Latest posts by BobTheGardener

dividing & moving old Forsythia

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 18:25

I think you would be better off by taking cuttings - normally done in June, but worth trying now.  You want the top 6" from the shoots, put in a 50/50 mixture of compost/grit and cover with a plastic bag or plastic bottle with the bottom cut off.  Leave somewhere warm but out of direct sunlight. 

Edit: just seen BO's reply - that would also work if any stems have roots.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:54

Rain stopped and brightened up a little:

Pair of anemone flowers looking like they're higgung each other for warmth:

Some mini-daffs and native cowslips:

 A little show-off:

and my Japanese Plum flowers:


Blueberry advice please

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 13:18

Joyce, blueberries require a very low pH - around 4.5.  Sulphur may work, but all soil will eventually return to its natural acidity level.  They grow wonderfully well in large pots, so if you have room inside your cage, I would recommend you grow them in ericaceous compost in large pots rather than trying to change the acidity level of your garden soil.  You could bury the pots if necessary.

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:42

That's interesting David and, as I have rather more seedlings than I need, will try that this very afternoon! 

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:39

They would be fine in pots for a while Gilly, or even in a temporary trench somewhere out of the way..  The weed membrane might work, but raspberry shoots are very strong and will probably penetrate it!  Raspberry roots tend to run in straight lines with new canes appearing every foot or two.  I had one which ran under a 20ft wide lawn and appeared in the flower bed on the other side.  The mowing must have kept the canes from appearing in the lawn, as I went on holiday and came back to find a row of young canes across it!

Temporary screening

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:31

Can you post a photo as it's very difficult to assess the situation?

Without that, and guessing that you mean privacy from inside your house, my advice would be to plant something a bit nearer to you in the same direction as the gap as seen from the problem window.  If you plant something too near the gap, it may restrict the light to the new privet plants and they would take longer to grow.  Perhaps a piece of trellis or an obelisk with a clematis growing up it.  If you choose a Group 3 clematis like Hagley Hybrid and get one in a 3 litre pot, it will romp away and be 6ft high in a couple of months.  If you want instant, then maybe a large pot of bamboo (and I would keep it in the pot as many are invasive.)

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:17

No, but they will probably come up through the gaps between your slabs.  I would dig that section of root out and re-plant it before laying the slabs, if you have the space for more canes.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 18:53

Got the cucumber, melon, squash and pumpkin seeds sown (45 in total) and a few more trays of various flowers, mostly perennials.  Soil in the rasied beds (for carrots and parsnips) prepared.  Noticed about half the tomato seeds have germinated, some of them from 10 year old packets I found when having a clear-out!  Definitely going to have space problems soon..

Rat problem

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 11:46

There is never only one rat Kate.  The gestation period is 3 weeks and they have on average 7 offspring, each of which is sexually mature in another 5 weeks..

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They're about now! 
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