Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tomato seedlings no leaves

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 19:45

I once had a mouse in the potting shed 3 or 4 years ago and it nipped the tops off of most of my tomato seedlings, leaving them looking exactly how you describe yours..

Indestructible weeds

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 14:45

It's ground elder.  Treat them with a glyphosate based weedkiller but you MUST then wait until the tops have died down completely (about 6 weeks) or the weedkiller will not have translocated to the roots, which is the bit you really need to kill.  Covering the ground won't help - I found a mat of roots under weed membrane which had been down 10 years!

The most effective time to spray is when they are growing strongly and just about to flower.

They will come back but weaker and if you keep it up you will eventually be rid of it, as long as it isn't coming in via a neighbouring property.

Earthing up spuds with grass clippings

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:30

Yes, as long as you haven't used any products like weedNfeed on your lawn.

Planting strawberries - do they have to be in rows?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:12

I plant mine with about a 30cm gap between plants and about the same 45cm you mention between rows and get good crops.  I think the larger spacings often quoted are probably what farmers use and is a bit excessive for the average garden.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 12:00

Just seen a few butterflies - orange-tip, brimstone and a small tortoiseshell.  Fetched camera, all gone of course!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 20:27

Planted 3 newly arrived climbing roses, put 3 more in temporary pots.  Potted-on 48 tomato plants.  Planted out half a dozen pots each of brodiaea and allium moly.  Refilled the greenhouse borders with a mixture of compost and well-rotted FYM.  Did some weeding and discovered one of the hoses needs replacing.  Also squeezed in bit of pottering and general enjoying of the garden then pricked out about 100 seedlings of various things.  Worn out now but looking forward to a similarly busy day tomorrow! 

Courgettes in raised bed

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 16:19

Too early to plant out - don't risk that until all danger of frosts have gone.  I would keep re-potting them into a slightly larger pots when their roots reach the edge of their current pot until then.  They make big plants - up to about a metre across so would only put one in there but you might get away with two side-by-side if you let them hang over the edge and can keep up with the watering.

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:46

Fingers crossed Lolla!

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:12

Simple - you should never use concentrated feed without diluting it.  Basically, you have poisoned them.

However, if you flush the plants with lots and lots of water they may recover.

Veg near snowdrops

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:09

Poisons cannot transfer from one plant to another so you have absolutely nothing to worry about - you could grow deadly nightshade next to lettuces and still be able to eat the lettuce.

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: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

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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