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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:23

Hiya Verdun, I have a garden which is quite long and you can guess which end the comfrey bucket is placed!   The good thing is the smell does quickly go away when it's actually used.  I decant it into 2 litre pop bottles as soon as it's ready though so the smell isn't around for very long really.

But really, I think I've probably just got used to it more than anything!

how do you attach a photo on this forum as its not on any of the icons?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:06




Hi Paul, when you start a thread or reply you should see icons like this:

Press the 'tree' icon (circled in red) and you should see this:

Click Select (also circled) navigate to your photo then click it and finally click the Upload button. 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:38

Hi Tracey, yes I'd recommend growing several different varieties - as many as you can fit in really!  That way you are likely to get a good crop on at least some of them even if some succumb to the weather or diseases etc.  I always grow at least one blight resistant variety whatever else I choose.  Had ten varieties last year and although it was a slow start with the poor spring, the great summer meant all of them did well - quite a rare thing in my experience!

Puzzled by what I have read on leaf spot,please read my message if you can help

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:28

Leaf spot is just a description of a symptom.  Lots of different diseases cause spots on the leaves of many plants.  Many of the diseases which do this are fungal but it's not one particular fungus that causes all leaf spot.

Mulching a concrete apple tree!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:22

Couldn't agree more - break up the concrete near the trunk so there's a few inches gap or the tree will strangle itself as the trunk continues to grow in diameter.  The only part of a tree that is truly alive (apart from the leaves, flowers and fruit) is a thin layer just beneath the bark known at the cambium.  The stuff we call wood in the centre of the trunk and branches is actually dead.  If the cambium get strangled all the way around the trunk , the whole tree will die.  This link explains it better than I can:


Soil warming cables

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 19:22

Hi David, they are rated in Watts so you can compare to light bulbs.  The most common cable is rated at 12.5W per metre so, for example, a 6m length would use 75W.

If your electricity costs (say) 10p per kWh, a 6m cable would cost 0.75p per hour, so 18p per day.



Posted: 22/01/2014 at 18:58

Hi Cherry, blueberries must have acid soil with a pH between 4 and 5.5 which is too acidic for raspberries so the chances are your soil isn't acid enough if the raspberries are growing well.  I would check the soil pH with a cheap test kit (only a few pounds) and if it is not within range consider growing the blueberries in large pots of ericaceous compost.  They grow very well like that.

Grape Vine root space

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 18:53

Hi Jerry, as it's a mature vine the roots will be spread over quite a distance (many metres) and happily growing under paths, patios etc. so I don't think you need to worry about the blackberry affecting it.  If it was relatively young then it might be a concern but I'm sure you'll be fine in this case.  Just take care not to cut through any thick vine roots (easily identifiable as they look just like the vine stem itself) when preparing the planting hole for the blackberry.


blueberry and raspberry plant spacing

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:58

Mine are in 50cm ones, dj.

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:55

I have a hardy Chilean potato vine growing in a pot and it hasn't lost any leaves so far this winter.  It's a pretty rapid grower and unfussy.  I think it's Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'.

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