BobTheGardener


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Is this chick weed?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 19:04

I agree, could easily also be speedwell.  I'm 'blessed' with the ivy-leaved version which is at the same stage right now.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 18:46

Cesar Milan?

Seriously, I think Nick Hamilton (Geoff's son) would be a great addition and would love to see him have a 5 minute slot within the main programme.

Shredded pine leaves....

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:35

Don't see why not Zoomer.  The needles are acidic while fresh and during decomposition but become neutral once fully rotted.  As long as the bulk of the compost is ericaceous and you also use an ericaceous feed, they should be fine.

polyanthes tuberosa

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:21

I grew them indoors and the scent was wonderful.  I kept the bulbs for 2 or 3 more years but they never flowered again despite lots of tlc.  Plenty of leaves but that was it.  Even repotted half of them and added high-potash feed.. Grow them on a very sunny windowsill or in a conservatory, enjoy for that year and then chuck 'em away is my advice.

Seed ID please

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 14:22

Could the large ones be from a peony of some type? 10mm seeds are few and far between in most gardens.

Roses

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 19:36

Any recent soft growth will be killed by the frosts we are now getting and cutting back now may promote even more if we get another mild spell so I would advise waiting until the usual time. 

Football

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 22:48

Plenty of goals in that one David!  The Foxes still not showing any signs of the much predicted 'slide down the table' either!

Rose hips- culinary varieties

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 20:01
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I've made rose hip wine. It tasted a bit too much like rose hip syrup for my taste. Maybe I put too much sugar in. A lot of home-made wine recipes are over sweet for my taste

Although I don't drink much these days, in my wine making era I always used high alcohol tolerant yeast which helped cut down the sweetness (but resulted in producing 'sleeping draught' wine at 14 degrees proof!)

Another 'trick' was to add a bit more water and re-ferment if the original wine was too sweet.  That also resulted in a rather high alcohol content though.

white fly in greenhouse..help please!

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 20:52

Have alook here for ideas.  It's an American site but the advice and methods are equally valid here:

http://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/houseplant-pests/whitefly-control/

If the sweet williams are the only plants in there, personally I would sacrifice them to the compost heap and use a sulphur candle to sterilize the GH.  You really don't want this destructive pest around when you start raising plants in the spring.

Stabilising a clay bank

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 16:58

Another plant worth considering is Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle) which is an evergreen and will spread by rooting where it touches the ground.  Here is an article about using it on slopes:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/10709197/The-perfect-plant-for...-ground-cover.html

I've seen this successfully used on 45 degree clay banks in shade where grass wouldn't grow.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

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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Plant ID quizzes

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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