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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:29

If you sprinkle some pelleted chicken manure into the bags, give them a good mix and dampen them, the woodchips will rot down much faster than if left to their own devices.  Make sure the bags have a few holes in the bottom so that any excess water can run out.

Comfrey liquid fertiliser

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:57

You can feed with diluted comfrey liquid once a fortnight.  To ascertain the right strength, pour some of the diluted mixture into an old glass or other clear vessel and if it looks like weak tea, you have it right.  This is by far the best method as comfrey liquid can vary enormously in strength depending on how it was made.  Some of mine came out so concentrated that I just need about an egg-cupful to a 2 gallon watering can but another batch needs a good cupful.     

Plant ID needed please :)

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 14:49

It's caper spurge, a wild euphorbia.  Lot of it about this year!

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:58

I think Buddyboy is right.

tomato propagation

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:53

They're pretty robust Clarington.  The realseeds site recommends fermenting them to get rid of the gluey bit around the seed to make them easier to handle.  The less tomato material left stuck to them the less likely they will rot.  I have dozens of them appear all over my garden from those damaged ones I throw into the compost heap, so they certainly don't need mollycoddling!

Very nice tree?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:46

Looks like Chinese Redbud to me, too.  Here's the back of a leaf from my young Cercis chinensis 'Avondale':

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/54628.jpg?width=350

   

Edit - after zooming in to the original pics I can see a slight serration on the edges of the leaves, so Bamboogie is probably right - a Katsuma (Cercidiphyllum japonicum.) 

tomato propagation

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 16:46

Hi Debbie, As long as the tomato plant isn't a hybrid, saved seeds should come true if you didn't grow other varieties close by.  If it was an F1 variety, that won't be the case but some of the plants grown from saved seed may be similar.  Have a look at the realseeds site below which encourages you to save seed.  Look at the panel on the left under 'Seedsaving' for lots of great tips:

http://www.realseeds.co.uk/

 

Help identifying tall stemmed plants with pink flowers please?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:35

Agree with Nut - Musk mallow.  It's a short-lived perennial and also self-seeds easily.

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:20

It might be another form of fungus, Magnum.  Try poking a large screwdriver etc through one of the cracks in the bark into the heartwood of the tree.  It should be solid.  If it crumbles, then the heartwood is rotting and it will be terminal as the wood will have lost it's strength and the tree will be prone to being blown down by the wind, or branches may fall under their own weight, making it dangerous.  Have a good sniff through the cracks too - any hint of a "mushroomy" smell would also indicate a fungal infection.  Those are not treatable, unfortunately.

New to allotments - need advice on clearing and planting

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:05

Try and identify which weeds you have too, as this will indicate whether rotavating will be of benefit.  If there is bindweed, ground elder, marestail or lots of dandelions, rotavating will make things much worse.  My advice is to do as many others have suggested and tackle it by hand, digging over a small section at a time and thoroughly hand-weeding each bit as you do it.  Simply digging over and weeding counts as cultivation and will also make other allotment holders happy as they won't be getting any more seeds blown in from your plot!

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Oops!

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