Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Identify these and what to do with them!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:43

Paul, you'll need to take a photo of each individual shrub in order to identify them.

What shall I grow in this pot?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:54

Because of the bulging shape of the pot, just make sure you don't plant a tree or shrub which will need repotting some time in the future as you will never get the rootball out without damaging the roots or breaking the pot.  I know someone who planted an expensive Japanese acer in one and had to break the pot to get it out.

Another plant Id please.

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:38

And if not, might be Michaelmas daisy - mine look extact like that at the moment..

Multi-Stem Himalayan Birches "Droopy"

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 12:02

Your garden looks as though it is surrounded by tall trees so it could simply be that they are growing extra fast vertically and producing relatively soft growth in order to reach the light.  Staking them should do the trick and the wood will soon stiffen up.  I would avoid any feeds containing a lot of nitrogen as an excess of that will also promote rapid soft growth.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:05

Windy, rainy, shouty hairy tennis players (and that's just the women.)  Might get the chainsaw out to get my own back.

Plant or weed?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 21:46

You're doing exactly the right thing YG.  You could have some wonderful and/or expensive plants in there, so best to see out a whole season to find what you have before digging things out.


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:11

And when it gets too big you can just coppice it to the ground and start again - as you've found, they will always grow back no matter how much you hack at them!

Acer Koto no ito

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 00:11

They don't like wind, being waterlogged or early morning sun so best plant them (or place the pot) in a sheltered spot which is west-facing.  If planting in pots, use a John Innes #3 mixed with about 10%  ericaceous compost as they prefer a slightly acid soil.  If you grow them in a pot, raise it off the ground by using a pot stand or a few stones under it.

Can you have too many fruiting shrubs/trees?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 19:05

As above, you can't have too many!   Anything you don't eat or give away will be eaten by wildlife so you can't go wrong really.  I don't have a huge garden but have 4 apple trees (one a 'family' tree with 3 varieties and another with 2 varieties), two 'family' pears, one with 3 and the other with 2, 2 gooseberry bushes, 1 Worcesterberry, 1 Wineberry, 5 honeyberry, two edible cherry, 2 blackberry, 4 Goji, 1 Boysenberry, 1 lingonberry, 1 Jostaberry, about 15 blueberry, about 50 strawberry and about a dozen raspberry.  I'm sure I've forgotten a few others too!

Whats this at base of lilly?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 01:48

You may as well although it won't harm it if you don't as those root 'buds' won't develop without soil to grow into.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

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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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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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