BobTheGardener


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Anyone know where I can get well-rotted manure in Lewisham, South East London?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:17

The 50l growsure FYM from Wickes is pretty good stuff - 3 for a tenner.

Tips on growing Coli's

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 18:45

Growing good cauli's is tricky for even the experienced Baza.  Some tips:

  • Never let them dry out, even when seedlings
  • Plant them when they have about 5 true leaves and plant them deep, right up to the bottom leaves
  • Never let them dry out
  • Firm them in when planting using your foot
  • Never let them dry out
  • Earth them up as they grow so there is very little bare stem showing
  • Never let them dry out
  • Feed them with a high-nitrate feed like nettle tea
  • and, in case I didn't mention it, never let them dry out!

Who Can Put A Name To This Thing?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 18:32

Yes, it's a sedum but difficult to tell them apart until the flowers are fully open.

Cutting down a medium sized sycamore and grinding out the stump

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 18:33

Yes, I have several in my borders.  You can even go for the 'patio' type which don't need much room at all, as those can be grown in large pots.  I just make sure nothing 'rampant' is planted too close to them!

Opinions on 'worm tea'?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:50

That would certainly work - worm castings contain good stuff!

Wots This?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:49

Snap pansyface!

Wots This?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:48

Large Elephant hawk-moth I think Dan.

Opinions on 'worm tea'?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:12

Worm tea comes from the bottom of a proper worm composter.  I'm pretty sure that a special kind of worm is used in those, not earthworms.  Edd is our expert on vermiculture although he may be on hiliday at the momemnt.  Have a look at this thread:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/vermicomposting-for-begginers/255110.html

 

Cornflowers for next year

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 15:38

But do collect some seed so you can start them off in trays in spring if nothing comes up or the slugs have the self-sown seedlings.  Belt and braces. 

Silver leaf disease on plum tree

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:08

Silver leaf is usually fatal unfortunately.  All you can do is leave it and it will either die or not.  Apples are not affected and the correct time to prune young apple trees is when they are dormant.  I usually do mine in December.  It's important to prune young fruit trees properly to establish a good shape.  Have a look at the RHS pruning advice, here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=164

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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

Drought

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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