BobTheGardener


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UV Bulb in pond

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:31

Rich, the balls are Mercury which vapourises when the bulb gets hot and it is the gaseous (actually a plasma) Mercury which emits the UV.  For this reason, dispose of the old bulb properly (ie it needs to go with WEEE electrical recycling and don't put it in your dustbin) and take care not to break the glass as Mercury is very toxic.

Advice on a good start

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:27

I agree with Dave, dig in plenty of well rotted manure.  With chalk being present, your soil may well be alkaline so avoid any acid-loving plants until you can get it tested.

Peas and beans up a frame.....

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:23

Tootles, get netting with holes large enough to get your hand through (or use old stuff you don't mind ripping a hole in) or you may not be able to easily reach pods or beans which decide to grow on the inside of the netting.  Very frustrating if you use netting with small holes like I did many years ago!

Potting on seedlings

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 11:03

I do the same nut.  I try and avoid going from a 'pure' seed compost to a 'pure' MP as my thoughts are it can shock the seedlings going from one medium to another.  I also find some seed composts are quite heavy making it easy to damage roots when pricking out.  When mixed with sieved MPC, it lightens up and pricking out is easier. 

New garden - plant ID

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 20:43

Check the drainage in the trough - the weedy, water-loving grass could be self seeded and whatever was originally in there died-off due to waterlogging.

Beheaded Tulips

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 20:40

If the heads are gone and not just broken off (woodpigeons do that to mine), it's possibly  squirrels unless you are rural in which case deer are a good bet.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 19:39

Lovely day here, used some feather edge fencing boards to raise the edges of the borders in the polytunnel a few inches to prevent soil spilling over.  Will be sowing carrots and parsnips in there tomorrow instead of the outside raised beds.  Did more weeding and noticed the delphiniums were up a few inches, so the organic slug pellets worked.

Most of the brassica seedlings I planted over Easter are up - must post pics on the seedling thread.

too late to get eremurus flowers?

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 17:22

Mine (grown from seed) is about 10 years old and I'm still waiting for it to flower!  Not the right conditions here for them though.  Foliage is strong and reliable but never a flower spike, alas.

New garden - plant ID

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 17:14

1 looks like a heuchera - they look messy at this time of the year.

2 maybe Lonicera? - cut back hard if so.

3 ?

4 (1) Elder (2) another Elder (3) Kerria Japonica

5 Yes, hardy geranium - cut back all dead/dying foliage

6 Look like hotas - plant at same level in soil, watch for slugs!

7 blue flower is anenome blanda, not sure about nettle-like foliage plant.

8 Yes, foxgloves - no need to do anything at all.

9 No sure if root is for what look like golden sword yucca

10 Peony

11 Clematis (not sure which one)

12 looks like wallflower (Erysimum)

13 is, I think, a Daphne.  Lucky you!

14 a buddleia of some type, probably a dwarf one prune hard to lowest leaves

15 - 18 I'll leave for others!

 

 

Shallow rooted Climber

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:59

Annual climbers like sweet peas, ipomoea and even runner neans (which were originally grown for decoration) would probably be fine.  I'd go for morning glory - quite a few attractive type of ipomoea around and a good time to sow them inside.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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