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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Cold frames

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 23:40

Polycarb here too - mine is at least 20 years old.  Much of the wooden frame has been replaced over the years but the top will be good for many more yet.  Sharp sand over membrane inside - for the same reasons as BL!

Early pruning advised?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 23:33

Same here.  Pruning promotes fresh growth and that's something I don't want to do at this stage - I think we are unlikely to get to spring without a good hard frost at some stage.

Essential Tools

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 23:23

Hi Tracey, the two things I use most and would be lost without are my hand trowel and border fork which do 80% of the work in my garden and veg plots.  Next would probably be the spade, secateurs, rake and hoe.  I really recommend using stainless steel tools with wooden handles but have a quite a variety of makes and can't really put one make above another - I just bought the ones that 'felt right' when I handled them in the shop.

Plant ID please

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:54

If not loosestrife, could it be one of the veronicas eg longifolia or spicata?

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 21:41

Hi ffb, just found the delivery note - I got them from Mr Fothergills (who happen to have a special offer on them at the moment )

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 21:12

I'll check my email archives tomorrow and will let you know!

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:40

Hi ffb, I have two bilberry bushes which I bought at about this time last year.  They have grown well in large containers of ericaceous compost (important that they have acid soil) so I'm hoping they will bear fruit this year but I do know they don't produce much of a crop compared to blueberries (to which they are related.)  I actually got them to add to my collection of 'unusual' soft fruit bushes.  Unfortunately I can't remember where I got them from at the moment!

Wet sioil

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 16:57

Anne, assuming it doesn't rain, dig a hole of the size you would use if planting and leave it for a few hours.  If a puddle forms at the bottom then avoid planting (that indicates the soil is waterlogged.)  If no puddle forms then drainage is ok and you are probably good to go.

 

Apple Trees

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 16:53

You could grow a 'family' tree where several different varieties (usually 3) have been grafted onto one dwarfing rootstock.  The suppliers of these usually ensure the varieties used pollinate each other too, so you shouldn't need to worry about that. I've been quite impressed by mine.  It's nearly full size now and only about 8ft tall and 5ft wide. 

Growing Sage

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 18:17

I agree with nut - common sage has lovely flowers which you will lose if it's regularly cut back hard.  If a 'branch' gets too leggy you can try cutting it back hard but they don't always send out shoots from very old wood.  I treat mine as short-lived perennials and replace them when they get too woody and leggy (after about 5 years or so) just like lavender.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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