Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 22:56

The 'to be shredded' pile is getting rather large here, nut!  I'm also going to coppice a Hazel as it's grown so large that it's shading some fruit trees so thinking about removing it completely.  It has produced some babies (probably with the aid of squirrels) so I'll move a couple of those to a more suitable area if I decide to dig it up.  I'll wait until I've enjoyed the catkins for a few weeks first though.

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 22:47

Edd, it doesn't have a name as such as it's too dim to be seen with the naked eye but is catalogued as SAO 76167 and GSC1800:1974.  Not very exciting but that's astronomers for you - everything has to be catalogued!  More interestingly, most of the bright stars visible to the unaided eye have Arabic names from when Arab astronomers were very active back in the 10th century.  No planets in that photo but the brightest "star" you can see low down in the East now and over the next few weeks is the planet Jupiter (not from here though - it's foggy!)

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 16:43

The house opposite me put theirs up two weeks ago!  I must admit they are very pretty and tastefully done though.

ph levels

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:29

That will work but might be impractical for a large area and soil will generally revert to its natural pH over time, so regular mulching with more EC would be necessary.  It's not far off neutral, so most plants would be ok but if you want to grow acid lovers (eg blueberries) then containers or raised beds with EC are the best bet I find.

Chilli plant has buds?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:24

There's unlikely to be enough light at this time of the year for the plant to be able to set and grow fruit, daisy, even though you seem to have it indoors so it will be warm enough.  There's a good chance it will survive through this winter though and if it does, re-pot it to a slightly larger pot in spring and I'm sure you'll have a good crop next summer.

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:18

Hi all, this one (taken with a Canon DSLR camera attached to my telescope) seems quite seasonal to me.  It is of three of the main stars in the Pleiades, more commonly known as the Seven Sisters.  These stars are passing through a cloud of gas and dust which reflects the blue light from these very hot, young stars.  The star in the centre is known as Merope which illuminates the gas around it called the Merope nebula:

Schefflera dying off

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 10:40

I find cuttings take well in a 50/50 mixture of grit or sharp sand and multi purpose compost.  Mine was about 4ft tall but was rather leggy, so cut it down to 6" and then chopped the removed stem into 6" pieces and buried each half way into pots filled with the 50/50 mixture.  Nearly all of them rooted on a windowsill and the original plant sprouted shoots from the 6" stump that remained.

PS: I agree that they do need good light.

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:11

I agree with Verdun.  If I were to grow only one type of raspberry, it would have to be Polka, a wonderful autumn variety.

Carrot problem

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:07

I would say it look more like carrot fly:

Bad news either way.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 00:19

Removed two agapanthus and every bit of montbretia I could find last weekend.  Looking forward to planting new things that won't now get their roots throttled by those thugs!

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