Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Threadworms in soil?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:16

They are nematodes of some kind and are generally harmless or even beneficial.  All soil contains nematodes but most are very small so go unnoticed.

Aquilegia plantlings

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:06

Sow them when the seed pods are opening on the ones you are already growing.  This gives them time to establish before they go dormant over winter.  Spring sowing works but you usually have to wait a year before they flower.

Unfortunate weed or happy accident..?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:03

1) looks like a carrot - maybe from birdseed. It could be one of a few other things but is definitely not a weed so would leave it.

2) is a poppy.

3) don't know but is another 'not a weed'!

Do I really need all of the John Innes for seeds??

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 09:56

I buy mine from Wickes.  As long as it is 'sharp' or 'grit' sand and not 'builders' sand you should be OK.  Sharp sand is gritty whereas builders sand has round grains.  No issues with lime or salt with the stuff I buy.


Posted: 04/06/2016 at 09:44

It's a variegated weigela, possibly 'Florida Variegata'.

Should I wait till next year?

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 23:01

Here are some that aren't fussy and grow quickly: African daisy (Osteospurmum), Alyssum, Calendula, Candytuft, Coreopsis, Gypsophilia, Impatiens, Marigold, Mimulus, Nasturtium, Phlox.

Should I wait till next year?

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:59

Yes, I'd use annuals this year as you will get a display and they will outgrow grass.  Perennials are often slow to establish which might let the grass take hold again.  When the annuals have died off at the end of the year you can just keep hoeing the area over the winter (or cover it with bark etc) which will keep the grass and weeds down until it is time to plant your perennials.  In general, the larger you can grow perennials in pots, the better they will survive when planted out so you could get some going this year and keep them in pots until next spring.

Aquilegia plantlings

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:51

I find they much prefer being in the ground and don't really like growing in pots, especially in MPC.  If you have to grow them in pots, I would put garden soil in them.  I grow them here on clay which they love.

Do I really need all of the John Innes for seeds??

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:47

I tend to mix my own seed sowing mixture using some seed compost mixed with sieved multi-purpose compost, sharp sand and vermiculite.  I then prick-out into sieved MPC with some sharp sand and pot on into as-it-comes MPC.  I mainly use Wickes MPC and some Grosure with added JI as I like the texture.  Always great results and I grow veg, perennials, annuals, trees, fruit and shrubs. 

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Should I wait till next year?

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 21:36

If you think it might be an invasive grass such as couch grass:

Then unless you dug out every single piece of root it will come back.  If it is that, let it grow and spray with a glyphosate based weedkiller and let it go completely brown before removing otherwise the roots won't be killed.

If it was just normal grasses, then you could plant up with lots of summer bedding plants which will shade out any grass growth and just weed out any which appears between them.  Keep it clear over the winter and then you can plant up with more permanent perennials and shrubs next spring.

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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