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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 22:23

Jostaberries taste much like blackcurrants aym.  They're a bit bigger though as is the bush so if only room for one I would recommend a blackcurrant.

Talkback: 10 acers to grow

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 21:15

Good idea fidget - the techie elves could perhaps hyperlink the title text of any Talkback threads back to the original article?

Poppy seeds

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 21:11

I agree with nut - they hate being transplanted.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 21:09

Planted out two dozen broad beans, potted on ten delphiniums, knocked a tray of leeks over (which fell upside down of course) so had to rescue those into two trays of 24 modules (will be interesting to see if 'pricking out' leeks so young has any effect)  then, just as I was about the have a rest, a knock on the door and 45 strawberry runners were delivered, so had to pot those up and put them into the greenhouse for protection from squirrels.  That's my 3rd lot of strawberries this season - blummin' squirrels ate the 'heart' out of the last two batches, just leaving roots attached to nothing.

Oh, and planted a bare-root 'chuckleberry',to add to my collection of unusual soft fruit bushes.  It's a cross between gooseberry, redcurrant and jostaberry apparently.

Greenhouse base on soil - easy option

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:00

You can place them on compacted soil but it must have a metal base (often called a plinth) fitted, or it will warp as the ground moves and the glass will crack.  See here:



Aronia bush

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:55

They are very tolerant of soild pH but prefer it very slightly acid.  I would use 90% John Innes #3 with 10% ericaceous.  I have two growing in my borders in improved clay and they are doing well.  The berries will make your eyes water though!  'Superfruit' they may be but best mixed with other fruits and used in preserves or cooking in my opinion.  The autumn leaf colour is spectacular if rather short lived.

Plant ID

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:45

Yep birch, seed blown in by the wind.  Gets lots of them popping up in my pots here.

Talkback: Five of the best trees for small gardens

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 12:58

I would forget Gardenia as they are notoriously difficult to grow.  Exochorda tolerates a wide set of conditions and would probably be OK.  I have that particular prunus and while it looks great in spring, it is very boring for the rest of the year.  Philadelphus 'Virginal' is a fast grower and will get quite big - 3m x 2.5m so may quickly outgrow your space.  Another one to consider is amelanchier which is just about a perfect small tree for smaller gardens and has year round interest.

Transplanting Delay = Stunted Tomatoes, Or?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:26

If fed too early they grow masses of leaves and cropping is reduced, steveb.

Multiple headed tulips

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:20

According to this link, they are supposed to have variation:

"This lovely new Tulip  has white and pink flowers on sturdy stems
Sometimes flowers emerge white with a dash of hot pink stripes, freckles, and mottling;
sometimes they are pink with a dash of white. And sometimes they are so evenly broken it's impossible to decide which colour is dominant."

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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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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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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