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Blue Berries

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:03

Hi Barney, are you trying them in the ground, or pots?  They need acid conditions and if your soil isn't acidic by nature, it is often a waste of time to try changing it.  If in pots, you need to use ericaceous compost and must never let them go dry (so use large pots, at least 50cm diameter) as well as feeding them regularly with an ericaceous liquid feed.  Fussy things.

What's been eating my shrubs?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 23:12

It is a liquid which you dilute.  There is information about neonicotinoids like these at the Soil Association site:

These chemicals are taken up by the plants and can end up in the nectar and pollen.  While I'm yet to be convinced about the effects on bees (and us of course, if we use these chemicals on fruit & veg which the instructions say not to do), I would sooner play safe than sorry.  The nematodes are safe for use on food crops and cost only a tiny bit more than the Provado.


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 19:15

Bigolob,  my favourite large types are super marmande, legend, brandywine and cuore di bue.  The rest are mainly cherry types as I've never been that impressed with the taste of 'normal sized' tomatoes despite growing dozens of varieties over the years but am growing tamina for the first time this year and it's pretty good.

Sloping Rockery

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 19:00

Welcome,Helly!  Plants which like to grow in 'rockery' conditions generally don't need extra fertilizer so I wouldn't bother if the soil looks good.


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:46

I always grow about 6-10 varieties and Cristal is always one of them as it is very reliable no matter what the conditions.  I wouldn't say it particularly outstanding regards taste (but still a million times better than anything in the shops!)  It is a very attractive fruit though and the flesh is deep red all the way though so looks particularly attractive in salads.


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:40

Kestrel have done best for me out of the 5 varieties I grew.  A bit smaller than usual (probably due to the hot, dry weather) but plenty of them and they have not been attacked by keeled slugs which are a big problem in my clay soil.

What's been eating my shrubs?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:30

Provado vine weevil killer 2 contains thiacloprid.  A safer and bee-friendly alternative are Nemasys vine weevil nematodes - usually about 8 to 10 quid for enough for 160 pots or 12sq metres.

Problem with editing posts

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:22
Dovefromabove wrote (see)
GillyL wrote (see)

Been like this for me for several days Dove.

Shows how often I 'edit' 

You mean you can proof-read your own stuff before posting?  A useful skill!
I usually end up editing as I try and touchtype but this keyboard cabn be a bit temperamental (see what i mean!)  Yep, been like it for a while.

Garden Pests

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 20:23

Maybe a fox was burying (or retrieving) a dead chicken and came upon the spuds by accident?  They are omnivores so might have had a chew on the spuds before rejecting them.  This is where one of those automatic wildlife cameras would come in handy!

Garden Pests

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:37

Almost certainly squirrels for the sweetcorn, James, but I'm not sure they go for potatoes.  Could that be badgers?  Neither can be easily controlled unfortunately.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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


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
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