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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Peach for fan traing

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:49

Hi Dave, I grow 'Avalon Pride' and it does seem to be almost completely peach leaf curl resistant.  Good crops of full-size peaches, too.  Mine is planted close to a south-facing wall in my front garden (which is a bit of a suntrap.)  Fan-trained against a west-facing wall, a peach should do well. 

Green caterpillars

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:42

Quite a few species can overwinter - they eat when it's warm and just curl up under leaves when it gets cold.  Any chance of a photo?

Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:00

Hi Margaret, like peaches, they need a lot of sun and some protection so best against a south-facing wall or fence.  They won't appreciate an open position.  Prepare the soil really well with lots of added compost and a handful of fish, blood and bone.  Using some "root grow" fungal spore would benefit it too.  Plant now as long as your soil isn't waterlogged or frozen.  If it is waterlogged (and who's isn't at the moment?!), planting it in a large container is a good option.

Grape Hyacinths

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:52

Hi Ally, yes, but she should use a glyphosate-based weedkiller then leave them alone (ie do not remove any leaves, even when they go yellow.)  As the leaves die back, the glyphosate will be taken into the bulb and kill it.  She may have to repeat this for a few years as previously shed seed will still germinate and new bulbs will form. Resolva is good stuff but it does kill the top growth off very fast, probably too quickly for much of it to be taken down into the bulb.

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:44

I do this every year with great success.  By the time it comes to plant them, the whole module will be filled with roots so there is no decision to be made.

Ranunculus and Anemone de caen

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 20:09

Get yourself a soil testing kit, Charley.  They don't cost much and what they do cost you'll likely save very quickly by being able to avoid buying unsuitable plants.

Some gardens even have a range of different acid/alkali (pH) values, so you can choose plants to suit particular areas.

Can I move a foxglove now ?

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 22:57

They are also mainly surface-rooted, so take quite a wide, fairly shallow area of soil with the plants when you move them rather than digging-out a narrow deep plug of soil close to the stems.  They appear every year in my veg plots and I successfully move them to shady corners where they do well.


Posted: 11/02/2014 at 20:31

Great news - there's nothing quite like seeing seeds germinating, especially those you collected from your own plants!

choosing and growing honeyberry

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 01:00

I have two of these I bought 2 years ago and 3 I bought last year to hopefully assist pollination.  The first two flowered last spring but didn't set fruit so I have fingers crossed for this year - I'm also going to hand-pollinate as this is recommended by the RHS.  They are fairly slow growing and apparently take about 3 years to get fully established.  Good job I'm patient!   

Opal Plum Tree

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 23:37

Agree with Verdun.  If you don't have south-facing side of the garden, go for a west-facing one if you can.

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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