Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Melons and cucumbers

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 20:05

Cucs and melons are really more compatible than cucs and tomatoes are.  They both like humid conditions whereas tomatoes prefer dry air.

Tomato support

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 20:01

Stout posts, horizontal wire and vertical string down to each plant for me.

Anyone have damage from last night's tulmultous weather?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 19:56

Aluminium greenhouse roof vent blown completely out of the frame (not seen that before!) and the glass in it smashed.  Luckily, I bought a 'job lot' of 4mm polycarbonate sheet a few weeks ago so it was repaired in minutes.  And I drilled some holes at the hinge point of both the frame and vent and wired them together, so that particular design failure won't be troubling me again..   Still very windy but we've had no rain in Leics - more's the pity as I've just had to water the strawberries again.  Luckily most fruit still seems to be on the trees and bushes.

Multi-bum stawberries

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 15:42

It's caused by incomplete pollination and can happen to any kind of strawberry and results in the flesh being 'pinched' in the area where the seeds (which are on the outside of course) haven't been fertilized.

Love lies bleeding from seed

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:37

I'd say at least half and maybe even most of everything I do in the garden was learnt from Geoff.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:31

Lots of potting-on done today.  I would normally be putting these partticular plants in the borders at this time but they are a bit smaller than usual due to the cool weather we've been having.  I'd sooner delay by a week or two than give the slugs a feast!

A dozen melon plants and four cucumbers planted into the polytunnel together with about a dozen 'spare' tomato plants that I had no room for in the greenhouse;  I've given away as many as I can but can't bear to assign the remaining ones to the compost heap..  There are still a dozen to go outside but the forecast is for 4C and battering winds for a couple of days or so, so won't risk them yet.

So&&ing woodpigeons ate 2 rows of cabbages (which I forgot to net yesterday evening) early this morning - luckily I had spares for those too!


Dwarf Apple Trees

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 16:36

Just once in early spring is enough in my experience Paul.  Just sprinkle it on top of the compost (check the dosage rate on the packet, but I would say a small handful for a 50cm diameter container) and 'tickle' it into the surface of the soil/compost.  You could repeat in mid summer, but avoid over-feeding anything as this will lead to lush leafy growth which is prone to pests & diseases and may actually retard fruiting.

Dwarf Apple Trees

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:43

I tend to use fish, blood & bone on all my fruit trees in early spring as it is well-balanced and long-lasting.  You can supplement with liquid tomato feed once the fruit has set as this is higher in phosphate which benefits fruit and flowering.

Help finding wall bracket/ hook

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:36

Thinking outside the box, how about using an 'F-clamp' or bar clamp:

Mount upside-down on top of the wall and hang the basket from the overhanging end of the bar (you would need to drill a hole to take the hook from the basket chains.)  They come in a range of lengths so you can get the overhang length right.




Dwarf Apple Trees

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:04

Don't let them fruit in the first year Paul.  They need to develop a good root system before you let them produce apples.  All you need to do for now is keep them watered and occasionally feed them.  In the winter you will need to prune them to make sure that they develop a good shape - see the RHS advice here:



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