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Making cement planter

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 21:55

I remember seeing something on The Beechgrove Garden recently.

How to eradicate Jasmine?

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 21:51

A bin liner would be ideal Pete.

Names of two perennial plants.

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:45

Yes, that's a clematis-flowered Aquilegia.  And a very pretty one, too!

How to eradicate Jasmine?

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:41

You could put some temporary poles or canes in for the jasmine to climb and when a fair amount of foliage has built up, remove the pole and stuff the foliage into a plastic bag and spray inside with a glyphosate-based weedkiller.  That should prevent any spray accidentally getting onto your Quince foliage.  The same trick is often used on other unwanted climbing plants within borders, such as bindweed.  You need to leave the dieing Jasmine stems until they go completely brown in order to give the glyphosate time to get down to the roots, which is obviously what you need to eliminate.  If glyphosate doesn't do the trick then try sbk brushwood killer.

Names of two perennial plants.

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:27

I thought the same about the pink one nut, judging more by the leaves than anything.  If it is an aquilegia it's probably a 'clematis flowered' variety.  Can we have a closer photo Frances?

Tree dropping leaves since June

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 19:06

Looks like a cherry of some type.  I suspect that all that paving so close to the base of the trunk means is isn't getting enough water down to the roots.  You probably need to give it a really good soaking at least once a week from late spring to autumn.

blackcurrant propogation

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 18:52

I would remove most of the leaves to prevent the cuttings drying out which should give them a better chance.


Posted: 07/07/2015 at 18:48

Is it planted in the ground or in a pot?  Two things blueberries absolutely must have are an acid soil and water - never letting them dry out completely is crucial, especially when they are carrying flowers or fruit.  Feed them with an ericacious liquid food diluted with rainwater rather than tap water.

Please would you kindly identify and advise?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:17

I think your analysis is spot-on.  I would snip off the browned flowers as the bush may grow more to replace them.

Few flowers on tomotoes

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:14

Fishy, if the flowers aren't pollinated before they fall, tomatoes don't develop.  This often happens on the lower trusses as they formed earlier in the season when it may have been too cold for pollination to occur.  If you normally pinch out the top of the plants after (say) 5 trusses, don't count any of those lower trusses which have no fruit on them.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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