BobTheGardener


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Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:18

Hi Susan,  A John Innes #3 formula is best.  Perhaps mix-in about 20% by volume of well-rotted farm yard manure (bagged stuff from a gerden centre is ideal for this) but don't add fresh manure.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:58

Well done folks!  Dug up a few spuds I'd forgotten about and was suprprised to find they were perfect with little slug damage and hardly any sprouting.  Baked spuds coming up for tea.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 18:23

Also had to deal with vine weevils in heuchera pots today.

3 of the 8 in the coldframe had tops which came off when I lifted so those divided and repotted and the rest treated with vine weevil killer which is just about the only chemical I still use these days.  Will be investing in a large quantity of nematodes when it is warm enough.  After losing my remaining winter carrots a few weeks ago and recently finding one inside a parsnip, I will be overrun with the bu&&ers if I don't take serious action!

Football

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 17:55

Looking forward to MOTD tonight!  Hope Chelsea get back to form against Arsenal tomorrow to keep the Foxes top.

Help with identity please

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 17:48

Pencil cactus (euphorbia tirucalli) ?

Is this chick weed?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 19:04

I agree, could easily also be speedwell.  I'm 'blessed' with the ivy-leaved version which is at the same stage right now.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 18:46

Cesar Milan?

Seriously, I think Nick Hamilton (Geoff's son) would be a great addition and would love to see him have a 5 minute slot within the main programme.

Shredded pine leaves....

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:35

Don't see why not Zoomer.  The needles are acidic while fresh and during decomposition but become neutral once fully rotted.  As long as the bulk of the compost is ericaceous and you also use an ericaceous feed, they should be fine.

polyanthes tuberosa

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:21

I grew them indoors and the scent was wonderful.  I kept the bulbs for 2 or 3 more years but they never flowered again despite lots of tlc.  Plenty of leaves but that was it.  Even repotted half of them and added high-potash feed.. Grow them on a very sunny windowsill or in a conservatory, enjoy for that year and then chuck 'em away is my advice.

Seed ID please

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 14:22

Could the large ones be from a peony of some type? 10mm seeds are few and far between in most gardens.

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Border design by Spanish bluebells

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Came home this evening to find this 
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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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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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