Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Nematodes and slug control

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:56

Native58, yes they do work.

I watered them onto my whole garden on Sunday and now no sign of any slugs.  Once infected the slugs go underground to die so you will never see them unlike when using pellets or beer traps!

To be certain the nematodes work, I always catch a few and put them in a container then water on some nematodes.  Sure enough those are all now ex-slugs.

Planting Carrot seeds

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:22

Sandy soil is best for carrots but as long as you avoid using manure and heavy or stoney soil they will grow in just about anything.  If there is only the plug hole for drainage you should probably drill some extra holes and a layer of stones at the bottom sounds like a good idea.  I've very successfully grown them in a 60cm high raised bed filled with a 50/50 mix of spent compost (used for the previous year's tomatoes) and sharp sand with just a sprinking of fish, blood and bone to provide food.  Carrots don't need much in the way of fertiliser at all.

Isn't she lovely?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:13

As soon as the seed pods open, why not sow some in pots and let the rest do their own thing?  That way you will at least have some seedlings that you are sure about. 

Seeds sown now may flower next year but saved ones sown in spring will take 2 years to flower.

Last edited: 20 June 2016 19:14:57

Tree ID please

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:00

I'd also go with Cercis tree of some variety.  If not the one nut mentions have a look at other 'redbuds'  The leaves should be heart-shaped if you can find any undistorted ones.

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:07

Great news Lauren.   Don't be tempted to feed them until there are tiny tomatoes forming and they should be fine.

Is my chilli (Apache) plant too tall?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:59

It's looking fine and will grow into a nice bushy plant which will produce masses of chillies so carry on what you are doing as it looks very healthy indeed!  I would put a short cane in the pot to tie it to as it will need some support once all of those chillies start growing.

Pot plants dying off in middle

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:06

You can divide them using the strong growth from the outer parts to make new plants.  Lots of plants benefit from dividing like this, whether in the ground or in pots.  If you used multi-purpose compost in the pots, it'll be exhaused of nutrients by now anyway.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 17:51

20 million slug nematoes watered in and it started raining just as I finished so perfect!  the 100sq metre pack was enough to do all of my veg patches and borders and all for the price of a couple of plants.  If anything like last year that'll be the last I see of them until the Autumn (assuming Summer actually arrives at some point.) 

Hope everone is looking forward the midsummer day on Tuesday - it's all downhill after that folks!

Aphids on young apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 13:47

It will be worth it MamaLion.  Fruit trees do require a lot of looking after when they are young but once mature they are far less susceptible to these things. 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 13:40

Overseas aid has nothing to do with the in-or-out EU vote.  We will continue to give our defined contribution whatever happens and whoever is in government;  It's an international obligation.  What I am seeing in reality is that this government has failed in controlling all types of immigration and has now restricted student visas (because this is one of the few things they can control) and this is already severely damaging our universities (overseas students pay far more than double the fees paid by UK nationals.)  My local university is having to shed 150 jobs right now.  If we leave the EU things will become impossible and home grown student fees will have to rise sharply (potentially double) and some universites will close.  That is a fact.

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