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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

choosing and growing honeyberry

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 01:00

I have two of these I bought 2 years ago and 3 I bought last year to hopefully assist pollination.  The first two flowered last spring but didn't set fruit so I have fingers crossed for this year - I'm also going to hand-pollinate as this is recommended by the RHS.  They are fairly slow growing and apparently take about 3 years to get fully established.  Good job I'm patient!   

Opal Plum Tree

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 23:37

Agree with Verdun.  If you don't have south-facing side of the garden, go for a west-facing one if you can.

A newbie question about seed collecting

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:18

If you grew only short red ones, you would more than likely get short red ones from seed collected from them, but there's always a chance of getting something taller or a different colour.  However, if you grew more than one type, the chances are they will have cross-pollinated and all bets are off, with the seeds likely to produce a range of heights and colours.

Cymbidium flowers are browning

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:19

Not me - they're a bit too fussy for my liking.  I think bigolob has a large collection.  

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:55

Hi Pipstrelle, chitting is not compulsory by any means, but as you already have them, then doing so under the conditions mentioned above will only help.  What you don't want to do is leave them in the bag anywhere warm as they will produce long white shoots and may even rot, so chitting is also a good way of keeping them healthy until planting time.

Dusty Manure

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:38

Yep, perfectly normal as Dove says.  The white stuff is fungal mycelium which is helping to break it down.  Try and keep it slightly moist - add a bit of water if it gets too dry.

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:34

Same here obelixx - I have taken 32 cuttings from the prunes-off material and bunged them in my heated propagator, just because it's there.  Hopefully bottom-heat will help but I'm not expecting any results - nothing to lose though, as you say.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:30

Heheh - just a tad before my time, Alan.  It was Geoff Hamilton (God rest his soul) who inspired me most in garden DIY type stuff.  I have a 4mx2m polytunnel coming later this week (if it turns up this time!) so will probably bung up a few photos of that while I'm erecting it.  No doubt I'll be making some modifications..

Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:13

Let's hope so - hardly any last year but suspect Mother nature has it covered!

Group 3 clematis pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:09

I've started on mine now too, DD & FG, both group 2 and 3.  Much earlier than I normally do but some are putting on serious growth and many of the 2s are already too leggy.  If those I have cut back hard start to shoot from below ground and there are frosts forecast, I'll give them a good mulch which all clematis appreciate anyway.  There seem to be a few casualties in particularly wet areas which are showing no signs of life and have dead stems so those have been cut back to below ground level.  Looks like some clematis shopping may be on the cards.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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