BobTheGardener


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Creeping buttercup - opinions please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 09:44

Bear in mind that the seeds stay viable for decades so if you ever decide to use that border for something else you will be plagued by it forever.  I am still removing seedlings after about 30 years and I always dig up new seedlings before they flower.

Not a fan!

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:33

Yep, you can plant potted bushes at any time.  Keep them well watered as blueberries should never be allowed to dry out and it can take some time for the roots to grow into the surrounding soil after being in a pot.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:22

Fingers crossed on the pH testing results.   If it is only slightly acidic you can add a lot of ericaceous compost to lower the pH but soil will always revert to it's natural pH over time so you will have to mulch with more ericaeous compost each year.  If your soil is alkaline then that method won't work well and you would be best to use containers.  The bushes need a lot of nitrogen at the beginning of their life to promote strong new growth and then you can use a liquid ericaceous plant food later to help produce good crops.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:03

I grow all of mine in large containers in a mix which includes ericaceous compost gryphon as they require acid soil and mine is neutral.  If you do have acid soil (pH 4.5 is ideal) then they need good drainage and a lot of organic material.  What kind of soil do you have?

Sharp sand

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:04
hogweed wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Sharp sand is just sharp sand, no salt. That's not the same as builder's sand which is soft sand (rounded grains) you can feel the difference between the two.

 

Perhaps I wasn't clear. I know the difference between sharp sand and soft sand but what is the difference between builders sharp sand and horticultural sharp sand? I thought it was the salt content.

I used to think that Hogweed but have never found any salty sharp sand (yes, I have tasted it!) and have been using sharp sand from builder's merchants for decades.  I suspect that salt would also affect the ability for concrete to set which is why it doesn't have any.  Might be a myth?

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:33

Snap as usual, Dove!

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:32

Same here Chris.  In fact, clay soil is one of the best there is as it contains masses of nutrients.  The issues people have are caused by poor drainage or it going as hard as rock when dried out.  However, adding lots of organic matter solves both issues and creates an 'improved' clay soil which is fantastic stuff. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:22

Some P's for you all:

Peaches:


 Plums:


 Poms:


 Peppers:


 Pumpkins:


 and, erm.. Plueberries!:


 

wood pidgeons

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:04
Rinus K wrote (see)

Maybe you are hanging out the wrong CD's. May I suggest some jazz or even some horrid country and western discs!

   

What about heavy metal music ???? That will scare them away.

 

 

..But might attract the crows!

 http://www.funeralrainrecords.com/?p=476

Sharp sand

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 18:55

Making concrete or for horticulture.  You wouldn't want to use it in a sand pit.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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