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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pear tree

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 00:34

Keep it watered for the rest of the year Baza so it can establish - once a week is about right.  Stake it if you haven't already as this prevents wind rock which stops the roots developing properly.  Also keep an eye out for orange spots (pear rust) appearing on leaves and pick off any leaves which show it.  Assuming it's a young tree, you will need to prune it in winter to help it develop a good productive shape - see the RHS advice here:



Acer tree help - drooping

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 19:12

Is that a frog or toad in the pot, behind the soil meter?

Edit: just looked at the first pic and can see it's a plastic one!

how do you upload a picture

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 19:08

It's down to which default browser your device uses.  Some have reported that Google Chrome works OK on some Android phones/tablets, so try that.

Tulip type name?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 18:46

That's known as a 'double', so google for 'double fringed tulips' and you should find several types which look similar.  I'd hazard a guess that it is 'Sensual Touch'.


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 18:41

It depends on how 'strong' your comfrey liquid is.  A good rule of thumb is to dilute it so that the result looks like weak tea.

Any ideas what these are?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 15:02

The one on the left is a tree seedling, possibly sycamore and the one on the right looks like one of the willowherbs, so I would say both are weeds.  Definitely no peppers there.

Mystery plant

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 22:06

Looks a bit like Ragwort, but there are some wild poppies with leaves like the first photo although the shoot in the 2nd photo looks more like Oxeye daisy - is that shoot part of the same plant or one growing through it?

Plant ID (geum/buttercup)

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:59

Definitely remove them before any seeds are produced as those survive in the ground for decades.  The main reasons it takes over are that it continues growing over the winter and spreads by runners which are usually just below or on the surface.  I've been battling it for 30 years, never letting it seed but everytime I turn the soil new seedlings appear..

Mysterious plant

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:47

I depends where you grow it Ryan.  Each plant produces thousands of seeds and in the wrong place (like my veg plot!) it becomes a bit of a nightmare requiring constant hoeing.

Plant ID (geum/buttercup)

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:08

The plant just in front of the grassy one in the first photo is a geum but the rest are buttercups.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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New trees 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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