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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Black spot on rose leaves - help how do I rid?

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:08

Digging them up and planting something else is also a valid solution for some gardens where blackspot is a real problem.  Certain situations just don't suit roses and you can spend the rest of your life fighting nature but only ending up with that awful sight of a garden full of disgusting looking rose foliage every year.  Try some 'resistant' varieties and if those also secumb, my advice would be to give up.  There are lots of lovely flowering and scented shrubs which don't need anything other than a bit of simple pruning at the right time.

Tomatoes

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:55

My favourite for cooking has always been Marmande which always gives me that 'South of France' taste I prefer, although I like Costoluto and Brandywine for this use too.  I don't make thick 'ketchup' consistency sauces though, so varieties with fewer seeds like Roma may be better for that. 

Undoubtedly, 'tough love' is the best way to grow toms - better flavour, less disease. 

cherry tree problem

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:38

Mine never even get that far as the pigeons eat them before they even start changing colour!  Usually the day before I plan to net them, too!

Brassica question

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:34

I did have my doubts but admit to being too lazy to look it up.

Brassica question

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:16

Beetroot is really a brassica so may be affected I feel, Fruitcake.  Haven't seen whitefly on carrots or parsnips as I recall though.

Strawberrys Second Year

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:54

They will also benefit from a bit of fish, blood and bone fertiliser tickling into the soil around them, once the fresh healthy growth Dave mentions starts to appear.  Strawberries always look as you describe at this time of the year, so nothing to worry about.

Brassica question

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:49

Broad beans won't be bothered by whitefly in my experience and won't mind this early a start, although I'd probably begin them in small pots in a cold greenhouse if sowing right now.

Help identifying weeds

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:44

I'd say the first one is red deadnettle not sure about 2 and agree with 3.

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 22:29

If you can find room for Hawthorn in your hedges, those would be ideal.  The thorns provide protection and birds will use the hedges to hide in when cats are about and to build nests.  As a bonus you'll get lovely blossom in May and red berries which the birds love in autumn/winter.  A crabapple will provide food over the winter for blackbirds and also produces fantastic blossom in spring.  There are plenty of other shrubs and trees but those two would be top of my list.

Suggestions for a shady corner

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 21:30

How about putting up a bit of trellis against the fence and growing a clematis or two?  Many, many clematis grow just fine in shade - here are 6 pages worth of them:

http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-will-tolerate-shade/

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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