BobTheGardener


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Funny veg

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:32

On a slightly rude theme, this one from 2014:



Diseased Magnolia and Oak leaves

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:22

A couple of my magnolia in pots look similar and I think it's due to the pots getting a bit too dry earlier in the year.  The same varieties I have planted in the ground look fine.  If you need to keep them in pots, I would put them into larger ones and use a John Innes #3 mixed with about 20% of ericaceous compost (and leaf mould if you are lucky enough to have any) as this seems to hold water well.

Last edited: 02 October 2016 17:25:17

Fungi id required

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 13:50

Me neither HC.  Hogweed, it looks like it's linked to a microsoft account.  Try downloading to your PC etc and then upload from there using the camera icon.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 12:54

As above, it's a very nice day but everything is still very damp after 8 hours of steady drizzle yesterday.

greenhouse's

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 12:31

Many will supply a base (often called a plinth) and the stronger makes of GH such as Rhino can be erected directly on firm soil if such a base is used.  Like Frank says, changing the soil in a GH border does become a bit of a chore though.  I dug mine out after about a few years and lined the trenches with a strong landscape fabric then filled it with multi-purpose compost which makes things a bit easier when changing the soil (which needs doing annually or at least every couple of years.)  The main advantage with GH soil borders is that much less watering is needed than when growing in pots but things like tomatoes will send roots out of the bottom of the pot into a layer of gravel which works well as Frank again mentions.

help with a difficult border

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 12:08

Clematis, ferns and heuchera for me.  All of those are happy in shade and the latter will give year round colour.

Grubs

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 12:04

Does it look anything like this ladybird pupal case?


http://www.mywildlifefriendlygarden.com/Images/Insects/2013-07-06%20harlequin%20larva.JPG

Last edited: 02 October 2016 12:04:39

Spent summer tub soil, what to do next?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 16:09

Yes, my used MP compost goes onto the borders and veg plot.  While it has no nutrient value it makes an excellent soil conditioner.  There have been a few recent threads about this and most folk do the same.

Spent summer tub soil, what to do next?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 15:50

It depends on what the 'soil' in the tub is Tina.  If it is garden soil or a John Innes compost then you can just add some fertiliser.  If it is a general multi-purpose compost then best replaced but if you are only growing pansies or other winter bedding etc then you could try doing that and replace the whole lot in the spring.  Alternatively, scrape off the top few inches and replace with fresh compost.

Plant ID

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 17:16

Do you work for the Guernsey tourist board GD?  If not, you should, as I would certainly love to visit after seeing so many beautiful plants in your various ID threads!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'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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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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