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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fasold beans, any good?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 23:16

Hi Betty, I grew them a few years ago and the first year they cropped well, but the year after the weather wasn't so good and they were a bit disappointing.  The purple flowers were rather nice though.  I switched to growing Cobra after that which doesn't seem as fussy, but still need a decent summer to crop well.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 19:06

Well, the topsoil arrived and looks like excellent stuff, much better than expected so am well happy.  Also got the raised bed completed in between showers, so will be spending a few hours with the wheelbarrow and shovel tomorrow.  Better check the stocks of cake and tea (and maybe back pain relief cream!)

Leaves turning white/yellow

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 18:56

Have to agree, looks like spray damage.  If not weedkiller, possibly creosote/creocote if a nearby fence has been sprayed?  Aquilegias are as tough as old boots, will not be affected by late frosts and are almost never attacked by pests.

Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:37

Hi happycottontail, yes you can use them at the bottom of a pot to provide drainage, but I don't think it's a good idea in this case as runners in pots can easily be blown over by the wind, so you are better off using something heavy at the bottom such as pea-shingle etc.  Polystyrene is fine in the bottom of pots/tubs containing summer bedding and other shallow-rooted plants though.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:49

Thanks FG, the cake was lovely and given me the energy to.. make another cup of tea!


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 09:26

Morning all, I'm also on hols today - took a couple of days to extend the BH in order to catch up with some oustanding jobs in the garden.  Haha - it's 7C, dark grey skies, raining, blowing a gale and forecast to stay like this until 8pm.  There's a tonne bag of topsoil coming today which will probably weigh 2 tonnes by the time the rain stops!  Think I might just have another cup of tea or three before I get started..

No plum blossom

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:22

My 'Lizzie' plum produced hundreds 2 years ago, but the late cold spell last year (which arrived when it was in full bloom) resulted in just a handful of fruit.  It has blossomed massively this year but I can't really tell yet if much fruit has set.  As most of you have Victoria, I expect each variety behaves differently with respect to the unusual weather patterns during the last couple of years. 

Where to start! Planning new borders, complete garden novice.

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:00

Also avoid any plants which require acid conditions as you are on chalk.

New arrival

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:57

If the roots were fat and white, it probably is agapanthus as KEF says. 

Need help/advice for taking and growing cuttings of neighbours acer tree please

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:45

I couldn't find an acer called 'full moon' (there is a flowering dogwood though), but there are several Japanese acers with 'moon' in the name (eg Acer palmatum 'Moonfire', Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'.) Assuming it is a Japanese acer, the RHS recommends taking softwood cuttings to propagate:

The other thing to try is buying a cheap acer from a supermarket etc and grafting.


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Cost of bird food

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