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Initial Seed Planting & Potting Up

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 18:00

Agree with all above plus we usually plant young tomatoes so that some of the stem is buried.  Extra roots grow from those first few inches of stem which helps to produce a larger, stronger plant.

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:55

Here's a few from late Feb 2007 to remind us of the coming Spring.

(Canon 350D)

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What is this ornamental tree please?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:21

Bet nut knows!

Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:07

I had parsnips, carrots, two types of potato, brussels, savoy cabbage, leeks and squash, all fresh from the garden (well, apart from the squash which was stored in the conservatory.)  Lovely it was too!   Pity I don't have room to keep poultry or I would have grown everything on the plate.

Dwarf Tulips in Pots

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:00

They're a bit advanced due to the mild temperatures we've had so far this winter but will slow down when it gets colder.  Bulbs contain everything they need to flower and you don't need to feed them until after they have flowered.  Doing that builds the bulb up for next year and either of your feeds will be fine.  If you don't plan to keep the bulbs (many treat tulips as annuals these days) then you wouldn't bother to feed them at all. 

Quick Growing Hedge

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 16:54

I'd say about 5 years minimum for most suitable hedging shrubs to form (say) a 1.5m tall hedge and longer before it becomes "solid" or higher.  Privet would certainly take that long.

You could do it a little faster by buying mature plants as KEF says but that would likely cost you more than replacing the fence - large plants don't come cheap and you would need about 5 or 6 to replace each panel to make a hedge of any substance (ie thick enough to keep people/animals out or for privacy.)

Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 16:06

Like nutcutlet, I'd plant something much nearer to the office window, perhaps in an island bed in the lawn.  If you choose a range of shrubs which flower at different times of the year and some evergreens, your eye would tend to focus on those rather than the angular house.  I'd also probably plant a few more silver birch next to the large one as I always think they look better in groups;  This would tend to break-up the sharp roofline even in winter.  The one good thing about the house wall is that it accentuates the bark of that silver birch very effectively so you could think of it as a visual asset in some ways (however hard that may seem right now!)  At least there are not many windows in it.

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 00:23

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Turned it the right way up for you Georgina.   Looks like you have a lot of potential there (and a lot of hard work) but it will all be worth it!

 

Peas - Sticks - Canes - Wire Netting

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 17:08

You'll soon be a master of it, Newboy2!  You're doing the right thing by trying lots of crops and will soon find which things work on your allotment and which don't - few sites are suitable growing every type of veg.  A friend of mine can't grow peas for the life of him and he's been trying them for 30 years - I'd have given up long ago!

Peas - Sticks - Canes - Wire Netting

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 16:14

Hi KEF, I use netting mainly for convenience (and usually lack of enough spare sticks/canes!)  I think weeding depends on what weeds you happen to be 'infested' with - two of my beds are fairly weed free now after many years of hoeing but one has creeping buttercup which has to be hand-weeded to keep any kind of control. 'Orrible stuff!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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.. 
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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

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16
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