Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Should I wait till next year?

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:59

Yes, I'd use annuals this year as you will get a display and they will outgrow grass.  Perennials are often slow to establish which might let the grass take hold again.  When the annuals have died off at the end of the year you can just keep hoeing the area over the winter (or cover it with bark etc) which will keep the grass and weeds down until it is time to plant your perennials.  In general, the larger you can grow perennials in pots, the better they will survive when planted out so you could get some going this year and keep them in pots until next spring.

Aquilegia plantlings

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:51

I find they much prefer being in the ground and don't really like growing in pots, especially in MPC.  If you have to grow them in pots, I would put garden soil in them.  I grow them here on clay which they love.

Do I really need all of the John Innes for seeds??

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:47

I tend to mix my own seed sowing mixture using some seed compost mixed with sieved multi-purpose compost, sharp sand and vermiculite.  I then prick-out into sieved MPC with some sharp sand and pot on into as-it-comes MPC.  I mainly use Wickes MPC and some Grosure with added JI as I like the texture.  Always great results and I grow veg, perennials, annuals, trees, fruit and shrubs. 

Last edited: 03 June 2016 21:48:11

Should I wait till next year?

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:36

If you think it might be an invasive grass such as couch grass:

Then unless you dug out every single piece of root it will come back.  If it is that, let it grow and spray with a glyphosate based weedkiller and let it go completely brown before removing otherwise the roots won't be killed.

If it was just normal grasses, then you could plant up with lots of summer bedding plants which will shade out any grass growth and just weed out any which appears between them.  Keep it clear over the winter and then you can plant up with more permanent perennials and shrubs next spring.

Plant ID please

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:17

I think it's a wild radish or something closely related.  Definitely in the brassicaceae family.

How do you all keep track?!

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 19:51

I used to keep notes many years ago but forgot where I put them so just wing it now.   The fact is the longer you garden the more things become almost second nature so I would recommend reading lots of books (almost anything from the RHS is good) and using the internet.  You'll soon learn some 'rules of thumb' which enable you to get most things right.  Even the most experienced on this forum also sometimes just ask and answers given will often provide more general advice.

Pest on Cherry tree branches

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:28

The nymphs probably hitch a ride on birds to get to other trees.  Not much you can do prevention wise but you can use a winter tree wash at the end of the year to kill off any surviving young ones.  Here the RHS advice on them which I think may be Brown scale or possibly Chestnut scale:

What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:18

It's been horrible here for the last 2 days, cold, wet and windy.  Good job I've got 'backup' runner beans still in the GH as those planted out will probably be ruined by the weekend.   Good job I didn't risk the squashes!

Pest on Cherry tree branches

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:12

They are scale insects.  Put some gloves on and rub them off.  The white fluffy stuff is protection for their eggs and once those hatch the tiny offspring (which are mobile unlike their parents) will distribute themselves all over your tree.

Last edited: 01 June 2016 20:14:26

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 18:56

A shady patch, brightened up by heucheras and young aquilegias just about to flower:

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