BobTheGardener


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Conservatory Yucca

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:46

It should sprout new shoots, Tim.  Also cut the removed stem into 6-8" long sections and leave them for a few days so the ends callous over.  If you then plant those in gritty compost (make sure you plant then the right way up!) those should root after a few weeks and then spout leaves after a few more.  I've never bothered to seal the cuts when I've cut them down in the past.

Confusing advice in GW mag

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:38

Wild ones are probably more resistant than the highly selected varieties we grow as our fruit trees, Berghill.  That's what I'd assume, anyway.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:10

Yes, I also use glue/grease bands on my fruit trees GWRS, mainly to stop ants climbing them and 'farming' aphids.  Here's to a productive year for everyone from me too.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 14:31

I normally net all brassicas Logan but didn't this time and got away with it.  However, woodpigeons have eaten most of the tops over the last few weeks, so will be netting them again next year as I love brussel tops.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 13:59

Yum, Logan, can't beat roast parsnips!


Just did the same and harvested parsnips, carrots (grown in polytunnel this year) and brussels for dinner. 

Confusing advice in GW mag

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 19:45

The caption is a mistake.  Never prune plums or any other stone fruit in winter as you risk them getting a fungal disease called silverleaf which can kill the tree.  Prune in summer.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 17:20

Apples are the easiest.  I also have pears but they don't crop reliably, cherries which need netting or pigeons scoff the lot (even when the cherries are still green!) and various plums, the best of which is a Japanese plum which crops in July.  Apart from the apples, all of my most reliable fruit comes from bushes rather than trees.

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 14:31

My father grew his runners in the same trench for several decades and always had a wonderful crop, so nothing to worry about with your beans!


Rhubarb needs lots of richness in the soil and space - I would only grow one plant in a 1x1m bed.  I think you'd be better off leaving it where it is and giving it a large quantity of well-rotted manure, especially as moving it would mean you would need to wait a year before picking any and 2 years before fully cropping it.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:50

Exactly the same thing has just happened here Dove, an hour later than you.   Temp up to 7C now.

New pond

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 18:35

Looks like you are getting on well GD and glad you found a solution to the sharp rocks.  Your stonemason sounds like they really know what they are doing and has no doubt given you more confidence in going forward! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'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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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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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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