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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Bitter new potatoes

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:31

I've found taste has more to do with soil type than variety.  I recommend growing a few of several types each year until you find varieties which suit your palate when grown in your particular soil.  A bit of a hassle but worth it in the long run.

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Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:21

Many clematis will be fine against a North-facing wall, but the pot must be fairly large and (most importantly) deep with really rich soil, so it's worth trying again in my opinion - regular watering and feeding are essential though.  Good thread here:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/climbers-for-north-facing-fence-in-pots/4086.html

 

soil warming cable

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:11

You're welcome JV.  Anyone can make a thread like this - just start a new one and choose which section you want it under.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

No problem JV, glad it helped.

Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:39

BTW Josh, the weed at the bottom is Wood Avens - get that out before those spiky seed-heads open or you'll never be rid of it! 

Unidentified Plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:31

Here are a couple of photo's I just took of my Kiwis - grown from supermarket fruit.  They have never flowered but I grow them for the red shoots and furry leaves.  They grow very rapidly though (can be a bit of a thug) and are prone to late frosts.  When they get damaged I just cut off all affected leaves and shoots and they re-shoot within days:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51144.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51145.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

soil warming cable

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:52

Seeds and cuttings love bottom-heat.  Have a look at the hot-bench using soil-warming cable which I built earlier this year - with the addition of a glass cover, it makes a great propagator:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/tools-and-techniques/diy-heated-propagator/226761.html

 

Unidentified Plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:41

Possibly a Kiwi.

Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:39

The brown stem at the bottom in that last photo makes it look very much like a tree peony to me.

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 18:04

I know what you mean Berghill - I just threw 30 tomato and about another 30 pepper & chilli plants (which were in 7cm pots) on the heap as I needed the space for those which have been planted into their final containers.  I've already given away twice as many.  Must try and control myself at seed sowing time next year, but fear it will be the same story all over again!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16
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