Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Night Phlox

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:58

Well done for getting it through a winter, something I've never managed.

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:57

Yes, same stuff.  Why two names?  For the same reason I have 3 - Robert, Rob and Bob;  It depends on who is doing the talking!

Moss removal? Hard surfaces AND grass

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:57

Stop using quotes then.  They clearly don't work very well and are completely unnecessary.

Any ideas what this plant is?

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:51

I agree with nut, almost certainly wood avens.  That weed is the only geum I know of which retains leaves over winter.  You could keep it and wait and see, but if it produces small yellow flowers, get rid of it quick before it seeds or you'll have them forever!

What plant is this?

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 20:22

I think you will need to use root cuttings to propagate any type of asparagus and will probably need to wait until it is has a more substantial rootball.


Posted: 14/02/2017 at 20:16

I honestly can't say I go 'yummy' when I eat them, but they are OK, if a bit bland.  Good for you though.

I also planted aronia at about the same time which are even better for you.  However, they are more than a bit 'zingy' and I now know why their common name is chokeberry!


Posted: 14/02/2017 at 18:47

They are woody and don't need support.  Having moved mine into a shadier spot I have noticed quite a reduction in fruit so would agree with the 'they like sun' advice.  However, they flower early so pollination could have been a problem as I have had cold snaps at flowering time for the last couple of years.and there were few bees about.  Ideally you need two varieties for good pollination but some suppliers do this when you buy a pair.

Recomendations please!

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 21:21

The thicker the wood the better and sleepers will last the longest.  However, timber decking boards are treated, good value and will last a decade or more.  Most of my raised beds are on soil but when I've had to build on concrete I used woven landscape fabric, stapled to the inside with galvanised staples to prevent soil running out of the bottom.  You'll need to make them deeper than when on soil and it's advisable to put down a layer of gravel etc to help drainage (put that down and lay the landscape fabric on top of it then fill with growing medium.)  I used bought-in topsoil mixed with well rotted farmyard manure.  In my early attempts, I filled them with bagged multi-purpose compost but found it degraded and plants stopped growing well after a few years, hence the switch to the topsoil/manure mixture which only needs top dressing with more FYM every couple of years or so to stay fertile.

Global warming

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 19:07

Mild UK winters are having a pretty bad effect on a lot of wildlife.  Overwintering moths and butterflies are one example - they are dying due to fungal infections which are more likely in warmer damper conditions.  Of course, other places in the world are having colder winters which brings more obvious problems.  While natural selection will result in other species more suited to the conditions taking over niche environments, that's no comfort to the species who they replace.

Bareroot perennials planting

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 19:00

Those are all tough plants so think you'll be fine.  Mycorrhizal fungi won't hurt and needs to be in direct contact with the roots so I just plunge bare roots into a bucket of water and dust them before planting - no point wasting it by putting it in the soil.

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Some kind of mint?

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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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I thought these were philadelphus 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

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