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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Can I plant bulbs now?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:39

Yes Bev, plant them now.  They will still grow leaves even if they don't flower this year and it is the leaves which feed the bulbs ready for next year's flowers.  Bulbs stored dry will just slowly shrivel and probably die.

Mixed up tomato seedings - cordon vs bush how to tell?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:31

A growing point is the top of the plant or top of a side shoot.  What I really mean is to say is always leave at least one side shoot growing just in case the top of the plant stops growing and turns into a flowering truss instead.  Even cordons should have two growing points for the best crop.

Hopefully you will be able to tell before long once the first fruit ripens - easy if the varieties are very different in size or colour.

Don't start feeding them until the first flowers have set and tiny tomatoes appear.


Mixed up tomato seedings - cordon vs bush how to tell?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:08

I've done the opposite before and grown bush types as cordons and got good crops.  The trick is to ensure that there are always two growing points as on bush types a growing point can end 'blind' or as a flowering truss, so don't be too quick to remove side shoots.  I think this is a better way as if you don't remove any side shoots on indeterminate (cordon) types, they can grow huge and flowering could be delayed so much that the fruit doesn't have time to ripen before the cold weather arrives.

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:47

Looked it up - acers (to my surprise) are almost all insect pollinated!

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:19

Didn't know that nut!

I only grow for the leaves so if mine have flowered, I've just never noticed.

Name that vine

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:53

White Bryony I think Lesley.

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:42

Provado is systemic so spreads throughout the tree when sprayed on the leaves and a systemic type of insecticide is the only one which is really effective against scale insects.  Luckily, acers don't flower so as long as you wait for a windless day there is little chance of harming pollinators and other beneficial insects.


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:37

I grow a fair few including worcesterberry which are just like sweet red gooseberries but on a thornless bush - a massive bonus come picking time!  Cuttings also root incredibly easy - just shove them in the ground.

Have a look at the selection at Chris Bowers where many of mine came from:

I got the 'connoisseur' collection:



Plant identification?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:34

Possibly a chokeberry (Aronia.)   If so, the leaves turn to fantastic shades of red in the autumn.

Broccoli eaten by pest

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:11

I get my butterfly netting from here:

They also do cloche hoops etc at reasonable prices although you can make your own using blue flexible MDPE water pipe which is about 20 quid for 25 metres.  Google 'blue water pipe allotment' for lots of info on that.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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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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