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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Worms in every plum

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:10

It's almost certainly plum moth.  Although you can't save this year's crop, now you know the culprit you can take action early next year.  Put up some pheromone traps and as soon as you start to see the right number of male plum moths caught on the sticky paper inside (the traps come with instructions), you can spray against the caterpillars before they burrow into the fruit.  See the RHS advice on dealing with this:


Anyone addicted?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 12:51

A little, yes!  I don't dip into the chat threads much otherwise I might not get anything else done!  I'm on hols for a fortnight and keep dipping-in several times a day instead of hiring that skip or ripping out that old fireplace etc.

Dying Fruit Trees

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 20:18

If there's no sign of Honey fungus, did you have any issues with flooding over the Winter?  If the ground is waterlogged for a long time, tree roots can actually drown and will then rot off.


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:36

The free version of MBAM is completely free forever.  However, you have to make sure that during the installation you uncheck the trial option.  These days even Adobe try and install unwanted stuff (like browser toolbars and Chrome) unless you untick boxes during the installation.  It's a bit sneaky but is now standard behaviour it seems.


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:23

Yes, I bought several varieties of tomato, chilli, pepper, lettuce and beans from them this year.  They are all doing very well indeed.  It was a nice surprise to see how many seeds I was sent for each variety compared with the usual suppliers.


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:21

Glad that seems to have sorted it for you both - I use it at work all the time (usually when one of their children has "borrowed" a colleague's laptop!)

When you do a full clean-up it will remove cookies which may contain usernames/passwords for some of the sites you visit which is why you had to put them in again hogweed.

I agree with salino, too - use add/remove programs to uninstall Java as it's not often used these days.  If you find something stops working after doing that you can always easily download and install it again.

Tomatoe supports

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 00:24

I'd love a wooden one Steve!  One day, maybe..

Can you identify this?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 00:20

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis).  It can be a bit invasive but is useful in very shady areas.  If you decide to keep it, cut the flowers off after they fade or it will seed everywhere. 

Tomatoe supports

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:46

On a steel-framed greenhouse that would be the best thing to do, Steve.

Please identify!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:42

You could stake and tie them up but there is a danger of snapping the stems..

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Cost of bird food

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

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16
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