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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Gardening Buddy.

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:29

Bobin the Robin is always within earshot to sympathise with my mutterings and curses while I'm out in the garden.  Also a pair of hedge sparrows (dunnocks) hang around at ground level, flitting in and out of the plants as I wander around.  The house sparrows are back in force this year and around 50-60 sometimes startle me as they fly out of the hedge when I approach.  They cost me fortune in seed for the feeders but it's worth every penny to see that their numbers have increased from about 2-3 years ago when they were at their lowest (maybe 3 or 4 pairs.)  They aren't all lightweights when it comes to helping in the garden either - aphids infestations have all been cleaned by the birds whenever they appeared - I think they are used to provide liquid for their young.

Tomato problems

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:10

Holes/rips might be from hail damage as you mentioned storms.  Another possibility is slugs/snails - they always climb up things during extended periods of rain.  Lower leaves on tomatoes invariably start to look tatty at this time of the year anyway though - as soon as they start to turn a bit yellow you may as well cut them off.  The plants look healthy enough to me and there seems to be no sign of disease.

To pot or not to pot

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 18:58

Can you list the perennials you have germinated Bev?  Each one may need slightly different treatment.  In general, once they have formed true leaves (rather than just the 2 initial seed leaves) you prick them out from the seed tray and place each one into a small pot (7cm, 3 inch) and grow them on, preferably in a cold frame where you can leave them over the winter.  In the spring when they appear again, you can plant them into their final growing positions in the ground.

Meteor showers

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 18:41

Hi Dove, yes - when I remember to check!  It is really bright and fast moving isn't it!  Probably responsible for quite a few 'UFO' sightings..  Here's the link Topbird posted:

and some others:

You have to select your location on here too (see top right) then you can get predictions for the ISS and many other things, too:

This one shows you where the ISS is right now:

Crazy fungus

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 23:11

Yes, slugs love most mushrooms - even those which are poisonous to us.  I agree with others, it's one of the Boletus types.

Meteor showers

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 23:03

I have an all-sky video camera on my observatory roof and a computer detects and records meteors automatically.  It's been out of action for a while but I fixed it recently, so of course it's been cloudy since!  Here's an old sequence from 2010 I uploaded to youtube though:


Pumpkin problem

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 22:54

If the weather has been hot and dry in your area recently, another possibility is spider mite.  Look at the back of the leaves with a magnifying glass in order to see them.  Cobwebs at the growing tips are another sign but are not always present.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:01

In my garden, the preferred order of consumption for rabbits seems to be: flat-leaved parsley, parsnips, carrots then anything/everything else!  Luckily the foxes and owls seem to be on top this year so no rabbits to be seen!

Help !!!

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:24

Rebecca, you can't paste images directly - use the little green tree icon in the toolbar above the reply box to upload them to this site.

August oddities

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 19:16


nutcutlet wrote (see)

Is it as odd as the one I posted yesterday Bob?

No, that fasciated one was both strange and wonderful!  Here's a photo of the "Foxcubglove":

It really is only 15cm tall (see the aquilegia leaves to the left!)

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