Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Composted bark?

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 20:10

Composted bark contains very little in the way of nutrients but is a good long lasting mulch which will help to retain moisture and keep weeds down.  MPC will feed the soil but will disappear quickly, so not as good for mulching purposes.  If you want to feed the soil, I'd sprinkle on fish, blood and bone before putting down the composted bark.

Fertilising potted plum tree

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 21:06

Fertilisers come in all different strengths so it's impossible to give you an accurate answer without knowing exactly what you have bought.  There should be instructions on the pack though - don't be tempted to exceed the stated dose as you can easily do more harm than good. 

If it is fish, blood and bone, that is quite forgiving and I would sprinkle about an ounce (25g) onto a large pot of the type typically used for trees and gently work it into the surface.  Adding 2-3 cm of compost on top would do no harm, either.

If the dosage instructions are for an amount per square metre, dividing that by 3 or 4 would likely be about right.


Preparation and planting for Japanese Pine Seeds

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:46

I've grown Scots pine from seed and it was pretty easy, so might work for you.  I simply filled a pot with seed compost, watered it, sowed the seeds on the surface and covered with about a quarter of an inch of grit.  They were then left outside and randomly germinated over a few months.  Somewhere around 20% of the seeds germinated if I recall.

Wheelbarrow Tyre

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 19:01

I used something called 'slime' which is a bike tyre sealant.  It is supposed to be able to repair holes of up to 3mm.  However, if I don't use the barrow for a few weeks the tyre does go soft so it's not perfect.

Last edited: 19 March 2017 19:01:45

Bee-kind test

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 18:56

You're right Watery, the main thing is to have a succession of bee-friendly flowers so that there is always something in bloom throughout the year.  That might be possible with just a dozen or so different species if you choose them carefully. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:43

Peppers and tomatoes sown on the heated bench today.  I was supposed to be limiting myself this year but still managed about 20 varieties when I counted them afterwards!

Dahlias for newbies

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:58

They are widely available as bare roots - check you garden centre or Wilkos etc.  They usually have a picture on the packet.  Here's a page with some orange varieties to look out for:

Last edited: 19 March 2017 14:59:52

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:54

Lovely, VS!

Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:51

Here you go sheps:

Stabilising a clay bank 2

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:47

Some grasses are much better than others for erosion control and you see them on steep banks surrounding ancient castles.  Check this page under 'steep slopes' for some suitable types:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

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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Gardener's World about to start now!

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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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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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