BobTheGardener


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Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 18:53

One of the best things to do with a heated propagator over winter is to root hardwood cuttings.  I find they really, really appreciate the bottom heat and took more than a dozen cuttings from a callicarpa last winter, expecting 2 or 3 to 'take'.  Every single one rooted and had to give most of them away!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 18:39

Temp under 4C all day, 1C now and falling.  Been raining most of the afternoon - hoping for snow myself. Leics.

Cyclamen query

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 18:41

Yes, it's c. persicum.  I don't think that's whitefly (too small) but looks like some kind of fungal infection and suspect it has been a bit over-watered and kept somewhere a bit too warm.  It shouldn't kill the plant but will affect buds and new leaves so I would be tempted to give it a spray of a fungicide such as Bayer garden fungus fighter.  As Dove said, only water them when dry, from the bottom and do keep it somewhere cool.

Vegetables/edible plants to grow in flower beds/borders

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:37

Runner beans were originally grown as ornamental plants, if you have any fences to grow them up.  There are red, white, purple and red/white flowered varieties.

Amelanchier Robin Hil

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:11

Have a good look around - prices vary a lot and you would be sure to get a good sized one for £60-80.  They are lovely trees.

Raising pot height in pond.

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:09

I like the sound of that last one, madpenguin.  Infinitely adjustable!

Last edited: 08 January 2017 17:09:42

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.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'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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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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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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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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