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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Planting out Salvias

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 18:50

I would get them planted. Harden them off by putting outside during the day and bringing back inside at night for a few days beforehand though.

Winkle weeded

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 18:46

I've never heard of a hoe called that - possibly a brand name?  As is often the case in gardening, local names for things vary massively!

Have a look at the links below to see if you can spot the type:

There are at least 50 types of hoe!  My favourite is a stirrup hoe.


Meconopsis delight

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 22:04

Well onr gurbian, it's no mean feat to grow meconopsis from seed and keep them alive long enough to flower!  I think I'll try one more time..

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 21:59

Artjack & Andy, whatever you do, don't look at the heuchera selection at unless you want to make yourself very poor very quickly!

Spring Bulbs in Pots/Tubs

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 17:11

Hi Dave, any general purpose fertiliser will be fine.  A liquid feed like tomato food would be best as they will only take feed while the leaves are green, and that won't be for much longer.  Once the leaves die back, that's it for this year and you can stop feeding and watering them. 


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:09

I always grow a couple of these.  Like Salino, I don't find the taste particularly outstanding (but it is good.)  I do find they are a very reliable cropper of slightly larger than medium sized fruit which are particularly attractive when sliced in salads as the flesh is very red inside compared to many tomatoes which have red skins but pink flesh.


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:01

Steve, try feeding with suphate of potash.  Lack of Potassium (the K in NPK fertilisers) is vital for plants to develop flowers and fruit and may help if your soil is short on this nutrient.

bulb id

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:46

It's a cereal of some kind, wheat, barley etc, probably from bird seed.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:59

And some close ups of various plants which look good at the mo:

Heuchera "key lime pie":

 Soloman's Seal in flower:

and one of my 3 veg plots.  Near to far: white onion, parsnips, carrots, red onions, broad beans, runner beans, comfrey:



Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:51

Great photo's folks!  Here are some from today:

I replaced the 20 year old timber surrounding a raised bed and extended it last week, also adding a herb bed:


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ID trumpet flower

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Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

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