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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:36

Heh heh! Perfect answer, nut!

Talkback: Rose pruning

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:33

Hi Blubell, if you have been there a while and this just appeared in your garden it is almost certainly a wild rose from seed via bird droppings.  The most common one in the uk is the dog rose (Rosa canina.)  It should flower but they don't last long and the hips are it's best feature.  I have them growing in a wild hedge but the prunings are a nightmare to deal with as the thorns are extremely sharp.  If you prune it, it will still grow a couple of metres every year so I would be tempted to remove it unless you have a 'wild' style garden and can put up with such a rampant shrub.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/rosa-canina/500.html

 

What is this glossy leaved evergreen?

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 12:08

If you are using a PC, try a different web browser and/or make sure your photo is a .jpg and the file size is no larger than 1MB.  If you are using something else, let us know what it is as someone else here might have a similar device.

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 12:03

To only grow about 5 times as many plants from seed as I can find room for instead of 10 times as many!

Initial Seed Planting & Potting Up

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 18:00

Agree with all above plus we usually plant young tomatoes so that some of the stem is buried.  Extra roots grow from those first few inches of stem which helps to produce a larger, stronger plant.

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:55

Here's a few from late Feb 2007 to remind us of the coming Spring.

(Canon 350D)

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/35434.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/35435.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/35436.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

What is this ornamental tree please?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:21

Bet nut knows!

Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:07

I had parsnips, carrots, two types of potato, brussels, savoy cabbage, leeks and squash, all fresh from the garden (well, apart from the squash which was stored in the conservatory.)  Lovely it was too!   Pity I don't have room to keep poultry or I would have grown everything on the plate.

Dwarf Tulips in Pots

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:00

They're a bit advanced due to the mild temperatures we've had so far this winter but will slow down when it gets colder.  Bulbs contain everything they need to flower and you don't need to feed them until after they have flowered.  Doing that builds the bulb up for next year and either of your feeds will be fine.  If you don't plan to keep the bulbs (many treat tulips as annuals these days) then you wouldn't bother to feed them at all. 

Quick Growing Hedge

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 16:54

I'd say about 5 years minimum for most suitable hedging shrubs to form (say) a 1.5m tall hedge and longer before it becomes "solid" or higher.  Privet would certainly take that long.

You could do it a little faster by buying mature plants as KEF says but that would likely cost you more than replacing the fence - large plants don't come cheap and you would need about 5 or 6 to replace each panel to make a hedge of any substance (ie thick enough to keep people/animals out or for privacy.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
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