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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 18:40

No problem in repotting into a slightly larger pot right now.  What you don't want to do (with any plant) is to re-pot it into a much larger pot at this time of year as the chances are all of that new extra compost will stay wet and cause the roots to rot before they start growing again in Spring.


Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:20

I think you're right Daintiness - that would explain the leaf colour too.


Posted: 21/11/2013 at 22:18

Hi zebrina,  That looks more like some form of laurel to me.  Must say the leaves don't look all that healthy if it is a laurel.

mystery plant

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 00:15

It's not Fat Hen, but looks as though it could well be related.  The way the flowers grow on long stems coming from leaf-stem joints makes me think that.  Large group.

planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 23:09

From my experience, hawthorn cuttings don't take very well - I had less than 1 in 5 root.  It is normally propagated from seed and now is the ideal time to collect the haws and sow them - they need the cold period in the soil to help them germinate.

I think the best chance of rooting cuttings would be to take 6 or 7 times as many as you need in Autumn from strong new semi-ripe (part woody, part green stem) growth.

Young 'whips' are very cheap to buy and will give you a hedge in much less time - probably at least 2 years quicker than growing from seed or cuttings.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 19:00

Had one of those 'orrible' days - lashing it down going to work, sunny blue skies while at work and then raining on the way home.  Just the opposite of what you want really.

unknown bugs

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 23:08

Leek moth by the sound of it:

Like carrot fly, fleecing the plants seems to be the only effective control available.

Plants for a waterlogged garden?

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:30

Hi Donna, I'm not surprised the strawbs love it - you can't really give them too much water!  When you place plants in pots, do you put some drainage (eg coarse grit, pea shingle etc) at the bottom?  That is essential if placing the pots directly on concrete.  I would suggest 2 inches (5cm) of drainage before putting any compost in.  Use taller pots if you need to in order to get that drainage layer in.  An alternative (or in addition) is to place your pots on pot stands which will raise them off of the ground so that standing water will not soak into them from below.  Most plants hate their feet being constantly wet and will quickly keel over.


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:19

Thanks for that idea PPam - I'll definitely try it as the tyre appears to only have a slow puncture so that stuff sounds ideal. 


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:36

Glad things are going well Andy. 

Just started a light drizzle here so in for a cuppa.  When I filled the barrow with the 1st load of compost earlier, I couldn't push it - flat tyre, so had to find the pump.. 

Should have got a solid replacement wheel methinks - probably ran over some hawthorn prunings last time out - I often find those embedded in the soles of my gardening boots.

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