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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 22:54

That's the ideal, Mike.  However, some soils don't warm up fast enough to give a long enough growing season for some crops, so the choice is to either give nature a helping hand or not grow certain crops and I would miss the onions!

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 22:45

Setton for whites and red baron for reds, scroggin.  Both do well here but the reds do seem a bit slower to get going - I always start more than I need so the weakest don't make it to the beds.

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:09

Builders buckets are fine - I use those myself and also smaller 10" pots.  Do remember to drill a few holes in the bottom of the buckets though!

PS, I line the inside of all of my wooden planters with woven plastic ground control fabric which lets the soil breath and drain but prevents the soil from actually touching the wood.  Seems to help.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 13:56

It's a well-balanced, natural, slow-release fertilizer which is very gentle and doesn't burn the foliage or roots of plants like some of the chemical fertilizers do and it's relatively cheap.  What's not to like really?

It can indeed cause foxes and other carnivores/omnivores to dig the soil up where it is used though - I think they believe there is carrion buried in the area.  However, I don't see much of that at all here and lots of the aforementioned animals regularly visit my garden.


Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 21:39

They are actually trees sthlndngrower but can be grown as bushes or fans etc.  A 5l pot would be way too small.  A 50cm diameter pot would be about right, which holds about 100 litres.  If you bought a 2 years old plant, I would expect fruit in about another 2 years.

Tattie planting

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 19:46

I use a method similar to what No expert does.

Grape Hyacinths

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 19:11

Me too, Verd!  I planted one of those muscari 'star' kits where you lay a paper star-shaped guide out on the ground and plant lots of bulbs at marked positions.  They still appear in that area even though I put down a sheet of weed membrane and built a raised bed on top of them 10 years ago!

forum thank you

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 18:54
Fluffy Cloud wrote (see)

 really anything that takes my fancy.


That's the essence of creating a cottage garden, Fluffy, so you won't go far wrong!


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 18:48

And don't forget to remove all of the old fallen rose leaves from under the bushes after you have pruned them.  Doing that helps slow the onset of black spot which I have a feeling is going to be a serious problem for many of us after all of this rain!

rotunda problem

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 23:32

You need to clear at least 1/2" (12mm) depth of soil from the joints or the pointing won't last long.  The more earth you can remove from the joints, the longer the pointing will last.  Blast it out with a pressure washer if you have one.  Use a 3:1 sand to cement mix and keep it fairly dry so that when you take a handful and squeeze it together, it doesn't fall apart.  Too wet a mix will stain the slabs.  Good video here:

you can make a rounded tool for finishing it off out of an old bit of 15mm copper water pipe if you have any lying around.  Best done when the surface of the slabs are dry to help prevent the mortar from staining them.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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