BobTheGardener


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Tulip planting distances

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:51

Agree with FG, as close as you like as long as you don't expect them to flower in subsequent years.  Effectively, you treat them as annuals if you want a packed display.  Don't do that with species tulips which will come back every year though, those need space to multiply.

how to get rid of compost midges?

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:32

If you've covered the surface with gravel, you are probably just seeing the flies hatching from the larvae which were already in the soil.  If the flies can't lay eggs in the soil they will disappear soon.

Unknown plant!

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:30

Agree, Datura stramonium, known as Jimsonweed in the US.


Some tips on how to control here:


http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/jimsonweed-control.htm

Last edited: 02 October 2016 20:31:15

Frost proofing a greenhouse

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:42

One problem with paraffin heaters is that they generate a lot of moisture which produces condensation and that can cause things to rot, so make sure you ventilate it during the day.  A surprising amount of protection can be obtained by draping fleece over your plants, so perhaps also do that with any particularly tender ones during very cold spells.

Last edited: 02 October 2016 17:42:59

Funny veg

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:32

On a slightly rude theme, this one from 2014:



Diseased Magnolia and Oak leaves

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:22

A couple of my magnolia in pots look similar and I think it's due to the pots getting a bit too dry earlier in the year.  The same varieties I have planted in the ground look fine.  If you need to keep them in pots, I would put them into larger ones and use a John Innes #3 mixed with about 20% of ericaceous compost (and leaf mould if you are lucky enough to have any) as this seems to hold water well.

Last edited: 02 October 2016 17:25:17

Fungi id required

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 13:50

Me neither HC.  Hogweed, it looks like it's linked to a microsoft account.  Try downloading to your PC etc and then upload from there using the camera icon.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 12:54

As above, it's a very nice day but everything is still very damp after 8 hours of steady drizzle yesterday.

greenhouse's

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 12:31

Many will supply a base (often called a plinth) and the stronger makes of GH such as Rhino can be erected directly on firm soil if such a base is used.  Like Frank says, changing the soil in a GH border does become a bit of a chore though.  I dug mine out after about a few years and lined the trenches with a strong landscape fabric then filled it with multi-purpose compost which makes things a bit easier when changing the soil (which needs doing annually or at least every couple of years.)  The main advantage with GH soil borders is that much less watering is needed than when growing in pots but things like tomatoes will send roots out of the bottom of the pot into a layer of gravel which works well as Frank again mentions.

help with a difficult border

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 12:08

Clematis, ferns and heuchera for me.  All of those are happy in shade and the latter will give year round colour.

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Some kind of mint?

 
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Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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