Latest posts by BobTheGardener

calcified seaweed

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 20:56
punkdoc wrote (see)

What is potato fertiliser, is it any different to a general multi purpose fertiliser?

Just a different NPK ratio pdoc.  Farmers use roughly 1:1:1.5.  You won't find that though, it will be something like 6-3-8, 15-13-19 or 14:14:21 just to confuse us!

Too much nitrate (N) will lead to overgrown greenery on top at the expense of fewer/smaller potatoes.

I didn't fertilize mine at all one year and didn't notice any reduction in cropping, but I'm on clay soil.  Sandy soils probably do need it to get a good crop.

To answer James' question, I would never mix two different things like that, always apply separately and with a gap of a few weeks.  Mixing lime and fertilizer, for example, will result in all of the nitrogen being released extremely rapidly (sometimes dangerously so) leaving little for later use by the plants when they need it.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 21:01

One solution for this particular problem is to mount wooden fence posts on the sides (ie front or back as you face the fence) of the concrete ones, using a masonary bit, long screws and rawlplugs.  You will then be able to use 'U' clips on one side of each new wooden post and 'L' clips on the other which will enable you to fit new fence panels in sideways.

Alternatively, fit arris rails between the concrete posts and build a new fence using vertical feather-edge boards.

Shallot seeds

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 18:49

Yes, I think that's what will happen.  If you grow plenty so you eat the majority of single bulbs but keep a few for next year, you'll effectively have your own sets which will split and produce the usual 6-10 bulbs per plant, next year.

Greehouse Questions

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 20:46

You could be right Zoomer.  The guttering on mine is built-in to the sections which run the length of each side at the point the roof meets the sides.  It has plastic end-stops which have a connection for a bit of hosepipe to take the rain into a butt.

As for leaks etc, clear silicone sealant cures all manner of leaks and ill-fitting parts on aluminium greenhouses. 

Without dismantling the GH, one solution would be to fit U-shaped guttering as close to and slightly below the sections mentioned previously and then run a length of aluminium tape to make sure the water flows down the roof and into the guttering.  You'd need to stick the aluminium tape on during a dry period or it will fail to stick properly though.


Potatoes - Earlies and Main Crop

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 18:39

Leeks are great for following earlies but you need to start them off in modules or a nursery bed and transplant once you've lifted the spuds and added some fertilizer.


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:23

Yep, failed to grasp the nettle yet again, Verdun! 

Lizyann, as a Foxes fan I spent half a season at the bottom of the Premiere League and look what's happened since!  Don't give up - even if you go down, it will be a chance to rebuild and get rid of some over-paid under-performers.

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:18

Hi Susan,  A John Innes #3 formula is best.  Perhaps mix-in about 20% by volume of well-rotted farm yard manure (bagged stuff from a gerden centre is ideal for this) but don't add fresh manure.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:58

Well done folks!  Dug up a few spuds I'd forgotten about and was suprprised to find they were perfect with little slug damage and hardly any sprouting.  Baked spuds coming up for tea.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 18:23

Also had to deal with vine weevils in heuchera pots today.

3 of the 8 in the coldframe had tops which came off when I lifted so those divided and repotted and the rest treated with vine weevil killer which is just about the only chemical I still use these days.  Will be investing in a large quantity of nematodes when it is warm enough.  After losing my remaining winter carrots a few weeks ago and recently finding one inside a parsnip, I will be overrun with the bu&&ers if I don't take serious action!


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 17:55

Looking forward to MOTD tonight!  Hope Chelsea get back to form against Arsenal tomorrow to keep the Foxes top.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
Replies: 4    Views: 197
Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
Replies: 37    Views: 1225
Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
Replies: 84    Views: 6267
Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

Replies: 18    Views: 864
Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
Replies: 3    Views: 392
Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 467
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1376
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 1004
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 19    Views: 2175
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
Replies: 11    Views: 690
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 711
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
Replies: 9    Views: 1333
Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
Replies: 12    Views: 1116
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 1166
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 1160
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28
1 to 15 of 37 threads