Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Plant / Weed ID

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 11:24

Horsetail, I'm sorry to say.  Pull them up and throw them in the black bin.

Onion sets rotting?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 11:23

Probably nothing to worry about as the sets use all of the energy stored in the tiny bulb to grow shoots and roots.  One they get planted out they will begin to start building the bulb up again.

Is my kale bolting and if so what should I do?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 10:44

Yes it has bolted Max.  In my experience, all it is good for now is the compost bin as the leaves go tough and bitter.  Time to sow some more.

Please help identify seedlings

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 19:30

Top ones look like one of the willowherbs and the bottom might be alkanet, so weeds by the look of them.

Edit: more pics appeared!

3rd one potato I think

Last edited: 01 April 2017 19:31:28

Bird feeders

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 18:11

Those holes look a bit small to be honest GD and I wonder if that's part of the problem.  I use to get that issue with my old plastic feeders but I've been using Gardman large heavy duty seed feeders for about 4 or 5 years now.  They work great and are easy to disassemble for cleaning.  Also squirrel proof (I don't think you have that problem though, if I remember correctly, you lucky thing!):

Help needed - again! Plant ID

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 15:50

Looking at the emerging flower spike, I'd say foxglove.

Waterlogged lawn in rented property. Quick fixes or right off?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 14:01

Looks like you may have the dreaded horsetail growing there, too (the trendril things.) 

Help Please With Strange Marks On Basil Seedlings?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:58

Could be liri but I'd definitely investigate with a magnifying glass.

Last edited: 01 April 2017 13:59:12

What is this tree??

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:57

Yep, and probably the best magnolia to use in small gardens as most of the rest grow into large trees relatively quickly.

Help Please With Strange Marks On Basil Seedlings?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:43

Use a hand lens and see if you can see any tiny insects, particularly on the undersides of the leaves.  It looks like it might be spider mite, thrip or possibly aphid damage.

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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