Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Amount of Compost

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:41

Radius is half the diameter so is 14cm for your 28cm diameter pots and 25cm for your 50cm pots.

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:11

It does help with water retention - before I lined them, water used to leak from between the planks when watering so was never sure it was getting all the way down to the roots.  Water will also evaporate from the surface of permanently damp wood, sucking in more from the soil behind it (via osmosis) so it's definitely worth doing in my experience.

What's killing my Italian Cypress Trees

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:03

Moth caterpillars are the culprit and they spin silk to protect themselves from birds etc.  If you are in the UK then it's likely one of these:

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 14:19

I use compost bags (of which I always have plenty!) turned inside out so they appear black.  I overlap them, stapling them in place on the inside of raised planters using galvanised staples.  Some of my planters made from pressure treated timber are well over 10 years old and the wood is still in good shape.

Shrubs outgrowing space

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 13:27

Luckily, both can be pruned as and when they need it without real detriment.  You might lose a few flowers but both will quickly grow new shoots.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 13:23

Still waiting for some rain here GWRS - I have slug nematodes to water on and the ground is very dry.  I'll carry on outside for now - plenty to do at this time of the year!

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 13:18

I love magnolias!

Here's a bud on a tree peony which isn't very hardy it seems as it has had to regrow from the roots for the last 10 years and consequently has never flowered.  Because of the mild winter it has a few buds this year - the suspense is killing me!

Using shredded ivy

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:45

Personally, I do compost shredded ivy but I'm lucky in that my shredder cuts things very finely and my compost bins get pretty hot.


Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:42

Personally I remove them and shake the old heads over where I want more to grow.  They germinate best from green seeds rather than dried brown ones.

What is eating my actinidia kolomitia

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:38

Hi Richard, you posted while I was typing!  You can get a soil drench called 'vine weevil killer 2' if still available which will kill any larvae present and provado should kill the adults (but crushing them is much more satifying!) There are also nematodes for an environmentally friendly approach.

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: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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