Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Manure Problem

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 12:37

Looks pretty well rotted to me, sea17 and I'd have no worries planting brassicas into the ground you dug it into.  If it smells like earth and not dung then it'll be fine.

Aphids on my wineberries? (and what to do if so?)

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 12:33

Yes, aphids.  Blast them off using the 'jet' setting on a hose spray.  The aphids won't have caused the blackened leaves though - that was probably frost damage.

plant ID please

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:48

First one is a foxglove.  The second one I'm not so sure about but the bud looks like it may be a poppy of some kind.


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:33

Agree with fidget.  The suppliers are a bit naughty sending bare root trees out so late and I have a couple of 'Lucky Red' bare root magnolias sent about then which are still alive (thumbnail test as above) but are still dormant.  I suspect they were kept in cold storage.  If so, they will just be behind and as long as regularly watered should wake up eventually.

Mysterious mint eater

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:38

Rabbits, woodpigeons?

Last edited: 13 May 2017 10:38:52

Is it to late to sow Sweet Pepper seeds?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:20

You're welcome sea17.  Let's hope for a good summer and some tasty crops!


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:09

It's one of the easier brassicas, bookmonster.  If you have woodpigeons about then you'll need to protect the young plants or they'll quickly be gobbled up.  Other than that I don't have any problems with them.  Note that they grow fast and some varieties go a bit woody if left to grow too large (picked at tennis ball size is best) so I sow several batches a few weeks apart.  They are hardy enough to be planted out now but harden them off for a week first.

Shallow dishes of Water

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:39

Thanks Mark, will do!

Shallow dishes of Water

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 23:29

The next night & day:

Shallow dishes of Water

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 22:56

Here's a video of my ground-level birdbath taken over one night and one day with a trailcam.  It's a series of half-second long still photos merged together.  I call the rat who appears 'Stumpy' - most of his tail is missing (no doubt taken by one of the other larger creatures which appear!)

I'll probably make more of these.

Last edited: 12 May 2017 22:56:39

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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New greenhouse

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Border design by Spanish bluebells

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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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