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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

New allotment overwintering

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:22

What type of soil is it MrsH?  Covering with anything which will eliminate light is what will kill weeds - it really doesn't matter what - if you hold it up to the sun and can't see light through it then it's fine.  I would save your pelleted manure until the Spring.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:11

The area will be absolutely fine for veg, Gina.  Any annual plant in fact as the fungus takes a relatively long time to affect roots so they won't be there for long enough for it to become a problem.  The regular cultivation of the soil which automatically happens when growing veg will also destroy the rhizomorphs (bootlaces) through which it spreads so, in time, you are very likely to be rid of the problem. 

Bird Identification

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:55

Synchronicity Dove?  Anyone ever seen a pile of unattended real gold bars in the flesh?  

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:48

Sounds like hairy bittercress, Berghill.  They have a knack of hitting me in the eyes when I'm weeding!  Might try a flame gun for killing the seeds - any recommendations for make/type?

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:39

Excellent thread David!  I dabbled with photographing fireworks in 2009 and the results can be quite surreal:

 If that one posts properly, I'll post a few more, otherwise I'll edit and retry.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:16

Ally, they flower on 2 year old wood so you need to retain some of that to get flowers which obviously later become berries.  As Dave says, it does respond well to hard pruning so you could cut back hard a third of the stems for the next 3 years which will mean 2/3rds of the shrub will flower next year and one third the year after.  By then the new growth from the first pruning will be ready to flower.  If you keep doing that, 2/3rds of the shrub will always be in flower and you keep the size under effective control.

If you wait until after it has flowered in late Spring, you'll be better able to judge what to remove and what to leave.

Chillis not yet ripe but it's winter?

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 19:42

James, when that happens to me I leave them on the plant and put them on the brightest indoor windowsill I can find.  I've had chillies turning ripe at Christmas - I put a bit of tinsel on the plants and they looked really festive!  Chillies are perennial and as long as the temperature doesn't fall below about 6-8C and they don't get too much water (causes fungal problems) they can keep going indoors almost indefinitely. 

Green water feature

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 19:13

Hi Dizzy, if it receives a lot of sunlight, try growing things around it which overhang and will give it shade.  The green is algae and the more sunlight it gets the worse it becomes.  Also never use tap water to top it up as that contains a lot of nitrates which encourages algae to grow more.  A bunch of barley tied together with string is often reported to help clear it up (this can be bought from GCs these days), but unless you want to keep replacing the barley, shade is likely a better long-term solution.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 18:55

All organic here Verd.  I have half a bag of miracle grow crystals and half a box of growmore pellets which are about 20 years old - if I ever use them, it will be to sprinkle them in small amounts on the compost heap to help break down cardboard etc, but only if I ever have trouble with my (ahem) 'organic sprinkler', if you know what I mean!  


Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:46

Some are for the new planters and some for established borders, Verdun.  A few of the more exciting (to me) ones are:

Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue'

Chaenomeles 'Crimson and Gold'

Corydalis 'Purple Leaf'

Dierama 'Merlin' (the white one was o/s)

Dicenta spectabilis

Myrtus 'Tarentina'

Viburnum 'Eve Price'

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

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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Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

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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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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