BobTheGardener


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Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:14

One of our more regular IDs nut, together with the one planted by aliens (caper spurge)

So angry: Neighbour has cut back my pyracantha

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:12

Wise words Dove.  This kind of thing usually escalates rather than going away once that sort of person is confronted.  Concentrate on thinking about how nice your new garden is going to be ecokid! 

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:04

Looks more like green alkanet to me.  It is in the same family hence the similar flowers.

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Fixing browk plants with selotape

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:00

Good advice from Verdun there (welcome back by the way! )


There is still plenty of growing time left this year and you may find that by cutting the stem it sends up new shoots from the remaining leaf joints so you could end up with a shorter but multi-headed sunflower.

Can anyone help me with my Hawthorn hedge problem?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:48

I agree with Ladybird and think this is because they still establishing roots and can't support more leaves which is why the new growth is dying off.  Large hawthorn take much longer to establish than small ones.  They need to be watered at least once a week (and even every day during hot weather) throughout their first year.  I think you'll see them pick up next spring and start to grow normally.

Is this a strawberry plant?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:01

To be fair, strawberry seeds are not that easy to germinate and the fat hen seeds may have been in the compost, so it may not be the GCs fault.  

Winter aconite advice

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 12:58

Remember that they need shade in the summer too.  When I was much younger and knew little about gardening I planted some in my sun-baked front garden and although they came up in late winter, the following year precisely one reappeared!  The ideal position is under deciduous trees although I've seen them growing very happily under yew trees.

Is this a strawberry plant?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 12:42

They look very much like Chenopodium album (aka fat hen & goosefoot amongst others.)  It's a weed which seeds exteremely freely (thousands from one plant) although it is grown as a food in India.  Not strawberries, unfortunately.

Raised bed

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 08:25

It's not advisable to raise the soil level around a tree b25.  Trees need air to the roots near the surface and it can also lead to fungal infection of the bark and lead to the death of the tree.  Have a look  at this link:


http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1995/7-14-1995/prot.html

Dierama

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 22:01

I grew mine on in pots for over 2 years, repotting annually and only planted out the larger ones this spring which were about 40cm tall and had roughly a dozen leaves.  I honestly don't think they would have survived had I planted them out any younger and it may have been impossible to distinguish them from grass.  I didn't lose any of them after repotting although one or two of the weaker ones lost their leaves in the first winter but the bulbs re-sprouted in the spring although they are still growing weakly.

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Gardener's World about to start now!

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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They're about now! 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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