Latest posts by BobTheGardener

No blossom

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:23

Same here but I know the reason in my case - squirrels have eaten all of the blossom buds.  Some birds will also do this, particularly woodpigeons and bullfinches.

Plant ID needed

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 13:35

Didn't spot the serrations so not so sure what it is now.

Canker or not?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 13:29

Looks like canker to me.  The ants are after sap which will be leaking as it would from any wound but they won't cause any problems themselves.  The tree will eventually die but it may last several years before it succumbs so I would enjoy it until it starts to look unhealthy and then replace it.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 20:27

Pretty good day here, following yesterday's sleet and hail!  Planted a row of maincrop spuds, sowed two dozen squash in pots, potted on the same number tomatoes, sowed dahlia, night scented stock and lettuces.  Sowed 30 runners and 15 climbing beans in pots.   Also some weeding and pulling-up of self-sown forget-me-not which I let grow as ground cover until it gets a bit rampant and starts swamping things.

Plant ID please

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:18

2) Night scented stock I think.

Plant ID needed

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:53

I agree fb - they get everywhere here - don't think I have a single pot which hasn't had a willowherb in it at some stage!

Plant ID help please

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 16:56

1) is an aconitum with forget-me-not growing though it.

Same family as buttercup so somewhat similar leaves at this stage of growth.

Coffee grounds

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 11:54

Either sprinkle it around your borders fairly thinly where it'll add to the organic matter in the soil or add it to the compost heap.  Don't use it as a thick layer of mulch as it forms a fairly hard surface layer which repels water.

Sweet chilli.

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 16:03

Pat, it's possible in a really good summer but they really need to be grown under cover in an average UK one.  They will do fine on an indoor windowsill if you have one that gets sun.  Otherwise perhaps you could knock up a cold frame or similar?  A frame of wood covered with clear polythene or polycarbonate sheet is easy to put together.

fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:45

And remember they need to be pollinated in order to produce fruit and bees can't get though fleece! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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