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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

where to put slug pellets

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:41

I place them underneath a piece of slate which is raised off the ground by putting it on top of a few stones.  I then put a large stone on top of the slate to stop birds etc furtling around under it.  Place about a foot away from the plant you are protecting.

An added bonus is that it also protects the pellets from rain so they last longer.  

Tree Paeony

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:35

Most tree peonies supplied are grafted, so the chances are one colour flower is from the rootstock, the other from the grafted variety.

Plant ID

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:32

I'm pretty sure that is Gallant soldier (Galinsoga parviflora), aka Guascas:

http://www.jeremybartlett.co.uk/2014/07/30/gallant-soldier-or-guascas-galinsoga-parviflora/

Don't let it seed!

 

 

 

When to add fertilizer to soil

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:33

Capsicums don't need as much feeding as many other veg/fruit.  I would say there's no need to feed them at all until the first fruit has set (in fact, feeding them may increase vegetative growth and delay the production of fruit);  There'll be plenty enough food in the compost until then.  Once the fruit has set, I feed mine with liquid tomato feed added to the water but at half the strength that the tomatoes themselves get.  A feed once a fornight is often enough.

Favourite gardening activity

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:24

Contemplating (ok, pottering) without a doubt!

Climbing "Yardlong" Beans (Fagioli Rampicanti)

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:21

I'm trying sultana for the first time this year so glad you mentioned that fidget.

Strange Conifer growth

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:11

If there is definitely only one trunk then I think nut is right and you need to follow the rampant growth right back to where it grows from the main trunk and cut it off there.  If you leave it, it will take over and the dwarf parts will dwindle away and die.

Climbing "Yardlong" Beans (Fagioli Rampicanti)

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:04

They failed in my polytunnel last year.  I tried sowing some more in mid June when the first lot died and they also failed when planted into (a different section of) the polytunnel.  I thought about trying the greenhouse instead this year but have no room.  I suspect they are just too fussy for the UK climate and Dove may have hit the nail on the head with those temperature requirements.

Cobra have always done well for me fidget.

What are these?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:58

Florifloria invisibilus!   Try uploading the photo again hollie!

Finished tulips

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:51

If you want the best chance of the tulips coming back and flowering again next year then you need to let everything die back naturally at which point the leaves will pull away easily.  Having said that many of the 'fancy' tulips don't come back well no matter how you treat them - they are often used as annuals and bulbs replaced each year.  Do you know what type(s) they are John?

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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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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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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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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