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Roses

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqo63b9l9gs

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.

Winter Tree wash

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 21:35

That interested me sarah, so I googled it and it seems to be either a rabbit deterrent or to help prevent the bark from being damaged by the extremely hot sun they get.

Peach for fan traing

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 21:19

No problem, Dave.  I forgot to mention that the (pink) blossom is pretty stunning too - I'm sure you won't be disappointed with this variety.

Peach for fan traing

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:49

Hi Dave, I grow 'Avalon Pride' and it does seem to be almost completely peach leaf curl resistant.  Good crops of full-size peaches, too.  Mine is planted close to a south-facing wall in my front garden (which is a bit of a suntrap.)  Fan-trained against a west-facing wall, a peach should do well. 

Green caterpillars

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:42

Quite a few species can overwinter - they eat when it's warm and just curl up under leaves when it gets cold.  Any chance of a photo?

Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:00

Hi Margaret, like peaches, they need a lot of sun and some protection so best against a south-facing wall or fence.  They won't appreciate an open position.  Prepare the soil really well with lots of added compost and a handful of fish, blood and bone.  Using some "root grow" fungal spore would benefit it too.  Plant now as long as your soil isn't waterlogged or frozen.  If it is waterlogged (and who's isn't at the moment?!), planting it in a large container is a good option.

Grape Hyacinths

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:52

Hi Ally, yes, but she should use a glyphosate-based weedkiller then leave them alone (ie do not remove any leaves, even when they go yellow.)  As the leaves die back, the glyphosate will be taken into the bulb and kill it.  She may have to repeat this for a few years as previously shed seed will still germinate and new bulbs will form. Resolva is good stuff but it does kill the top growth off very fast, probably too quickly for much of it to be taken down into the bulb.

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:44

I do this every year with great success.  By the time it comes to plant them, the whole module will be filled with roots so there is no decision to be made.

Ranunculus and Anemone de caen

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 20:09

Get yourself a soil testing kit, Charley.  They don't cost much and what they do cost you'll likely save very quickly by being able to avoid buying unsuitable plants.

Some gardens even have a range of different acid/alkali (pH) values, so you can choose plants to suit particular areas.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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Watering dried-out pots

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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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