Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Red robin won't grow

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 11:10

Agree, and clearing the grass from around it is important.  Grass is a very competitive plant and uses up lots of nutrients from the soil.

Wild flowers now

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 23:30

Lovely, GD.  I think the top one is pink rather than red campion (silene dioica.)

Seed catalogues

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:17

My copies of 'plant porn' arrived a few days ago and will keep me going through the winter!  

I know what you mean about the pictures - 'photoshopped' is the phrase which comes to mind!  However, I eventually found that I if stuck to plants which like my local soil type and climate, they usually didn't look too far off.  It was things like north american prairie plants (eg rudbekia) and similar from south africa (eg gazania) which were always disappointing.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 21:18:30

Raspberries - what to do?

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:00

Agree, they sucker and usually not in the direction you would like them too!  The underground runners can go a long way too - I once had them pop-up the other side of a 20ft lawn (mowing probably kept them down in the lawn.)  Whenever I've dug 'wandering' raspberry roots out, they don't seem to go much deeper than about 8-10 inches so I would think a 12" deep barrier would do the job.  Pond liner would probably be ideal but a double thickness layer of a weed control membrane would likely be sufficient.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 21:01:10

Allotment help

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:41

Looks like a japanese acer to me, judging by the bark, buds and growth habit.  Can't help with the thing at the base but it does look like it had flowering stems, so would leave in place for now.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:34

Chucking it down since the early hours but forecast to clear after it gets dark..

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:30

Weather like Pansyface's here, so just a quick dash out.  Not looking very good though!
a winter jasmine
a few primrose (looking moth-eared)a few polyanthus (also looking a bit slugged)
only a few florets of viburnum (Dawn) open but masses of buds.
sweet box & skimmia (Rubella) also still in bud.

On the brighter side, my indoor cyclamen are looking superb and there are hundreds of bulbs poking their noses out, so plenty to look forward to.

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 12:30

You could consider a vermicomposting (worm composting) bin.  Those are designed to collect the liquid which can be drained via a tap and is a superb liquid plant food.  Google 'worm factory' and one of the 'hits' is this video showing how it works:


Posted: 01/01/2017 at 00:20

Happy New Year everyone!

Onion bed preparation

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 18:57

I wouldn't give them any extra fertiliser at this stage, Colin.  Perhaps tickle in a bit of fish, blood and bone at the side of the rows when they are about golf ball sized, if you think they need a boost.  Onions are greedy plants but I've always found there's enough nutrients in manure to see them through.  Hope you have a great year in the garden in 2017! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'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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