Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 21:05

Perhaps the last pic is another but less well developed one, LB?  I'm always torn between picking and eating the heads or letting them flower as they are beautiful and loved by insects.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 20:01

This is my Globe Artichoke:

Patio magnolia

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:51

While magnolias prefer a slightly acid soil, they grow perfectly well in neutral soil and I would go with H-C's suggestion of a mix of garden soil and a loam-based ericaceous like a John Innes.  It'll actually appreciate being in a bucket of water for that sort of length of time.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:41

The first one is the Globe artichoke I think nut.  I have one growing - will nip out and take a photo in a bit.

Tomato plant problems

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 09:10

Plants do need a dark period for photosynthesis to work properly.  Some info. here:

Cucumbers and pollination (La Diva???)

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 21:41

It's an F1 hybrid 'all female' type.  However, these types can still produce male flowers (no 'mini cucumber' behind the flower) which should be removed otherwise pollination can occur resulting in a bitter fruit.

Conifer mulch

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 21:32

You don't really need to worry about it taking nitrogen when used as a surface mulch, Judith.  If you wanted to mix it with the soil to improve the soil structure, that's when you could come across this problem.


Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:53

The first one could be a few things.  The second is pulmonaria by the look of it.

What to with blackcurrant plant in pot

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:03

They really need to be planted into the garden and don't do very well in pots, Sue.  You could try it in a very large one (50cm+) using a John Innes #3 compost or garden soil mixed with well rotted manure but it would need a lot of looking after (regular watering and feeding.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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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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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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