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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

When will I learn?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 22:56

I did that last year with collected snapdragon seed, nutcutlet, but in a seed tray.  Potted about 100 on into modules and that still left 90% of the seed tray still full!  I've direct-sown them this year - I bet I'll end up with 2!  Quite a few of last years are still going though, so should be OK.

Kohl rabi

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 22:46

I start in modules and plant out like all brassicas at the 5-leaf stage.  They are one of the most reliable crops on my clay soil.. as long as I remember to net them before the flyling rats (wood pigeons) get them!  Purple vienna here, too - later sowings often last into the winter without going too woody.

blueberry lemonade

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:26

Hi saltski, don't use woodash from your stove on them as it is alkaline and blueberries require acid conditions.  Ericaceous fertiliser fs the best thing for them (ask at garden centre or search online) and water only with rainwater as tap water often contains lime which will do them no good.  The wood ash will be fine for most other soft fruit though.

Large dip in garden

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:37

Hi Gary, as the area does have at least some drainage, you could consider making a bog garden.  This would make the area safe for the kids as there would be no open water and there are lots of interesting plants that can be grown.  Here's the RHS advice on the subject:

and this site is one of many (just google "bog plants") with a large selection suitable plants:



Builders Bag

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:17

They are made of polypropylene which is somewhat resistant to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight, but they will eventually be affected and begin to disintegrate.  You could try using 2 or 3 bags inside each other, painting the outer bag to help protect against the UV.  Like Dove, I too would worry about their stability if using them for any trees which would grow quite large.

What should I do now with my broccoli?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:04

You're welcome JenniBee.  Good luck with everything - I noticed you have a lot of other things on the go in the photo!

What should I do now with my broccoli?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 18:47

They are still tiny so ok in those modules for now.  Thin them out so there is only one per module by pulling up all but the strongest seedling in each module (eg if there are two and one is tall and leggy while the other is short and fat, discard the leggy one.)  They should be planted out when they have 5 true leaves, but not before the last frost has passed.  If they seem to be out-growing the modules before then, pot them on into 3" pots.  When you finally do plant them out, plant them so that the point where the lowest leaf emerges from the stem is at ground level, and firm the soil well.

At this stage, they need as much light as possible rather than warmth - a cold frame or unheated greenhouse is ideal.

Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:11

Early plum in blossom, pear flower buds are just about to break and the apple flower buds are not far behind, here in the East Midlands.  Not expecting any signs of leaves for a couple of weeks or so.

Butternut Squash

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:01

Matty, I'd try one at each end and put a courgette in the middle.  Bung as much compost as you can spare in the planting holes as that really helps.

Well done, Dove - a great result considering last year's weather!

fruit trees

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:40

Hi Tel, yes you can plant potted fruit trees into the ground at any time, but now would be good.  Dig a hole about twice the width and a bit deeper than the height of the pots and mix a couple of handfuls of blood, fish and bone fertiliser with the dug-out soil.  Break the soil up in the bottom of the hole with a fork.  Partially back-fill the hole with the fertilised soil and temporarily place the pot in the hole so that the top of soil inside the pot is at the same height as the surrounding soil.  Once you get it level, remove the pot and plant the tree, back-filling the hole and firming the soil with your heel as you go.  Water well and at least once a week for the rest of the year so that the roots can become well established.  I would also put in stakes and use tree-ties to protect against  wind rocking the trees which will damage any young new roots which start growing.  They won't need any further fertilising until next year when you can sprinkle the area with a couple more handfuls of fish, blood and bone and do that each year in the spring.

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