Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Preparation and planting for Japanese Pine Seeds

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:46

I've grown Scots pine from seed and it was pretty easy, so might work for you.  I simply filled a pot with seed compost, watered it, sowed the seeds on the surface and covered with about a quarter of an inch of grit.  They were then left outside and randomly germinated over a few months.  Somewhere around 20% of the seeds germinated if I recall.

Wheelbarrow Tyre

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 19:01

I used something called 'slime' which is a bike tyre sealant.  It is supposed to be able to repair holes of up to 3mm.  However, if I don't use the barrow for a few weeks the tyre does go soft so it's not perfect.

Last edited: 19 March 2017 19:01:45

Bee-kind test

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 18:56

You're right Watery, the main thing is to have a succession of bee-friendly flowers so that there is always something in bloom throughout the year.  That might be possible with just a dozen or so different species if you choose them carefully. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:43

Peppers and tomatoes sown on the heated bench today.  I was supposed to be limiting myself this year but still managed about 20 varieties when I counted them afterwards!

Dahlias for newbies

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:58

They are widely available as bare roots - check you garden centre or Wilkos etc.  They usually have a picture on the packet.  Here's a page with some orange varieties to look out for:

Last edited: 19 March 2017 14:59:52

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:54

Lovely, VS!

Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:51

Here you go sheps:

Stabilising a clay bank 2

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:47

Some grasses are much better than others for erosion control and you see them on steep banks surrounding ancient castles.  Check this page under 'steep slopes' for some suitable types:

Wildflower ID help please

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 13:09

#1 is Musk mallow (Malva moschata)

#2 looks like Geum urbanum but could be another geum

#3 & 4 could be evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

#5 is probably common primrose (Primula vulgaris)

Last edited: 19 March 2017 13:11:39

Shallow rooted hedge

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 13:02

I'd have the leylandii out now, before they become larger when mainenance will become quite a chore.  Privet is relatively shallow rooted and much easier to trim.

Last edited: 19 March 2017 13:03:32

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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