Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Talkback: Carrot fly

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:39

I like that idea Pentillie and will give it a try.  I've had resonable results growing alternate rows of carrots and onions in the past with the view that the smell of onions masks the carrots smell.  I will be harvesting the last of my leeks over the next few weeks and the carrot seeds are just germinating, so the timing is rather good.

I've been growing carrots in 60cm high raised beds for the past 2-3 years with no fly damage at all but they got vine weevil last year so I'm trying them back in the ground.

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:25

Those are used widely in Japan and the design is probably thousands of years old, so I wouldn't consider it gimmicky at all David.  Good price too. 

Best tools for cutting back large conifers

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:15

In that case I'm with Hostafan!


Plant ID please

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:11

You will never get it out of that shape of pot without breaking it, keenbutgreen.

I would recommend scraping off as much of the top of the compost as you can and then replacing with a 50/50 mix of John Innes #3 and ericacious.  Do that every 2-3 years and feed it with something recommended for acid-loving plants (I use Wilkos own brand which doesn't cost a lot and gives good results.)

Badgers or Crows - Terrible Damage

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:40

Hi Greg, the crows would have been after leatherjackets, the larvae of cranefly.  You can water in nematodes which will kill them and, with nothing to eat, the crows will leave it alone.  However, they are most effective in the Autumn.  A human presence will also help a lot - most crows are afraid of humans.


A tomato question

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:25

Leaves curling are a reaction to large temperature changes rather than frost damage as such - that will kill tomatoes and the leaves turn white.  The plants may slow down for a bit (known as being 'checked') but will recover.  Curling leaves can even happen in summer if it gets too hot during the day and cold at night.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:18

Lovely Flumpy!

Island bed with tulips now out:

Kerria japonica screening nextdoor's conservatory:


Camera Talk

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:06

Sunset in Leics last night - the whole sky was this colour:


unidentifiable pods

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 21:23

I think Jinxy is right - it's a windmill rather than fan palm but those are definitely flower buds.

unidentifiable pods

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 21:13

Pretty sure it's a fan palm and those are the flower buds - have a look at the images at the bottom of this page:


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