Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Raising pot height in pond.

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:51

You can cut them fairly easily.  Other than that, all I can think of is to re-pot your plants into taller pots  and add shingle to the bottom of the pots to raise the plant height.  Together with the bricks this should allow you to tailor them exactly to your liking.

Raising pot height in pond.

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:46

Breeze blocks?

bulbs in the green

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:35

Yes, get them in asap Lynne.  Bury them so the top of the bulb (ignoring shoot) has about 3-4 inches of compost above it when in pots.

Fruiting Cherry,

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:28

Musher, I generally mulch my fruit trees with well-rotted manure but sometimes use fish, blood & bone which is also ideal.

Amelanchier Robin Hil

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:25

It tends to be the lamarkii version, often grown as a shrub which is more prone to suckering. 'Robin Hill' is usually grown as a single trunk and should be better behaved.  They are medium rate growers and take 10-20 years to reach full height (approx 6-8m) so it may take a while before it is big enough to hang feeders on, unless you buy a larger specimen (which would cost more, of course (eg £150-200 for a 4m tree.)

stepover fruit trees

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 12:23

Yes, I think that's more realistic, rosemummy.  One thing to bear in mind is that the cherry will need netting if you want to eat any of the fruit rather than leaving it to the birds (woodpigeons would eat all of my sweet cherries while still green if I didn't net them) so put that in the pot unless the spot by the patio would be easy to net.  There is some good advice on pruning for your trees on this link (stepover apples is near the bottom):

It's crucial to get this right from the beginning.

Mystery melon

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 17:03

Looks like it might be a new oriental hybrid melon called 'hybrid milky way'.  I can only find seeds available in the US:

Encouraging more root growth

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 16:39

I would add some perlite (up to 50% by volume) which will lighten the compost and promote better root growth.  The roots on pelargoniums are quite weak and will have trouble penetrating dense compost.


Posted: 07/01/2017 at 14:53

The anvil ones are stronger if you are cutting lots of thick, tough branches.  The blades on bypass types (especially the cheaper ones) can break or jam on this type of material if they twist while making a cut.  Having said that, I do prefer the bypass type for most work for the same reasons as topbird.

Forest flame

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 14:46

Sooty fungus grows on the sticky sugars which have fallen on leaves after being excreted by aphids feeding on foliage above, so get rid of the aphids and you'll remove the source of the problem.  Some scale insects also produce this 'honeydew' so check for those too if you can't see any aphids.

Last edited: 07 January 2017 14:47:21

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