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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

To feed or not to feed ???

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:57

I agree with Dave and also suggest you use a John Innes No3 when you replace the top layer of compost as that formula is designed for permanent container planting. 

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 20:26

Fingers crossed Philippa!

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:46

Love that phrase 'cat-faced' - Purrfect description!   Mine today - just beginning to turn colour.  Every fruit I've ever had from Costoluto Genovese has been 'cat faced':

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57433.jpg?width=350

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57434.jpg?width=350

Great flavour though!

Football season - 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:18

We lost 2-0 away at Chelsea but not by as many as I expected for a newly promoted team.  0-0 after 65 minutes and we gave them a few scares in the 1st half !  Overall, pleased with the performance so far - I think we will be staying up this season which is priority #1, 2 and 3!

Dr Who

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:12

I love all sci-fi so looking forward to it.  Like most Dr Who fans I am usually slow to start liking 'new Doctors' but usually warm to them after a few episodes.

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 19:06

An updated photo from today:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/57430.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I'm cautiously optimistic I may get a crop from them but reckon we need more good weather (particularly higher temps than at present) to be sure.

 

sorry who is this?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:58

The few I've considered ignoring were eventually removed by the mods anyway so I don't bother these days.

Tomatoes

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:54

I've been eating Sungold for weeks - they are always the first to ripen and last to finish cropping here, so have a permanent place in my planting plans.   Suncherry Premium, too (similar in all respects to Sungold but red.)  All of the others are behind this year despite starting earlier than usual - cold spells early in the growing season are to blame IMO.

Raising Cedar Crown - Advice Please!

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:39

Cedar isn't a native species (it's from Lebanon and surrounds) and isn't particularly valuable to wildlife.  As others have said, it's usually planted as a specimen on large country estates and does look out of place in a normal garden.  Personally, I would have it felled as you will then be able to grow a lot more plants and shrubs and increase the natural diversity which will help all manner of wildlife.

Magnolia

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 15:00

I wouldn't give any extra feed in the water Linda, just prepare the planting hole well by digging-in plenty of compost and a couple of handfuls of fish, blood and bone.  Modern thoughts are to dig a square rather than a round planting hole and about twice the width of the pot.  Mix compost with the dug-out soil and back-fill with the mixture keeping the base of the trunk at the same level in the soil as it was in the pot.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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