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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

where do I find this strange onion?

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 02:47

Other common (or maybe not so common these days!) names are 'tree onions' and 'walking onions'.

dead wisteria but possible

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 19:40

It depends whether the original was grafted.  If so, the new shoot from the roots will be different.  If it wasn't a grafted one, the new shoot will grow into an identical form.  Either way, it will likely take a few years before it will flower again though - just keep up with the recommended way of pruning.

I know this may not help but I had a similar experience with one of my Wisteria but the new shoot eventually died too, about 2 seasons later.  When I dug it out I found the roots had been attacked by Honey Fungus.

what's my plant?

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 19:32

It does sound like an Eryngium but there are a lot of forms - a photo would help if you can manage it?

Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 19:27

I agree with Italophile - good air circulation is essential to reduce the chance of fungal problems.  Exactly how you do this is up to you, just as long as you do do it!

Talkback: How to plant and grow asparagus

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 20:53

Just let them grow freely as the ferny stems are photosynthesising and feeding the roots - the more ferns the better.  Cut the stems down to about 5cm after they die in the autumn.  What you shouldn't do is start harvesting the young shoots in the first two springs after planting as you want the roots to establish and grow as much as possible.

Identify two new tree shoots

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 19:39

Those could be Elder (Sambuca) and Ash.  It is very difficult to tell many tree seedlings apart at their early stages.  Ash trees seedlings are blown in by the wind but many of the things you mention grow from bird droppings - they eat the fruit and deposit the seed together with a nice dollop of fertiliser to get things started!  Indeed, many seeds need to be eaten and go through the digestive system of animals before they will germinate.


Posted: 24/07/2013 at 18:35

It sounds like they need pollinating.  Are there any male flowers (these just have stems with no small courgette behind the flower)?

Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:36

Looks like you've done a great job with it.  Plenty of new canes for next year too, so I think you've earned a plant paramedic badge there!

Horse Chestnut

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:02

Also Vinca (periwinkle) will grow in almost any conditions if you need any evergreen ground cover.  It grows here on a steep bank in total shade underneath Yew trees.

Sweet peppers

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 18:43

They will come Fifs, just make sure you don't feed the plants until the flowers have set otherwise peppers tend to keep growing leaves and stems instead.  Like tomatoes, "tough love" is needed until after the fruit set.  Even then they only need feeding about once a fortnight at the most (use tomato feed.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Cost of bird food

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