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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Talkback: How to plant out leeks

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 23:05

I honestly don't think it matters.  I never trim the roots when transplanting leeks, but know others who do.  Planting into holes made with a dibber does help keep the stems blanched - that's pretty universal.

Cypress seeds

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:14

Most need stratification which is essentially a cold spell followed by a warm one.  Some seeds need this to happen a couple of times.  You can artificially produce those conditions by putting the seed tray/pot in a plastic bag inside a refrigerator for a few weeks, if you don't want to wait for the Winter to arrive.

Talkback: Growing pears

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:05

Yes, that will help.  It's actually a Good Thing that it dropped it's fruit last year as a fruit tree shouldn't be allowed to produce for the first couple of years - you want it to establish a good root system first.

Any ideas????

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:02

Just to put a possible downer on this, if it was grown from seed and not grafted, it can take a decade or more to flower.  Have a look at the base of the stem and try and see if you can find a graft.  The pruning Tom mentions is also essential, regardless.

What has everyone been up to?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:56

Not a bad day at all here.  Until the minute (literally) I stepped out of work this evening, that is!

Wire tensioner

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:37

"Turnbuckle" is the technical term - screwfix do a range of zinc plated ones from under a pound each.  Choose one that has loops/hooks which are bit thicker than your wire, so a 5mm one with 2mm wire for example, otherwise the hooks may bend when you tighten them.  Stainless steel ones will last a lifetime (likely longer than the wire itself) but cost a fair bit more.

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:13

Wildlife will use any source of water.  I have a belfast sink which was used as a water feature, with a plasterer's bucket hidden underneath acting as a resevoir and containing a small pump which fed an old copper kettle with water running from the spout.  A couple of years ago the pump died and I was going to use the sink as a planter this spring instead.  Until I lifted the sink and found a frog happily swimming in the plasterer's bucket underneath, that is!  Left it as it is for now until I can come up with another more frog-friendy idea!


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:01

It's geat stuff nut.  I've not bought any kind of liquid feed for well over 20 years and use it on everything.  Leave some for the compost heap too though - a brilliant accelerator as you know.

help please

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 22:55

Could it be some sort of creeping campanula?  They have roots a bit like that and some of them can be very invasive.  We will have a better idea from seeing it in-situ, so look forward to the new photo.


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 21:12

If they are growng well but the flowers are being eaten before blooming, check for caterpillars of the delphinium moth.  They wrap a leaf or two around themselves for protection which is how to spot them.  If you find any, squash them between the leaves they are hiding in.  To prevent them next year, cut the plants right down to the ground at the end of the year as the larvae overwinter inside the hollow dead stems.

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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