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Pot Roses

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:49

I've tried them outside Ellen but they all perished over the winter so I would leave them in a tub and bring them inside when you start getting frosts.

What plant is this? ID please

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:46

Might be a tree seedling like Field Maple.

Anyone ever made needle mould?

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:28

Sounds like you have a Corsican (aka Black) pine, SG.

Water from a dehumidifier

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:13

Yes, the water will contain no dissolved substances and be neutral in pH.  It is effectively the same as distilled water.

Green leaves on my acer

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 11:56

Hi KatyAnn, you're not doing anything wrong.   Depending on variety, new leaves are often green and turn red later.  Indeed, on some varieties they start off red and then turn greener later in the year.  There is probably more green chlorophyll being produced as a response to the potting-on as the tree tries to make as much food as possible as light levels reduce.  It will resume normal behaviour next year. 

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 11:07

Nobody is knocking Monty as a person as far as I can see Jo?

Blood Fish and Bone``

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 11:02

Newboy2, parsnips prefer a deeper soil and will benefit from the new bed so I would grow those in it.

BFB is neutral valerie but while it will be of some benefit you need to use a proper ericaceous feed for acid-loving plants like blueberries.  Acid soil prevents the take-up of some nutrients and ericaceous feeds are formulated in a way that acid-loving plants can use them.

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 09:46

Those hedges are one of the few things I really don't like in his garden.  For me, they limit access and visibility too much.  I also keep noticing the poor condition of them because of box blight and really wish he'd just give up and rip them out!  I don't find 'mini' hedges at all attractive in any garden situation but then again I do hate trimming the damn things so might be just a wee bit biased!

Horseradish under my fruit trees

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 18:43

If you happen to dig up a lost time machine, the ancient Romans are quite partial to those two.

Problems with butternut squash

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 00:05

It hasn't been a good year for squashes in general, as noted by several forum members, me included.  I suspect that the rot started in the flower before it fell off the end of your squashes.  I manually remove the dead flowers to try and minimise this on both squashes and courgettes but it's not always successful, especially if it's cool and wet soon after the fruit has set.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1179
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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