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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 13:22

Trees of that size can be moved but only by using specialised machinery and it will be expensive.  This video shows how it's done:


End of the season thoughts

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:41

Over the coming weeks and months I'll be revamping some borders, digging over the veg plots, removing some unwanted plants/shrubs/trees to make space for others (inc. a few overgrown agapanthus thugs, montbretia, hazel and a forsythia), planting some new young fruit trees and of course lots of tulips.  Also making a fairly large raised bed area full of ericaceous compost as a new home for all of my potted blueberries (too much effort watering those blummin' pots!)  Lots to do!  

I much prefer doing the hard work in the cold rather than the heat of summer.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:13

Sawfly overwinter as pupae which hatch to the flying form in Spring.  The flies mate and then lay eggs on the bushes.  The chances are that there are pupae in the soil under the bushes, so when you move them dig over the soil where they were, stamp it flat and dig it over again.  Doing that a couple of times will probably kill all the pupae.  Remember to add manure or other fertilizer afterwards and before planting the strawberries in the area as the gooseberries will have used up most of what was in the soil under them.

Tomato Blight

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 14:49

Sungold is a wonderful variety.  It consistently starts cropping earlier and finishes later than any other variety I have ever grown (indeed, my plants are still in flower!)  It also seems to have excellent all-round disease resistance.  Some folk do find it too sweet though and the fruit can be prone to splitting but the huge crops and fantastic taste easily make it my all-time number one.  I usually grow about 10 varieties each year, roughly half of which are always types I've never tried before but Sungold will always have a place.

PS: After taking Italiophile's advice over the last few years and so ensuring excellent ventilation, I haven't had any significant disease problems even though I do grow plants far closer together than is recommended;  I'm as certain as one can be that ventilation is the key for those suffering from tomato disease problems.


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 22:33

Hi Rosemummy, I hate autocorrect on any type of computer or phone and always turn it off!  Here's how to do it on an iPad:

To turn auto correct off:

1. Navigate to Settings - General - Keyboard

2. Touch Auto-Correction - OFF

banana has produced seed pod what now

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 22:02
blairs wrote (see)

They tend to pup after flowering. You can try growing from seed but as the are readily available as plants I cant think of anyone having done so. The flowers can last 2 years depending on frost or lack of!

Count me as one who has failed to grow from seed.  I've tried several times using various techniques but have never managed to get even one seed to germinate.  I bought mixed (ornamental) banana seed from different suppliers to give me the best chance..

Wisteria pruning question

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:55

Give it the 'Summer prune' now, it can only help.  There is still a bit of growing time left given the current weather and doing this may well help to produce a few extra flower buds.

Recommendations for a 9ft high living, thin, hedge near a house

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 20:03

Personally, I'd go with artjak's suggestion and add trellis to the top of the fence and grow clematis and/or other climbers up it.  That would probably be the quickest 'fix'.

Sickly looking sedum

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 19:56

I think all you can do is give it some tlc.  Once the flowers have gone over, cut the flower stems back to save it wasting energy making seeds (which might finish it off.)  In the Spring, I would consider moving it to a different part of the garden just in case it doesn't like the soil where it is currently planted.  They don't really like a very rich soil so adding farm yard manure is unlikely to help.

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:32

I agree, looks like Spiraea douglasii.

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Watering dried-out pots

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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