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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Brassica question

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:49

Broad beans won't be bothered by whitefly in my experience and won't mind this early a start, although I'd probably begin them in small pots in a cold greenhouse if sowing right now.

Help identifying weeds

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:44

I'd say the first one is red deadnettle not sure about 2 and agree with 3.

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 22:29

If you can find room for Hawthorn in your hedges, those would be ideal.  The thorns provide protection and birds will use the hedges to hide in when cats are about and to build nests.  As a bonus you'll get lovely blossom in May and red berries which the birds love in autumn/winter.  A crabapple will provide food over the winter for blackbirds and also produces fantastic blossom in spring.  There are plenty of other shrubs and trees but those two would be top of my list.

Suggestions for a shady corner

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 21:30

How about putting up a bit of trellis against the fence and growing a clematis or two?  Many, many clematis grow just fine in shade - here are 6 pages worth of them:


daffodil bulbs

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 19:08

Plant them now or they'll just shrivel and die.  Even if they don't flower this year, they should still grow leaves and build-up the bulb so they can flower next year. 

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 00:35
GillianBC wrote (see)

Dovefromabove, did you start the thread because you actually wanting help, tips and suggestions or did you just want somewhere to let off steam?  I can tell it's upsetting you.

This thread was started by JDVS back in 2012!  Like all similar threads, it occasionally resurfaces when someone does a site search and replies to it.



Posted: 23/02/2015 at 21:38

That's how some grow them for exhibition, RAS.  Have a look here:


Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:49

I used to have a problem with one particular cat using a 60cm high planter as a launching and landing pad (which led to broken plant and bulb stems) to climb over the fence between front and back garden.  Since planting a (spiney) Japanese Quince in the planter, the problem has gone away.  Cats clearly "don't like it up 'em"!  

Strong smelling shrub/ plant?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 21:35

Hidden away in a grow tent in someones loft?  Lot of it about these days.

Raspberry mystery....

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 17:21

Hi nin, Autumn fruiting varieties will also give an early crop if they are not pruned, so my guess would be that you have Autumn ones.  "Autumn Gold" is a common yellow variety, so yours may be those.

Note that the overall crop is much reduced if you don't chop them down and let them fruit in early Summer, so my advice would be to cut them all back to the ground now and enjoy a much bigger crop this Autumn.

Edit: Just noticed you are moving them, so you would need to cut them back anyway!

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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