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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tomato varieties for outdoors

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 19:08

I've grown the first two (moneymaker and gardener's delight) outside successfully, Mandy.  They do need to be kept in the cold GH for a while though of course.  Good plan to give them a bit of shelter when they go out.

Runner Beans

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 19:00

They are perennial in their native habitat, Andrew, but the cold and wet usually kills them in the UK.  I had a few re-shoot and grow well several years ago, probably after a dry, mild winter.  Stick them in pots of moist compost and see what happens!

Identification required

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:57

They all need some tlc, too, Kweegly!  I'd transfer each module to a 3" pot and grow them on for a bit.  If you do that and then group pots of similar plants together and take more photos in 2-3 weeks time, we'll be able to ID just about everything I would think.

Identification required

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:25

The first photo looks like a mix - large leaves probably foxgloves and frilly leaves probably geum.  Could be other things in there too which I can't ID.  The second photo has a row of aquilegia plus other things I can't quite make out and the 3rd one is of pots of lupins.  4th photo is another mixed tray - the small ones might be begonia, but not sure of the rest - possibly a wallflower or two in there.

ADVICE ON PLANTING PLEASE

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:18

Yes, it was a bad year for them last year adamadamant, but even though young plants start to flower quicker when kept in a pot, they still need to be fed and have a bit of room to grow, especially after 6 years in the same one.  I'd re-pot them into a larger pot, say 25% larger.  The fresh compost you use when re-potting will feed them for a season, but then use a general feed (eg fish, blood and bone) every spring or a liquid feed (eg tomato or seaweed feed) 3-4 times a year.

Manure

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:11

If it was well-rotted manure, then you should be ok to plant things out, but pull back any manure from the surface near where you are planting.  Don't sow seeds into a freshly manured bed though. 

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:08

Yeah, they're like the reverse of Dr. Who's Tardis - they look bigger on the outside than they are when you get inside!

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 15:42

I remember all of your hard work last year FG;  Pay-off time is-a-coming!   Now most of the bulbs are at least poking their noses through we can start planting new stuff in between.  Which means more shopping, too, of course! 

Pink jester tomatoes

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 14:37

Agree with fb.  No harm in growing the saved seed, but I wouldn't rely on just those for your crop - best to sow at least one variety from bought seed.

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 11:31

Hi all, my garden isn't as advanced as many I see photo's of here, but took a look this morning and it's definitely woken up!  It was only the 3rd or 4th frost I've had since Autumn and went down to -2.5C last night.  The plants didn't seem to mind though!

New bed 1:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38582.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

New bed 2:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38583.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

New bed 3:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38585.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Back garden 1:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38586.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Back garden 2:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38587.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Plenty to do, so back outside now!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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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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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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