Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pest on Apple Trees

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 23:51

Scale insects, just like aphids, suck sap and excrete sugars which they can't digest and it is that which the ants are after.  Try grease bands on the trunks of your trees which should stop the ants climbing up them.  Once you prevent the ants 'farming' the aphids and carrying them to the new young growth, then you can try knocking the aphids off with a hose spray or, as you suggest, spray them with a soft soap solution.

Pest on Apple Trees

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 21:51

Agree and definitely need dealing with before they release young which is usually at about the beginning of June.  For large ones like that, I usually just scrape them off by hand - messy but effective. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 21:44

Replaced 2 long hoses and shifted over 30 bags of manure and compost from the front of the house to the back.  Did a lot of watering as it's been quite a while since any decent rainfall and lots of things were very dry.  Prepared the runner/climbing bean trench.  Pricked out a few seedlings.

Metal paint suggestions please

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 15:33

I agree with Dove, Hammerite is reliable long-lasting stuff and you can get a smooth type in white.

Remember to get rid of any old flaking paint and rust using a wire brush and emery paper before you paint it though.

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 13:38

Some beauties there, BM!

Small tree to cheer up a driveway?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 13:35

Willows are not a good choice as you suspect.  How about an amelanchier?  You can grow them as multi-stemmed shrubs or as small trees.  Interest most of the year, good for wildlife:

What is this weed all over my lawn?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 11:29

Those look like sycamore tree seedlings.  They won't survive a regular mowing but don't leave it too long as they grow fast!

Dune like plants?!

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 11:26

If it is normally a bit wet, those could be sedges.  Sedge leaves are triangular in cross-section if you cut one.

Gorgeous geranium - identification?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 09:20

Cuttings for tender geraniums (pelargoniums) like that one are very easy, Chapps.  Cut a few sections about 4 to 5 inches long, strip all of the lower leaves just leaving a few small ones at the top and place them around the edge of a pot of gritty compost.  Water once and leave in a warm place out of full sun and they should develop roots in a few weeks.

Dune like plants?!

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 09:13

We are going to need some photo's Bobby, one of a whole plant and a close-up of the leaves.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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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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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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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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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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