Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Comfrey & Nettle liquid feed

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:58

Mick, put the leaves in a bucket or similar, add a brick to hold them down and add only enough water to submerge the leaves.  Cover the container and leave for about 2 weeks or so.  You can strain and bottle the resulting liquid which you dilute for use by adding enough water to make it look like weak tea (usually about 10 or 20 to 1 depending on the strength of the liquid, which varies in each batch.)  I always make new batches rather than topping-up the bucket with fresh leaves.  The stuff caught by the strainer goes on my blueberries as a mulch or the compost heap.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:48

Hi Daniel, I've noticed what looks like a bug connected to the timings of posts - have a look at this one for an example:

Invasive Plant taking over bed (and lawn)

By Gibsy

In Plants

I suspect the posting time may be being taken from the time when someone clicks Reply rather than when they actually submit their post?

Cheers, Bob

These caterpillars are kicking my garden's a*se.

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:38

Something like the large brown one was munching a couple of elephant garlic in my polytunnel last week.  They went onto the bird table so had a small chance of survival if quick enough!

Cat deterrent

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:29

Mulches don't generally help, sheps.  One determined cat even uses the slate chippings on my drive as a huge toilet!

As PP said, lovely planters! What are you going to grow up the trellises (or is it trelli?)

Spraying weeds growing in neighbours garden

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:47

Fully agree,  Invite them round for a welcoming cuppa or glass of wine and eventually take them for a walk around your garden where the issue could be sneaked into the conversation.

Spraying someone elses plants (even if they are weeds) without permission is actually criminal damage.

Cat deterrent

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:42

Agree with Topbird.  If you plant them up so there is no bare earth showing, the cats will lose interest.  Cover them until planted. Trimmings from thorny shrubs placed on top of any bare patches also works well.  In general the gizmos are a waste of money, don't work and only lead to more frustration, so much so that some folk get rather obsessed with this.

Invasive Plant taking over bed (and lawn)

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:30

Snowberry is definitely invasive, by suckers.

Invasive Plant taking over bed (and lawn)

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:29

That was weird, Plant Paupers reply wasn't there when I posted but Dove's first post was!  Another forum glitch?

Invasive Plant taking over bed (and lawn)

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:17

Snowberry, Dove?

Peppers, removing initial flowers?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:00

I always leave them on and get great crops.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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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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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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