Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Planting 2 Clematis in the same container?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:31

As you have two, why not both walls! 

New garden - plant ID

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:29

Agree with nut for most of those.

26 could be an oriental (perennial) poppy

29 looks like perennial sweet pea

Wait until 32 flowers - if small and yellow, dig up and dump immediately as wood avens is not something you want in most gardens.  Can't ID the others.

Planting 2 Clematis in the same container?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:17

Beautiful garden Hefty!  I agree with Darren - that wall is perfect.   Train them along the wires and you're set.  The President will grow in any aspect - mine is on trellis on an East facing fence and blooms really well.

Watching seedlings grow 2016

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:10

My tomatoes (left) and chilies/pepper (right) - all sown on Easter weekend:

And onion sets, planted in modules at the same time (to stop birds pulling them up) with broad beans in the coffee cups:

Lots of trays like these cauliflowers too, but they all look the same so only one pic


Vine weevils

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 19:54

Yes, nematodes in your polytunnel, Hostafan.  As Verdun says, Provado Vine Weevil Killer 2 is not for use on edibles (but great for ornamentals.)

Planting 2 Clematis in the same container?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 19:50

Freckles is an evergreen Group 1 (no pruning needed) and The President is a deciduous Group 2 (prune back to a pair of buds in early spring) so you will be able to tell which is which as the large flowered one will have no leaves when it is time to prune.  However, my experience with Freckles is that it is a bit of a thug and may swamp the other one, making it difficult to see the stems of  The President so making pruning a real hassle.  You can prune Group 1 types to try and keep them under control though.

However, I think the main issue is that the pot is probably too small for both and even just one of them may struggle.  If you want an evergreen feature then plant Freckles otherwise The President, but I wouldn't risk both.

UV Bulb in pond

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:31

Rich, the balls are Mercury which vapourises when the bulb gets hot and it is the gaseous (actually a plasma) Mercury which emits the UV.  For this reason, dispose of the old bulb properly (ie it needs to go with WEEE electrical recycling and don't put it in your dustbin) and take care not to break the glass as Mercury is very toxic.

Advice on a good start

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:27

I agree with Dave, dig in plenty of well rotted manure.  With chalk being present, your soil may well be alkaline so avoid any acid-loving plants until you can get it tested.

Peas and beans up a frame.....

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:23

Tootles, get netting with holes large enough to get your hand through (or use old stuff you don't mind ripping a hole in) or you may not be able to easily reach pods or beans which decide to grow on the inside of the netting.  Very frustrating if you use netting with small holes like I did many years ago!

Potting on seedlings

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 11:03

I do the same nut.  I try and avoid going from a 'pure' seed compost to a 'pure' MP as my thoughts are it can shock the seedlings going from one medium to another.  I also find some seed composts are quite heavy making it easy to damage roots when pricking out.  When mixed with sieved MPC, it lightens up and pricking out is easier. 

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