Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Brussels Sprouts and Greyhound Cabbages

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 16:21

Also plant them deep, right up to the first leaves and firm them in well - that is especially important for the brussels to help prevent wind rock which damages the roots so often leads to poor crops or 'blown' sprouts.  Brassicas are not the easiest crops (especially cauliflower and brussels) so good luck from me too.

Mulch bark - when to put it down?

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:57

Andy, you can put mulch down at any time except when the ground is very dry.  I would advise waiting until all the planting is done though as planting through a bark mulch is a bit of a faff.

Last edited: 20 May 2017 14:58:35


Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:47

lizgow, just to let you know my 'Lucky Red' (aka 'Red Lucky' it seems!) have finally started to show signs of life - the buds are now swelling noticably and a leaf has appeared from the largest bud.  How are yours getting on?

Last edited: 20 May 2017 14:48:08

Queen bees

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:36

Great to know you still have plenty of bees and have found a nest!   I have quite a few bird boxes and was delighted to find one of them had been chosen as a bumble bee nest a year or two ago.

Even better to know that you don't use any chemicals in the garden like the majority of other folk here.

Since I stopped using insecticides several years ago the amount of wildlife has increased tremendously and I now often see several kinds of birds devouring aphids from my clematis, roses and other plants which helps keep them in check.  Nature has achieved balance all by itself!


Queen bees

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 13:07

They might just be bumble bee workers which don't live very long.  Queens don't tend to leave the nest once they have laid eggs.  Have a look at this link:


Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:35

More reasons to suspect that London isn't actually part of the rest of the UK then!

Clematis spider

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:32

Spiders are carnivores and don't eat plants.  They eat insects so are a friend in the garden.


Posted: 20/05/2017 at 10:21

Susan, avacados are native to central Mexico so will not survive outside in the UK (assuming that's where you are?)

Problem tomato plants

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 22:03

Sweet Millions is an F1 variety, which means the seeds come from the crossing of two (or more) very specific varieties.  Because you have collected and saved the seed from last year's crop, what you now have is an F2 variety, which is likely to be similar to one of the original parents and not necessarily much like 'Sweet Millions'.

I doubt your compost mix is the problem.  It has been a bit of a cold start to the year though and a bit too cold overnight in an unheated greenhouse for tomatoes so they are probably just sulking and should start to romp away now the night temperatures aren't going down so much.

I would pot them on and bury them up to the first leaves which will allow them to produce more feeding roots from the stem.

Bed of weeds?

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 22:32

1) looks like a thistle of some kind and would have it out.

2) is indeed buttercup - out.

3 looks like flowering quince (Chaenomeles) a keeper.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Wrong variety but happy 
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New greenhouse

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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