Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Clay Soil - Help!

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:12

Aaron, you can take heart that a clay soil improved in the way Posy says is amongst the most fertile soils there is.  It does take a lot of effort and time but it really is worth it.

A mystery

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:07

No, they won't improve nut - once shrunk by the forum software, detail is permanently lost and can't be recovered by copying to local image manipulation programs and resized.  The old forum software provided a (hidden) hyperlink to the original uploaded image when you clicked it and that is what is needed.  Of course, if the original uploaded image is small or out of focus, then nothing can be done and that may well be the case here.

A mystery

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 21:07

Agreed B3, it's vital we get that capability back in the forum as it's absolutely necessary if we want to identify things.  The rest I can live with, even if I don't like it.


Posted: 05/05/2016 at 21:04

Got rid of mine a few years ago.  Had to use a leather moterbike jacket and gloves, two pairs of jeans and a chainsaw.  Horrendous stuff.  It's OK for a very large garden but I wouldn't recommend it in an average one.

Plant ID - is it a tree?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 19:50

Possibly a goat willow sapling.  The seeds get blown in by the wind.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:53

1 is Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle)

2 might be a Geum of some kind (hopefully not the weedy one, g. urbanum.)

3 not sure

4 is some variety of Potentilla

5 not sure which leaves you mean - can see some Spanish bluebells

6 a Euphorbia of some kind

7 Sedum (ice plant)




Acer Palmatum help

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:45

I've uploaded them here for you Scott:



 I'm not sure, but I think the fine hairs might be normal on young acer leaves.  The older leaves actually look very healthy.

Othewise it could be mildew and might be worth treating them with a general fungicide.  Spraying with diluted milk is also reported to work as an organic alternative.  Also make sure they are well watered as dry roots encourages mildew.

Acer Palmatum help

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:18

Scott, If you are using a phone and the picture upload (little green tree) is missing, post them to a photo hosting site and include the link here.  It's really difficult to guess what this could be without a photo.

Cabbage plants

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:14

Netty, one problem with slug pellets is that they contain an attractant so also pull slugs into the area.  If a slug happens to find a plant before a pellet, then..

Try sprinkling pellets around the periphery rather than in the middle.  Beer traps also work really well.

Anyone brave enough to plant out runner beans yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:06

Sowed mine in pots yesterday, same date as I do every year.  If it works..

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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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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