Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:00

One of my plans is to renovate and raise this border which has had little attention for 10 years and doesn't have many 'exciting' plants in it, except for a tree peony, a couple of clematis and a few bulbs and heucheras:

Everything will be dug out, a couple of tonnes of well-rotted manure and compost added and raised to about 30cm as it is one of the lowest part of my garden which is on clay.  Too busy with seedlings and getting the veg plot ready at the mo so it will have to wait until the Easter break!

Yellow slime on tree stump

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:47

I doubt it is harmful to animals, but why not simply cover it with an old compost bag weighed down with bricks to keep them away to be safe?   It is helping to break down the wood so is a friend rather than a foe.

Yellow slime on tree stump

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:33

That is another fungus or, more likely, a slime mould which has taken advantage of the oozing sap which the roots will still be producing.  It's not honey fungus so no need to worry about this particular one.

What is this?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 14:22

Agreed, they move well.  The roots can be wide spreading rather than deep when they are that size, so don't dig too close to the stem when you lift them and loosen the soil in about a circle of 30cm around the plant and the roots will come with it. 

Sub soil? Or base of old driveway?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 12:58

It looks like the base of the old drive to me so would have been compacted when the drive was laid.  I would remove it from beneath where you want to grow veggies so you have at least 30cm of soil on top.  If it goes deeper than that you could break it up below 30cm with a fork and mix it with soil as you go.

Planting photinias in containers

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 12:52

Yes and yes.  I would also cover the stones or gravel at the bottom with a layer of weed membrane or woven landscaping fabric.  That will prevent the gaps between the stones being filled with fine soil over time and eventually reducing the drainage.  Make the holes at least 10mm in diameter and make plenty of them.

Last edited: 02 April 2017 12:52:18

Compost juice

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 12:47

It will be fine as a lquid feed as long as you water it down well.  The 'rule of thumb' for home-made liquid feeds is to dilute them until the water looks like weak tea.  That is usually about 20:1.

Ground cover ID

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 12:43

Looking closer I think LB is right about the flower.  The foliage in the bottom half does look very salvia-like.

Ground cover ID

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 12:27

The foliage at the top looks like aquilegia.  I think you're probably right about the flower being a hyacinth - they are out now.

Last edited: 02 April 2017 12:27:43

Plant / Weed ID

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 11:24

Horsetail, I'm sorry to say.  Pull them up and throw them in the black bin.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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