Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Who wants to see a Ring Necked Parakeet and a nosey Robin?

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 18:55

That doesn't work in this case Lyn.  The Facebook link copied from the address bar in a browser contains odd characters which screw things up.

Grafting different apple branches onto an apple tree.

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 23:10

Yes you can but it isn't easy and 'scion' grafts often fail.  Try bud grafting (aka chip budding) which is a lot easier but you will have to wait longer for new wood to develop to the fruiting stage.

Do a bit of googling for 'grafting apple trees' and there are also videos on youtube which should help.

Who wants to see a Ring Necked Parakeet and a nosey Robin?

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 22:09

Right-click the video on your facebook page and select 'show video URL' then copy and paste it.   Not exactly obvious!

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 21:22

Ro4, stuff as much comfrey or nettles into a bucket as you have or can and then add enough water to submerge.  There are no hard and fast rules. 

Storm Katie VS Lilac

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:24

That doesn't look too bad at all!   I would remove that old large branch and probably the smaller one to it's left which is also leaning over the lawn.  There seem to be plenty of younger shoots from the base which will replace it.  Give the rest a fairly hard prune and I think it'll be fine.

Storm Katie VS Lilac

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:01

If the storm has broken some of the roots, it will be unlikely to ever re-establish itself solidly in the future even if you stake it, unfortunately.  If you decide to do that, I would completely remove the old branch you mention.  Any chance of uploading a photo of the tree in it's present condition?  That would help us in suggesting a course of action.

Edit: just saw Dave's post - yes, they can take a heavy pruning which I would also advise but do be aware that lilacs can produce a lot of suckers after a hard prune.

Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 16:53

Does the field have boundary hedges?  If not, that's where I would start as they will provide shelter from the wind and a better microclimate which will allow you to grow a wider range of plants and shrubs.  You need some focal points too, so consider planting some trees.  Some folk here have very large gardens which they created from scratch so hopefully will be able to give additional advice.

Bleeding Cherry Tree

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 16:43

That's a tough ask for any tree Allspotz but hollies are a pretty good all-rounder if you like them.  Personally, I would try and improve the drainage by digging in a lot of grit, adding some ericaceous compost and trying an Amelanchier:

Lovely small trees for gardens.


Cactus dying

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 15:02

It's a 'Christmas cactus' Hazel.  Have a look at this RHS link for care:


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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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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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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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

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

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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