BobTheGardener


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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:


http://naturesfootprint.com/community/articles/worm-factory-360-setup/


2017

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! 

Onion bed preparation

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 17:54

Hi Colin, I start my sets off in modules in the greenhouse and then plant them out when they have good roots and the shoots are about 5-6" tall.  Each planting hole gets a handful of well rotted farmyard manure trowelled in and that's it.  All I do after that is water them if there has been no rain for a week, otherwise they can bolt.  Since doing this I've always had a great crop of onions.

Conservatory Yucca

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:46

It should sprout new shoots, Tim.  Also cut the removed stem into 6-8" long sections and leave them for a few days so the ends callous over.  If you then plant those in gritty compost (make sure you plant then the right way up!) those should root after a few weeks and then spout leaves after a few more.  I've never bothered to seal the cuts when I've cut them down in the past.

Confusing advice in GW mag

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:38

Wild ones are probably more resistant than the highly selected varieties we grow as our fruit trees, Berghill.  That's what I'd assume, anyway.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:10

Yes, I also use glue/grease bands on my fruit trees GWRS, mainly to stop ants climbing them and 'farming' aphids.  Here's to a productive year for everyone from me too.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

 
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Wrong variety but happy 
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Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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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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Canary

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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