Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Accidental greengage

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:05

Hi all, I've been patiently waiting for the Opal plum tree I planted 3 years ago to give me some plums and this year it did set fruit but they seemed to be taking an age to ripen and turn red.  Well, I just noticed some had turned from green to a yellow-green and felt softer so picked and tasted one.  It was ripe!  I'm now pretty sure I was supplied with a gage (probably Reine Claude) instead of plum 'Opal' but am more than happy as they are absolutely gorgeous!

Is this a weed?

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:27

It's perennial (or everlasting) pea, Lathyrus latifolius.  They come back every year.  Keep it if you like it or cut it down if you don't.  They can get a bit messy and climb all over other plants and shrubs but I'd sooner have one than not.

Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:17

You could consider putting a land drain in the bottom, but only if you have somewhere suitable to drain it to.  Your clay may still drain slowly though - try digging a bucket-sized hole in the clay, filling it with a bucket of water and seeing how long it takes to drain.  If it takes less than 1/2 a day then you can probably just add grit etc and get away with it.

Allotment rotation

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:12

In my experience, you can never quite stick to the plan Connie and some sections will need to have the same type of crop for 2 years on the bounce.  If you need to do that, then do it with legumes (peas, beans etc.) as those don't generally suffer from soil-based issues and can be grown in the same place for several seasons without problems.

Allotment rotation

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:35

The RHS have an excellent explanation and guide to 3 and 4 year crop rotation (use 3 if three main beds, 4 if four main beds):

Last edited: 29 July 2017 11:36:16

cape goosberry

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:31

Sounds likely to me, nut.

Pesky squirrels

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:29

If using a trap, you want the Kania 2000 which kills them instantly by breaking their neck with a very powerful spring loaded mechanism.  You are also required (by UK law) to fit a restricting tunnel to the trap so that other creatures cannot enter and that aspect can be helped by mounting it off the ground (eg part way up the trunk of a tree they are known to use.)  This one works.

Hoggie vs the Monster Worm

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:15

Parsnip problems

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 18:34

Were the sown in situ?  They come out like that if transplanted, otherwise it'll be the soil being a bit too rich.

New greenhouse where to position Louvre's

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 19:01

I'd put one in the end opposite the door and one half way along the side which receives the least sun.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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