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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Spent bulbs

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 16:08

If you tip out the contents of all of the pots intact and put them in (say) a wooden (or cardboard at a push) box lined with an empty compost bag, maintain watering and let the leaves die down naturally, all of the bulbs you mention will be good for next year.  If you remove the leaves they won't be able to build-up the bulb and almost certainly won't flower next year.

Home made Tomato Food

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 15:40

Nice one Edd.  That might just be a reason for me to start a wormery!  I 've used comfrey tea extremely successfully for many years... but it doesn't half whiff!

problems with seeds

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 15:37

It might be but could be low temperatures at night.  My greenhouse stays several degrees warmer at night than my poly tunnel according to identical max-min thermometers.  Tomatoes and cucumbers in particular don't like going below 5C as an absolute minimum and preferably 10C.  The other thing might be light, depending on what type of poly tunnel you have.  Mine is the type with green reinforcing mesh and it definitely gets less light inside than the greenhouse and that is important early in the year when plants are just starting off.

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 13:32

Managed to take a photo of a Small Blue (I think!)  today - first shot I've ever managed with the wings part open - they are tricky blighters as they don't land for long and usually keep their wings closed when they do!





Help to identify please.

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 11:18

It might be Fat Hen (Chenopodium album.)  An easy weed to pull up but don't let it seed.


Posted: 04/05/2015 at 11:09

I also think it's likely scale insect, probably Brown Scale.  RHS control advice here:

With a reasonably small tree like that I would rub them off by hand.  At this time of the year, underneath each one will be hundreds of eggs (that's the white waxy stuff peeping out at one end of each scale.)  In about June these will hatch and run all over the tree, so tackle it now.



Posted: 04/05/2015 at 08:54

I agree.  Dahlias sprout new shoots from the remaining stem rather from the tubers.

nettle fertiliser

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 23:26

Yes, no problem there.  They could also go on the compost heap if you have one.

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 15:01

They could always sneak it in by choosing 5 names which make up Diana.  Doris Ivy Agnes Noreen Alberta.


Posted: 03/05/2015 at 14:27

Yay!  10mm of much needed rain overnight here in Leics.  Heavy showers today - just got pretty wet travelling from GH to potting shed (have enough potting-on to keep me busy until it gets dark.)  The potatoes will love it at this critical stage in their development.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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