Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What material to use for raised veg box

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 21:19

Carol, all modern pressure treated wood is safe to use.  They used to use heavy metal compounds containing arsenic and copper but those processes were banned many years ago.  I use decking planks as it is good value and thick enough to bear the weight of wet soil (which is extremely heavy.)  I line the inside with used compost bags to help prevent wet soil being in contact with the wood (even treated wood will rot after a few years in such conditions.)  Some of my 'decking' raised beds are 10 years old and still going strong.

Mould/fungus on tulip bulbs

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 21:05

If they had just a bit of blue mould (which is actually a penicillin) on the outer skins they will likely be ok.  Any other sort of black or grey mould or anything affecting root plate or growing tip is bad news and they'll likely not come up.

Spring bulbs blooming already

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 19:23

The good news is they will 'settle down' now they are planted and almost certainly bloom at the 'normal' time in spring 2018.

Identify & advice please

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:31

There seems to be a problem with uploading photos, Becki, so can't see them.  I think the website techs have been informed but it may take a day or two for them to fix it given the time of year.

Bare root Peony

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:18

Snap PD!

Bare root Peony

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:18

I would plant them in pots for now, horizontally just under the surface with the buds pointing upwards.  If they came in plastic bags, don't leave them in those as they will rot.

Identify & advice please

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 12:13

It sounds like you may have a mixture of plants there.  Crocosomia sounds right for the orange flowers.  If the purple flowers were on long wiry stems, several to each stem, it could be dierama (aka angel's fishing rods) which also has tall grass-like leaves:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 14:50

Just planted a fastigate cherry tree (Prunus serrulata Amanogawa) which arrived on Christmas Eve together with even more tulips..  Can't wait for spring as I've planted an unbelievable number of bulbs this year, many of which I'd forgotten I'd ordered! 

Accidentally dug through a few existing bulbs while planting, which is inevitable of course.

Also noticed the double snowdrops I planted several weeks ago are peeping their noses out of the soil - those came as dry bulbs so wasn't sure whether they'd do very well as I usually buy 'in the green'. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 20:09

Looking at the bark, I think it may be a cherry tree.

How far back should i prune my apple tree?

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 22:52

Winter pruning is primarily done to young trees in order to promote vigorous growth to get the overall 'wine glass' shape.  Once this has been achieved, it's better to switch to summer pruning which will restrict growth and promote the formation of fruiting spurs.
Having said that, what you are looking at with your tree is renovative pruning which, as mentioned by pansyface and kt53 above, should be done in winter and over the course of several years.  Here is an RHS link giving detailed advice:

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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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