BobTheGardener


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Gardening on Our Own

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 20:34

Yes, love the solitude and just as well because the OH considers the garden to just be a place full of stingy, bitey, creepy-crawly, dirt-covered things which suits me fine! 

When I'm not focused on the task in hand, my mind wanders between the wonders of the universe and the unbelievable complexity of life and evolution.  I feel mentally refreshed (although often physically knackered!) when I come in after a good session in the garden.

New Theme Tune for Gardeners' World?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 12:37

I'm with Hosta - will this do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VOp319Fm78

Guess the plant

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 20:58

Nigella for me too.

alstromeria

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 10:30

They need to be kept frost free while young so better off in the GH for now, particularly if the containers are relatively small.  You should move them outside as soon as all danger of frost has passed.  At the end of this year you should protect the crown with a mulch of a few inches of bark chips or similar after they die down if leaving outside next winter.

Apple tree, advice please.

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 10:19

Tootles, I agree with Buttercupdays - ideally remove the grass from a circle about 1m diameter around the trunk.  The tree's feeding roots are near the surface and grass is a hungry plant and is competeing with the tree.  Cox's is a bit harder to grow then the average fruit tree and really benefits from another apple tree nearby to act as a pollinator.  I also hand-pollinate mine, taking a small soft brush from the flowers on one tree to another.

Apple tree, advice please.

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 22:46

Hi Mountainranger, what you have there is known as a year old 'maiden' tree.  Pruning is simple - basically choose a good looking bud about 75cm from the base and prune the top off just above this bud.  This will promote branches to develop.  See this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DP5ilmk6z8

 

When to replant after tree felling

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 22:35

Hi Julie, the ground in that area will be quite depleted of nutrients so I would recommend digging in some well rotted manure and giving it a bit of a rest for most of the rest of this year - perhaps just plant some annuals.  The best time to plant new trees is November onwards which is the time you will also find the best range available in the nurseries.  It will also give you plenty of time to think about what you want.

Daffodils Disappeared

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:06

Have a dig and see what you find Tomsk.  It could be a bad attack of Narcissus bulb fly:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=657

 

Disease/disorder on Japanese Acer

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 19:12

Pseudomonas syringae is a strong possibility.  A bacterial infection not at all helped by cold and wet (a slight tiny wee small problem for those of us in the UK then!)  I have had several Japanese acers affected but pruning well below the damaged area seems to help.  Unfortunately acers don't really like being pruned either..

http://crataegus.com/2011/11/29/read-this-if-you-grow-japanese-maple/

There aren't really any chemical treatments left that we're allowed to use, but copper sulphate can still probably be found, although you wouldn't dream of using it as a fungicide/bactericide of course..

Bare root has already started sprouting in packet?

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 22:30

Plant it and pile up a bit of soil over most of the new shoot to protect it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Hoglet!

Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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