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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Patio Pear

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 11:05

Paddy,  young (until they are about 5 years old) apple and pear trees are pruned in winter when they are dormant - see RHS advice here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=164

when they are older you switch to summer pruning to keep them to the size you want.

Plums are treated differently:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=339

 

 

 

2 from 6 aint good

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:57

The non-flowering ones are probably still building-up their bulbs to flowering size.  To help them along, feed them regularly this year and, with luck, they will flower next year.  Fish, blood and bone sprinkled on the soil around them two or three times a year is good and perhaps also use a liquid feed regularly.  Dosage as per packet/bottle.

help

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:51

I wouldn't - see my reply to your other thread.

peppers

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:50

I don't pinch out them at all, just transplant into larger pots once the roots fill the pots they are in.  Pinching out delays flowering and both chillies and peppers need as long a growing season as possible;  as this is relatively short in the UK compared to their native habitat they are best left to their own devices.

help

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:39

Hi marksman, I grow them in small modules, 1 seed per module and transplant into 3 inch pots when they are about an inch tall.  If in a seed tray I would prick them out at the same stage.  They seem to prefer to be gradually moved to larger pots in stages so mine are transplanted into 5 inch pots when the roots reach the sides and bottom of the small pots and then into their final pots when the roots reach the sides/bottom of the 5".  When transplanting, the whole rootball is moved without disturbing the roots.

 

Viburnum disease help

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 20:05

Fungal or bacterial infection - viburnums are susceptible to several.  Try spraying with a general fungicide like Bayer Fungus Fighter or Westland Plant Rescue.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:16

Thanks RB - they are just lovely aren't they!  I just looked up my order for you - they are "Red Sensation" from Van Meuwen.

Freesias

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:02

I find them more than a little finicky - one year they do OK and others virtually nothing.  I think it depends on how the bulbs have been produced and treated by the suppliers.  I've never managed to get them to flower again in the second year despite trying all sorts of mollycoddling.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 18:52

While cutting the hedge, I found a lonely looking Sarcococca hookeriana I had completely forgotten about lost behind a Dicentra (which is now huge) so moved it to a shady spot near the conservatory so I can enjoy it in the winter.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 18:42

Mrs BtG loves red flowers, so this is what I planted in the bed outside the back door:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/74169.jpg?width=350

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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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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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

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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