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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 11:19

They are mainly Calcium carbonate (shells eventually form limestone over millions of years) but do contain valuable trace elements.  Crushing and adding to soil or compost would be no bad thing.


Posted: 23/10/2015 at 19:22

Tricky one JS.  Brassicas are nitrogen lovers so I would recommend feeding with chcken manure pellets.  I would also give the ground a general feed using another organic fertiliser such as fish, blood and bone when you prepare it in the spring.  A good dose of manure will work wonders too.  Have you done a soil test lately?  It could be that it has become too acidic, so a dose of garden lime before the winter sets in might well be a good idea. The only other advice I can think of is to plant them deeply, right up to the bottom leaves when you plant them out if you don't already do that.  Regular watering is essential, especially when they are young - never let young brassicas dry out as this can lead to bolting and blown sprouts etc.

Seed identifications needed

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 23:28

I agree nut, 2 a bulb and looks like snakeshead fritillary, 3 is an allium.  4 might be lupin?

Problems with butternut squash

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 23:22

It's not even Winter yet Tetley!  Are you sure you didn't grow Autumn squash?   Even though I only got 1 or 2 from each plant this year, I still expect to have some stored for use in February, a time of the year when you really appreciate having home-grown veg. available.

Can anyone ID please

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 22:38

I think it's a viola, probably 'Velour Purple & White':


Any ideas please.......

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 18:31

Top one is definitely an oriental poppy.

Hedge interloper ID

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 18:23

Yep, one of those two I think.  Hoiking-out time, while you still can!


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:29

Rats would be my next suspect.

If the bulbs have just been chewed rather than eaten then foxes are a possibility (eaten bulbs will be gone of course.)


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:15

Squirrels are the usual culprit.

Magnolia shrub leaves curling and turning brown

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:36

Alice, magnolia are hardy trees and need to be outdoors, preferably planted in the ground.  The gnats you see are fungus gnats which only live in the compost of indoor plants.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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