Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Gas heater in GH

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:07

Gas or paraffin will always create condensation as it's a product of burning hydrocarbons (the other being mainly carbon dioxide.)  The only thing you can do is ventilate.  The best way to heat a GH is by a temperature controlled electric fan heater but that means having a supply to the GH of course which isn't always easy.

Honey fungus

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 20:23

Snap, nut!

Honey fungus

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 20:22

If it was present, I'd expect to see black bootlace-like strands in the soil (rhizomorphs) and in between the bark and heartwood of the stump.  If you didn't see anything like that, there's a fair chance it was a mis-diagnosis.  Have you lost any other woody plants and shrubs in the general area?

Honey fungus

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 18:40

This factsheet contains lists of susceptible, resistant and immune plants, trees and shrubs:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 22:24

Absolutely lovely day and did so many things that I can't remember them all but am certainly worn out!  Things I can remember are removing all of the old compost from my greenhouse borders and putting it on the veg plot after clearing that of weeds.  Lots of pricking out seedlings including several dozen each of lobelia, antirrhinum & petunia, planting 2 clematis and repotting 2 more, potting on lots of strawberry runners and planting out lots of perennials which were overwintered in the GH and cold frame. Phew!

Was surprised at how hot the sun was, or maybe it was the effect of carrying several dozen bags bags of compost and manure around?!

Digging up a dead plum tree

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 20:27

When you cut the top off, leave a good length of main trunk to use as leverage to help in getting the roots out.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 20:21

Found my first one this year on a madonna lily:

Help I think they have sent the wrong clematis

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:51

Complain, attaching a photo and (with luck), you'll get to keep that and get what you asked for.

Garden photos April

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:20

Hi all, I can't seem to find the garden photos thread so though I'd start a new one based on the month to help people pick plants when planning.

I'll kick off with my raised front garden which I revamped (read: de-weeded!) in late winter and planted lots of spring bulbs.  All the hard work is paying off:

Let's see your April garden photo's folks!

Mystery plant

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:06

It is a poppy, swedboy, but an annual type.  Might be an opium so could have large flowers.

Last edited: 02 April 2017 16:06:46

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: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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