Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Invasive plant on lawn - identification and advice please!

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:20

Yep, that's a pretty bad infestation and I would have no hesitation in using a glyphosate based systemic weedkiller on it.  This will also kill any grass which gets sprayed, unfortunately, so I would concentrate on getting rid of the ground elder and plan to re-sow the lawn with seed once you are sure you are rid of this pernicious weed.

Lupins ok in pots until the autumn?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:13

This gardening lark is all about planning and patience isn't it Pete!

As they are showing flower spikes, the re-potting will allow them to put on a good show this year so you should get some enjoyment from them over the next few weeks.

Top Soil Question

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:07

Well-rotted farmyard manure is the ideal thing to add.  The bagged stuff available from garden centres etc. is fine if you can't source any locally.  If you are going to plant into it immediately, then you could add multi-purpose compost instead as manure can be a bit strong for some plants until the worms break it down.  In late autumn, put down a 2-4 inch layer of manure on top of the beds and the worms will take that down into the soil over the winter for you.

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Lupins ok in pots until the autumn?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:57

I would re-pot them but keep them in pots until next spring before planting out.  That way you can more easily protect the new shoots from slugs etc. and will end up with much better plants.

Spirea failing to thrive

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:48

They don't like wet feet so is the soil really well drained?  Overwatering can be an issue too.  Ideally they need full sun, a very well drained site and will only need watering occasionally in the summer.  They don't need much in the way of feeding either.  I wonder if you're killing it through too much kindness?

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Posted: 10/06/2017 at 21:49

Mice do behave like that.  I once had one which nipped the tops off of my tomato seedlings and put them in a neat pile at the side.

Blackcurrant harvesting

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 18:59

The whole stem, right back to the base, emmalou.

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 17:45

I only had one, 'onest!

fasciation purple toadflax

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 17:43

There's a long-running thread on fasciation, Phil:

Perhaps worth adding it on there.

Mystery weed - can anyone identify it?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 17:33

How weird!  If you search the site for 'Ladybird4' lots of threads come up like this one:

with LB's post missing but I can indeed see her post in the thread you linked to, Dove.

Must be a bug or I've been out in the sun to long and am confuzzled!

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