Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Let's hasten the winter! What are you looking forward to flowering in spring?

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 20:48

Japanese plum 'Lizzie' - every bit of every twig gets absolutely smothered in flowers very early and still manages to set fruit if frosted.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 19:37


Just finished before 'strictly' started! 

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 21:06

Heh heh!.. not exactly wonks.. OH told me to "get out of the way of the TV" when 'strictly' came on, so that was that! 

I'll update tomorrow.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 20:51

Not put the baubles on yet:

they go on tomorrow. 

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:32

Sungold (F1): (yellow) excellent flavour but they are very sweet which not everyone prefers.  Extremely reliable - these usually crop first and are the last to finish for me.

Suncherry Premium (F1): as above but red and slightly less sweet.

Last year I also bought a cherry tomato plant collection as well as my usual dozen or so varieties from seed.  It was the Sun plant collection from Mr Fothergills.  They were ALL fantastic with my favourite being 'sunpeach' which has all of the flavour of sungold and suncherry but not as sweet.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 22:27

Had the day off today and luckily the weather was pretty good so got a lot done.

Dug up about 20 summer raspberry canes which have been slowly encroaching into my veg plot over the last few years.  Did the same with some blackberry canes which had popped-up in the middle of some gooseberry bushes and also gave the gooseberries a good prune.  Potted about 600 bulbs which I got on various special offers for next to nothing, including alliums, parrot tulips, iris, ioxa and anemones.  Cleared the greenhouse of about 20 dead tomato vines and put the pots of bulbs in there which should help speed them along after being planted so late.  Cleared a dozen sweet pepper plants and spread the spent compost on the borders, weeding as I went. 

Bit tired now!  


Posted: 08/12/2015 at 01:12

One possibility that you probably don't want to hear is Honey fungus.  If the problem started at one point and is spreading along the row then HF is a possibility.  The fact that seedlings are also affected is one thing which makes me suspect this damaging fungal disease.

Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 01:05

LoopyLoo, don't prune your plum tree until early spring or (preferably) midsummer or you risk it getting 'silver leaf' which is a nasty fungal disease which infects stone fruit trees in their dormant season and may kill it.  If you absolutely must cut it back, then remove a minimal amount now and then cut those same branches back in spring or  summer.  That way you should remove any infected wood before it spreads throughout the tree.  You can cut branches back to a side shoot or close to the trunk.  See the RHS advice here:


Swede and Sprouts just not growing

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 21:18

Sounds like a combination of late planting, lack of nutrients and probably less than ideal weather.  I sow brassicas in early March and plant out when they have 5 true leaves.  Brassicas also tend to do better in heavy soils.  For next year, I would try adding as much well-rotted farmyard manure as you can lay your hands on which will provide the missing nutrients and also help retain water - brassicas don't like soil drying out.  The bagged stuff from garden centres is fine if you can't get it locally.  My own brussels are (unusually) a bit small this year too which I'm putting down to lack of enough sunshine in my area this year.

piccolo tomatoes

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 20:56

Fermenting the seeds for 3 days gets rid of the jelly-like coating which stops the seeds sticking together, so is optional.  It's the way recommended by the realseeds site.  Some sites say piccolo is an F1 hybrid so won't come true from seed but there are many reports of folk saving seeds from supermarket bought piccolo and finding they do come true, so definitely worth trying.  Because it's a commercially grown variety I suspect it's now been bred to be stable.


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

Replies: 18    Views: 657
Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
Replies: 3    Views: 232
Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 363
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1188
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 824
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 19    Views: 1615
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
Replies: 11    Views: 593
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 612
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
Replies: 9    Views: 1232
Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
Replies: 12    Views: 1015
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 1011
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 986
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 852
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! 
Replies: 3    Views: 703
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 1128
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32
1 to 15 of 34 threads