Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fruit cage parts

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 18:37

16mm fittings are used in aquarium plumbing - just another area to research if you can't find the bits you need, for example:


unknown plant from a mixed packet

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 18:31

I grew that once nut, also from a seed mix (bee & butterfly I think.)  Unfortunately, I can't remember if I identified it or not!

plant identification

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:58

Yes, if it's coconut sized too, then good chance of that Philippa.

Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:55

Check them before burning KEF as they may still be stuffed with money belonging to the other 99%!

White latex type threads

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:51

Honey fungus produces black rhizomorphs which look like boot laces (hence the common name of bootlace fungus.)  These are usually visible under the bark of infected stumps and also radiate out into the surrounding soil, so if you haven't seen any of those or any honey-coloured mushroom-like fungi popping up, you are probably safe!

White latex type threads

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:36

It's mycelium, the main part of most fungi.  Completely harmless and usually beneficial as fungi break down woody matter into a form plants can use.  As it's under wood chips, there's a good chance it is the mycelium of an ink cap fungus which are common on areas covered by bark chippings.

plant identification

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:32

Sounds like an avacado.  They can be grown as houseplants:



knee pads

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 14:16

I wear builders trousers with the removable knee pads and find them very good.  Lots of useful pockets too!

Cyclamen seedings

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 13:27

Are these indoor cyclamen (Cylamen persicum) Louis?  If so, you need to keep them somewhere cool, frost-free and light for their first year and the leaves will not die off.  Those I sowed last spring have continued growing in my unheated conservatory over  winter and the corms are now about 1cm diameter.  I will transfer them from the seed tray to individual 9cm pots in the spring and some of them will produce a flower or two later in the year but it will be next year before they bloom well.

Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 11:06

T&M used to stock Tommy Toe - it's an Australian bred version of Gardener's delight I believe.

For flavoursome red cherry toms, try Chadwick Cherry (heirloom) from Real Seeds (note: they grow into BIG plants and are not for baskets!) and the best modern variety I have tried for many years is Suncherry Premium F1.

Any of the 'sun' series (eg Sungold) will give you good crops of highly flavoured toms with the plants having good disease resistance.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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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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