please

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 19:13

It's an amaranthus caudatus (Love-lies-bleeding) I think.

Last edited: 01 October 2017 19:13:58

Japanese anemone

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 17:34

My experience is the same as Pansyface - 6 (3 different varieties) planted 2-3 years ago, now no sign whatsoever!


Posted: 01/10/2017 at 12:18

In a word, yes.   To lessen the chances of blight next year, try and improve ventilation in the tunnel and only water the pots, keeping the foliage as dry as possible.

ID needed

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 12:08

plant #2 is a corn cockle seedhead I think, Papi.

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 21:26

I assumed the 'desert island' was meant in the usual sense of these things and not literally, so if I only had the choice of 3 tools to use in the garden I would choose a border fork, a hand trowel and secateurs as I use only those for 99% of my gardening work. 


Posted: 30/09/2017 at 21:20

It's the bonemeal not the blood (which mainly supplies nitrogen) which has the phosphorous.  Many vegetarians have no issue with consuming fish based products so if you fall into that category you could look for fish-bone meal which is available.

Last edited: 30 September 2017 21:21:11

Possible Disease on my tree

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 19:09

Likely Brown scale:

The adults never move once they attach themselves to the bark.  I've found physical removal with a stiff brush and/or plastic scraper to be the best initial approach on small trees.  A bucket of warm soapy water will help.

Last edited: 30 September 2017 19:09:55

Too propagate or not

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 14:11

Propagators are great for germinating seeds early but you must have somewhere else warm and with excellent light to grow the seeds on after removing them from the propagator.  Leaving them in there too long is the most common mistake and leads to tall etoliated seedlings which have little chance of survival and usually make poor plants.  I use those cheap long 'windowsill' module trays with a clear plastic cover  (from Wilco etc) for growing on and those go into the conservatory then greenhouse once it is warm enough.  Seeds are sown into the small 6-plant module trays which can then be removed from the propagator as soon as the variety in that particular tray has germinated, leaving the other small trays with different seeds in until they germinate.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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