Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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.    

Need ideas please for a steep slope

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 19:14

I agree, terracing is the way to go.  If you can make a level path from left to right, starting about half way up the steps, you'll be able to reach any section for maintenance.   Some of those large rocks will be in the way though, so you'll need some help to either get them moved or removed.  You might even be able to re-use them as a kind of retaining 'wall', otherwise you'll need to build one, perhaps using wooden sleepers.  It'll be hard work and may need a professional to do it safely.


Posted: 15/03/2016 at 22:18

Harrod Horticultural have a good range, Silverlight.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 21:36

Very true Vegemight but if you want unusual varietes such as heirloom tomatoes or particular varieties of chillies or peppers then there really is no choice but to grow from seed.  The good thing is that you usually get far more seeds than you need so I don't sow them all at once and can have another go if one lot fails (or are eaten by pests, dropped upside down on the floor, etc. etc.)


Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:11

If in pots, I'd use 60% John Innes #3, 20% garden compost, 10% well rotted manure and 10% ericaceous.  The JI #3 is a superb base for permanent container plantings.

Trellis - neighbour says no!

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 19:06

Those borders look a bit narrow to me and the plants will always be a bit on the dry side because of the rain shadow and wick effect of a wall.  Can you make them wider (1m is usually considered a minimum)?  That would give you room to put in supports, too, avoiding the foundations.

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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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They're about now! 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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Have fun identifying plants! 
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