BobTheGardener


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Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:57

A greenhouse is only suitable for a relatively small range of fruit and veg but if those are what you want to grow, any greenhouse with toughened glass should be ok.  The majority of fruit & veg need to be grown outdoors though and the main problem with those will be rabbits.  You could try fencing off your veg patch with wire mesh, making sure you bury the mesh about 20-30 cm down in the soil.  It only needs to be 60-100cm tall though as rabbits can't jump very high.

If you decide to get a greenhouse and want to have planting beds inside, best to line those with wire mesh too otherwise vermin will almost certainly burrow in.  If you erect a GH on a concrete base and only grow in pots etc you should be OK though.

What is eating all of my plants?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:42

Adult vine weevil, possibly.  They overwinter under the cover of stones, pots etc and are known to take chunks out of the edge of leaves.  They are also nocturnal, so aren't often seen during the day.

Molly the Witch in trouble

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:26

Fingers crossed nut.  Does look a bit like a powdery mildew though.

Tiger Bean

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:22

They look more like dwarf beans (aka french beans) to my eye, Androo.

Which variety of second early potatoes

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:12

Kestrel for me as they taste lovely and are slug resistant as a bonus.

Can i grow anything in here?

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:27

One thing which might grow in a stoney/rubble-rich soil is creeping Thyme which would love the drainage, but does need a fairly sunny spot..  I would risk a pound or two on a pack of seeds and just sprinkle them along the base of the fence and see what happens.   If it grows it will help keep weeds down and the bees & butterflies will love it.

Plant ID X 2

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 19:34

The blue one could be chionodoxa (a bulb.)

Mister / sprayer - recommendation sought

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:58

Tonio, I use one my OH got from her hairdresser - it has lasted for years.

How long to wait with bagged manure

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:56

Loz, I use that exact same bagged manure and have excellent results when used directly at planting time but I wouldn't use it (or any other manure, no matter how well rotted) with root crops.  Carrots and parsnips will still fork and basically just don't need such a rich soil;  A sprinking of fish blood and bone when preparing the area is more than sufficient.  By all means dig-in multi-purpose compost and sharp sand to make a nice fine soil in the area (which root crops will appreciate) but leave the manure out.

What's the secret to raising strong tomato plants?

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 18:48

In addition to the other replies concerning plenty of light and growing them hard (which I fully agree with), I have found that brushing my hand over the seedlings every time I pass seems to help keep them short and stocky, perhaps simulating wind and strengthening the stems?  Anecdotal I know but that's what I do.    

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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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

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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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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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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