Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Greenhouse thingy

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 17:51

I used to have two greenhouses - one a small 4x6 and a larger 8x6.  Then in 2002 a 70ft tall Ash tree fell on both, smashing the larger one to pieces and badly damaging the other:

With careful use of a bench vice and much muscle I managed to straighten enough pieces and combine them with parts from the small one to make a 10x6 which is still in use today.

Try that with a wooden-framed one!

Sequestrene substitute

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 17:33

Tim, look for "sequestered Iron plant food".  Sequestrene is just a brand name for the same thing (a soluble food containing Iron often used for feeding acid-loving plants.)

Patio roses

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:57

Now is perfect for pruning patio roses Ann.  Because they haven't been regularly pruned they might not like being pruned back hard but my experiences of roses in general is that they are pretty hardy things that want to live so I would cut them back hard.

More experienced rose growers may have better advice though.

bare root shrubs

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:42

Sounds like we bought the same offer keenbutgreen.   Mine were potted-up about 3-4 days after arrival so if we both have the same fatalities it may be down to the supplier - let's keep in touch about this as the roots on mine already looked pretty dry when they arrived.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:35

A good way to remember the loose/lose thing is that one should lose the 'o' 

What is this that has invaded and destroyed my erysimum...?

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:28

Looks a little like one of the saxifrages such as Saxifragia hypnoides but it shouldn't have affected your erysimum.  Erysimum are short-lived perennials and it is common for them to suddenly die off for no apparent reason.

bare root shrubs

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:22

If you left the roots wrapped there is a good chance they will survive.  Fingers crossed time now!  If any of them haven't shown signs of growth by about mid-April, scrape the bark off near the top with your thumbnail - if green then they are still alive.  If brown then try lower down but if brown all the way back to the base then they have snuffed it.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:15

Hi Emma, those recommendations on the packet assume ideal conditions.  In the case of tomatoes that means a heated greenhouse or equivalent, with lots of natural light from all angles and a constant temperature of about 15-20C.

They don't tell you that on the packet though!

Maggots in my strawberry plants.

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:11

Vine weevil grubs, Clarington.  They are definitely the reason your strawberry plants died.

The best thing to do is wash all soil from the roots of any remaining plants and plant them into fresh compost.

Put a sheet of weed fabric or something similar down in your garden and tip the compost with the grubs in on to it then spread it thinly.  The birds will then have a feast and eat those grubs.  Don't re-use that compost for potting even after the birds have done their job but it will be fine spread on your borders as vine weevil have many enemies in garden soil.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:11

Around 'ere Fairy, I also have to put up with everybody using 'of' instead of 'have', as in "He should of scored that one".  I have a strong local accent but that doesn't mean I have to write things down in the same way that I say them!

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