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Growing agapanthus from seed

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 11:35

Hi Anthony, while many agapanthus are hardy when established I would worry about seedlings being frozen so would keep them in a coldframe etc.  If they have not germinated yet they need to be kept indoors until spring which is the time I would normally sow them.

Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 21:17

Hi Verdun, it's almost completely resistant - perhaps 5 to10 curled leaves a season which I just pick off as I see them.  When I first planted it I missed a sucker growing from below the graft - on that small branch, every single leaf was affected (which is how I spotted it!)

silly quotes

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 21:07

There's one similar I've heard KEF - "a face like a bag of spanners"!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 21:02

Just in after watching the Rainbows Hospice fireworks at Leicester Racecourse - always very impressive (and a great view from my back garden )  Nearly got blown over by the wind though!

Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:39

Can't help on the apricot but will be keeping an eye on this thread in case anyone recommends one - after one myself.

silly quotes

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:37

My mum used to say that too, FG - and I think she was right in my case!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:34

Seriously gusty now here - worse than last Monday - it never really reached the emids.  Picked the last of the Cox's OPs just in case - great crop this year.

Apple crumble tomorrow with some windfalls from the other trees - yum!

Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:52

Yes Gothic - no other peach trees anywhere near me.  Blossom is very attractive too.

silly quotes

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:47

Gilly, I'd guess that would come from the days when sailors wore bell-bottoms (obviously requiring a lot of material.)

John Innings Number 1

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:43

There's no reason to not use old (unused) compost.  However, if the bags are left outside, the rain can wash-out a lot of the nutrients.  In that case you could simply add some fertiliser (eg fish, blood and bone) when using it for planting.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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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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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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