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Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:53

They do well in full sun here (Leicestershire), growing in clay soil.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:48

It will flower next year as foxgloves are biennial, Lulu:



Glen Lyon Raspberries

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 18:35

With summer fruiting types, the easiest thing to do is cut those canes which have fruited down to the ground immediately after fruiting.  The unfruited canes will produce the crop next summer.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 18:27

I know exactly how you feel Bookertoo.  In a recent thread someone mentioned using a horizontal line and hanging the feeders from that.  They may well still overcome it though:


crop protection

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 21:13

For protection against butterflies, look for a maximum mesh size of 7mm as holes any larger and the Small Cabbage White will get through!  I bought some heavy duty butterfly netting from Harrod Horticultural 3 years ago and it hasn't yet started to deteriorate (a problem with some cheaper types as the UV in sunlight causes plastic to fall apart.)

What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 19:01

I've tried builder's buckets (about 15l) with holes drilled in the bottom and got a pretty reasonable crop from 1 tuber per bucket so you should do OK with about 5-6 tubers in containers of that size.

Small container tree

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:51

Chicky   Lovely trees.  I have to keep them in containers due to the Honey fungus in my garden - have lost several after planting out.

Small container tree

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:43

A Japanese Acer palmatum dissectum should fit the bill.

Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 16:43

Have to agree with Welsh Onion.  Most brassicas are biennial and most of the growth comes in the first year after which we eat them.  If left for a second year they go to seed.  They hate being 'checked' by lack of nutrients/light/water so it's important to plant them out as soon as they need it which is (as a rule of thumb) when they have developed 5 true leaves.  Another 'rule of thumb' is to plant them deep so that the soil is level with the base of the lowest leaves.

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:57

The 'task' of poring over seed catalogues and deciding what to grow in the coming season closely followed by sowing and regular inspection of several dozen seed trays waiting for the first signs of life.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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
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