Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Am I a weed?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 22:21

Looks like it might be Nigella.

Climbing French Beans .

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 21:53

Same here raisingirl, one or the other usually does ok if the weather doesn't suit one of them.  Like scroggin, I do half and half outdoors and usually grow some borlotti beans in the polytunnel too which almost guarantees some beans, whatever the weather decides to throw at us!

Improving soil

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 21:09

Sorry Katrina, that should have ended 'manure, compost and grit'!

Sweet Peas In Pots .

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:31

They should do well in a nice deep pot like that, Terry.  They are quite greedy so I would use 2/3rds garden soil mixed with 1/3rd well rotted manure.

Improving soil

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:28

If you can get hold of well-rotted manure (which will be black, crumbly and have no bad smell), that would be ideal.  Otherwise, add compost and fine grit.  Clay is full of nutrients so makes a good soil once the structure and drainage is improved by the addition of manure, clay and grit.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:03

Another lovely day and lots of work done.

Four rows of potatoes planted and 40 broad bean plants in.  I'm trying a new method (for me) and planted the broad beans in the gaps between the rows of potatoes, with the idea being that the beans will be finished by the time the potato haulms get tall.  Some say the bean roots also help supply some nitrogen for the spuds, but we'll see.  The beans have been grown in root trainers and I'm really impressed with the result - healthy roots about 8 inches long so I'll be using them for my runners this year, too, to avoid the usual problem with the roots going round and round in the bottom of the pots.

Potted up 30 Bishop's Children dahlias which were sown a few weeks ago in a deep tray and are all about 4-5 inches tall now.  Boy, do they grow fast!

Finally, planted the squash seeds in modules on the heated bench.

Tomato seedlings no leaves

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 19:45

I once had a mouse in the potting shed 3 or 4 years ago and it nipped the tops off of most of my tomato seedlings, leaving them looking exactly how you describe yours..

Indestructible weeds

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 14:45

It's ground elder.  Treat them with a glyphosate based weedkiller but you MUST then wait until the tops have died down completely (about 6 weeks) or the weedkiller will not have translocated to the roots, which is the bit you really need to kill.  Covering the ground won't help - I found a mat of roots under weed membrane which had been down 10 years!

The most effective time to spray is when they are growing strongly and just about to flower.

They will come back but weaker and if you keep it up you will eventually be rid of it, as long as it isn't coming in via a neighbouring property.

Earthing up spuds with grass clippings

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:30

Yes, as long as you haven't used any products like weedNfeed on your lawn.

Planting strawberries - do they have to be in rows?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:12

I plant mine with about a 30cm gap between plants and about the same 45cm you mention between rows and get good crops.  I think the larger spacings often quoted are probably what farmers use and is a bit excessive for the average garden.

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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Some things to do now 
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I thought these were philadelphus 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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