Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Spreading weed type plant help identify please

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:13

Does it have white berries on in autumn?  If so, it could be symphoricarpos albus (snowberry) which spreads by suckering roots.  Digging it out, roots and all is probably the best option if it's that.

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:07

How about using the bricks you are digging up to build a low wall around that centre section with the sand, effecively giving you a raised bed?  Add a good 6 inch layer of well-rotted manure and dig it in and you would be able to grow almost anything you like there.  A low brick wall would help define the area.

You've already made a massive improvement so well done!

What is eating my actinidia kolomitia

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:59

Could be adult vine weevils.

Unidentified Shrub/Weed

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:38

It's an ash tree sapling and needs removing as soon as possible or it will be very difficult to get out as they have strong roots.  I have to remove dozens of them every year.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 19:32

Planted the maincrop potatoes, dug out a load of mint roots which had invaded the corner of a veg bed, moved half a dozen strawberries which were growing in the wrong place, sowed runner, two types of climbing and borlotti beans all in deep root trainers.  Did a fair bit of weeding, concentrating on the cleavers which are now going rampant!

What to do with overgrown Eucalyptus

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 13:00

I agree and think cutting them down every few years is the best way to grow these otherwise they can quickly turn into huge monsters - some species sold in the UK can get to nearly 100m tall! 

Gardeners' World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:51

I agree KT53 and found it an enjoyable watch.

replanting chilli

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:49

They'll probably do OK in topsoil as long as you don't keep the soil too wet as they really appreciate good drainage.  Best to mix in a bit of grit or perlite to help with that.

replanting chilli

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:44

The best way to grow chillies is to pot them on to only slightly larger pots several times.  If you put a small plant into a big pot they tend to sulk or even die.  To tell if it's ready, gently tip it out of it's current pot using your fingers over the top of the compost and see if the roots have reached the edge of the pot.  If they have, it's ready to put into a pot one or two sizes bigger (eg from a 9cm to a 11cm diameter pot.)  Keep doing that every few weeks until the roots reach the sides of a 15cm pot, at which point it can go into it's final pot.

Ground Elder

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 20:36

Indeed elspeth, it's either one or the other.  What doesn't work is spraying then not waiting long enough and pulling/digging them up.  If the foliage is removed too quickly, the roots survive and it comes back (which it will do to some extent anyway, so several treatments with glyphosate are usually necessary.)  One needs to wait at least 3 weeks and probably best 5-6 weeks before removing the dead foliage after spraying which should ideally be done when it is growing strongly and flower buds are beginning to develop.

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: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

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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