BobTheGardener


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Blood Fish and Bone``

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 11:02

Newboy2, parsnips prefer a deeper soil and will benefit from the new bed so I would grow those in it.

BFB is neutral valerie but while it will be of some benefit you need to use a proper ericaceous feed for acid-loving plants like blueberries.  Acid soil prevents the take-up of some nutrients and ericaceous feeds are formulated in a way that acid-loving plants can use them.

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 09:46

Those hedges are one of the few things I really don't like in his garden.  For me, they limit access and visibility too much.  I also keep noticing the poor condition of them because of box blight and really wish he'd just give up and rip them out!  I don't find 'mini' hedges at all attractive in any garden situation but then again I do hate trimming the damn things so might be just a wee bit biased!

Horseradish under my fruit trees

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 18:43

If you happen to dig up a lost time machine, the ancient Romans are quite partial to those two.

Problems with butternut squash

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 00:05

It hasn't been a good year for squashes in general, as noted by several forum members, me included.  I suspect that the rot started in the flower before it fell off the end of your squashes.  I manually remove the dead flowers to try and minimise this on both squashes and courgettes but it's not always successful, especially if it's cool and wet soon after the fruit has set.

Unknown plant

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 23:55

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Plant ID please

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 18:44

I'd also say it's a tickseed of some kind, maybe Coreopsis lanceolata which is one of the weedy ones.

Edit: I think Nut has it (as usual!)

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:44

I find them all amazing Jo, in fact the whole metamorphosis process is absolutely mind-blowing!

What is '1 tuber'?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:40

Don't be tempted to split dahlias into separate tubers C3k (just in case you were considering that.)  They only shoot from the remaining part of the stem in the middle.  Tubers separated without part of that stem attached just rot away.  However, in spring when the new shoots appear, you can cut the shoots off and they will usually take root fairly easily, a good way to get more identical plants.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:33

I think the dark one is White Ermine moth (the thin line down the back is the giveaway.)   Not sure about Mr ginger - possibly Ruby Tiger moth or Sycamore moth.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 01:49

It's the caterpillar of the Pale Tussock moth (Dasychira pudibunda),both moth and caterpillar are beauties!

http://www.uksafari.com/paletussock.htm

 

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

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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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

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
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