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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Deadheading roses

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:31

I do either, depending on whether I happen to have the secateurs in my pocket and see no difference in the number of blooms produced. Trimming back to a leaf node does make them look neater though.

Help to identify

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:27

They are a Geum of some type and should soon send up tall flowering stems.  There is a common weed variety (Wood Avens) which has small yellow flowers, so if those appear you need to dispose of them as it's a thug.  They do look like a nice cultivar though.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:04

I do the same as chicky and transplant self-seeded ones.  They seem to seed just where they like - even on bark chippings and appear like a (very nice!) weed around my garden now.


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:49

Salino, I use IE11 and have no problem - must be because I use the Easylist tracking protection list add-on and Fanboy's adblock TPL.  If you want to see if that fixes it for you, try here and click on "Add" next to it.  You can easily remove TPLs using "Manage Add-ons" in IE's tools.



Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:35

Dove wrote: "Once you get it clear regular use of a Dutch hoe in the growing season prevents weeds from getting established. "

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Yep, or do what I do and plant so many things that you can't see the soil which makes it hard for weeds and grass to get established.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:28

Yep, the thought of a few cans and bottles had indeed crossed my mind Buddyboy!

flowers to fruit

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:46

We really need Jennie to tell us the variety as they vary so much (due to the way they've been bred.)  There's not a universal answer unfortunately.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:16

Nice one, nut.  I've now been banned from using the fridge for gardening purposes (keep forgetting to wash my mitts!) but have an idea..  I'll tell OH we need a new one and can then stick the old one in the garage.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:12

I'm the same, nut.  For many years, absolutely everything in my garden was grown from seed - it's only the last few years I've started buying in shrubs and hardy perennials, and mainly only those cultivars which aren't available from seed.  The acers I've grown from seed are still alive, whereas all of the ones I've planted have eventually succumbed to Honey Fungus, so it does seem you end up with stronger plants.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:04

I agree with Ladybird and always sow 'tricky' seeds in pots rather than trays and cover the surface with fine grit.  That way you can leave them for a year or two without too many weed seeds blowing in and germinating, and they are easier to move around than trays or modules when you need the space.  I sowed some Dierama (Slieve Donard) in February and only noticed last week that they had finally surfaced.  No sign of the Jap. acers sown last September but I'll give those another year - I think they needed a colder stratification period than we had last Winter - 2 days of frost doesn't really count!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39


Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31
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