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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tree Saws

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:47

Depends on how big but I use a bow saw for anything over 2" diameter:

and a pruning saw for smaller stuff:

 (random web images)

The pruning saw can get into shrubs when you just want to remove (say) a few older stems.

Help to ID plant or weed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:39

The first one is Herb Robert, quite a pretty weed but does seed everywhere and the second is creeping buttercup which is a thug, so you did the right thing and I would get the buttercup out asap!

starting a cottage garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:33

The Geoff Hamilton BBC Collection (which includes his take on cottage gardens) is still available on DVD from Amazon for just £8 and comes highly recommended by many folk on the forum:


Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 16:34

I'd leave the tulips and aquilegia as they won't take kindly to being moved at this time of the year.  The aquilegia might be a self-sown one and many of those aren't too attractive so wait 'til it flowers which won't be long and pull-up if you don't like it, or move after flowering.  Best to dig the tulip bulbs up after the leaves die-back naturally in a few months.

The bluebell might well be a self-sown spanish one (which can be thugs) so I'd probably just sacrifice it.

Yes, move the pulmonaria after flowering - if you take the whole clump with plenty of soil left on the roots it should transplant well.

Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:18

#1 Might be tulips.  There's an aquilegia growing behind them.

#2 Probably a bluebell

#3 looks like pulmonaria.  The small plants growing around the area with the small leaves look like goose grass - a rapidly growing weed so you probably want to pull those up asap.




Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:47

And an animation (if it works):



Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:46

9:27 from here:


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:46

The Moon starts covering the Sun at 8.27 (at my location) and the Sun is fully uncovered again at 10:41.  It will get quite dark at the maximum, more so the farther you are North.

Last time (16 years ago) I remember it went very cold and the wind changed noticeably.

Warning: it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun even when it is 90%+ obscured, so don't be tempted even with sunglasses or a welding mask!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:33

Yes, the Moon will cover the maximum area of the Sun at 9.30am.  A Screenshot from my planetarium program for 9.32am at my location (East mids):


broad bean seelings being eaten

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:48

If the stems have been bitten through but the leaves are undamaged I would suspect rodents.  Are the roots still there in the ground, or have they gone?

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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