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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Victoria plum tree

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 18:05

I would also only use a John Innes No 3 for this.  Composts based on the No 3 formula are not only suitable for permanent container plantings but, because they are loam-based, are much heavier and will help to prevent the wind blowing the tree over.  That can be quite a problem for fruit-laden trees which are planted in pots.

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 17:42

It's snowing here with very large flakes which have been caught nicely by the flash:

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 19:26

This is my peach tree with blue LED lights - you can just about see the christmas tree inside, too:

 Merry Christmas everyone!

water butt

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 13:32

Nice one Alan.  It can get very dry for those of us in the East of the country - I'm sure you have noticed since moving from wettest Wales!


Posted: 24/12/2014 at 13:28

Actually I remember the Christmas smilies being more trouble than they were worth and long threads about them because some couldn't use them and later, some couldn't get rid of them!

Yes please Fairy - can I have a noisette (pretty please!)?


Posted: 24/12/2014 at 12:08

Same here in Leics Dove

Just off outside to plant a Magnolia which has spent a year in a large pot.

Hey, where are our forum Christmas smilies - I've only just noticed we don't have them this year!



Posted: 24/12/2014 at 11:59

They can be kept going if they like the conditions you give them over the winter but can be a bit finicky and usually some won't survive.  No harm in trying though.  When I've kept both peppers and chillies alive it was without leaves in a sort of dormant state - the stems remained green and any sections which turned brown from the tips were removed.  In the spring new stems start growing from the points where the old leaves had fallen (or had been removed) from.  I kept them in a room where temps were never outside the range of 10 to 20C (usually towards the lower end of that range) and didn't water them unless the compost was bone dry.  I know others keep them growing (with leaves) on a sunny windowsill but find I always and up overwintering aphids too when I try that!

Ground cover between veg?

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 17:57

Have to agree with scroggin and verdun as I also grow veg with closer spacing than usually recommended so they effectively keep the weeds down themselves.  One other reason is they grow smaller;  I used to grow cabbages almost the size of footballs but with only the two of us there was always a lot of waste or the excess had to be kept in the fridge.  With closer spacing I now grow them to the size of large grapefruit which is the perfect size for us and means everything is that much fresher - nearly all veg come straight from the garden to the pot.

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 23:31

I know what you mean Charlie.  At least he wasn't convinced it was a 'UFO' which Jupiter is often reported as! When the atmosphere is unstable even bright planets can 'twinkle' like stars, showing muliple changing colours and can even seem to move about a small amount which often causes confusion.  There are some great mobile phone apps now which allow you just to point your phone at the sky and it tells you what you can see.  Quite amazing technology really!

ID please - unknow bulb

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 16:42

I'd guess arum lily too, perhaps one of the more tender types with spotted leaves, judging by the shoot.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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