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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Grape Hyacinths

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:52

Hi Ally, yes, but she should use a glyphosate-based weedkiller then leave them alone (ie do not remove any leaves, even when they go yellow.)  As the leaves die back, the glyphosate will be taken into the bulb and kill it.  She may have to repeat this for a few years as previously shed seed will still germinate and new bulbs will form. Resolva is good stuff but it does kill the top growth off very fast, probably too quickly for much of it to be taken down into the bulb.

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:44

I do this every year with great success.  By the time it comes to plant them, the whole module will be filled with roots so there is no decision to be made.

Ranunculus and Anemone de caen

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 20:09

Get yourself a soil testing kit, Charley.  They don't cost much and what they do cost you'll likely save very quickly by being able to avoid buying unsuitable plants.

Some gardens even have a range of different acid/alkali (pH) values, so you can choose plants to suit particular areas.

Can I move a foxglove now ?

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 22:57

They are also mainly surface-rooted, so take quite a wide, fairly shallow area of soil with the plants when you move them rather than digging-out a narrow deep plug of soil close to the stems.  They appear every year in my veg plots and I successfully move them to shady corners where they do well.

Agapanthus

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 20:31

Great news - there's nothing quite like seeing seeds germinating, especially those you collected from your own plants!

choosing and growing honeyberry

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 01:00

I have two of these I bought 2 years ago and 3 I bought last year to hopefully assist pollination.  The first two flowered last spring but didn't set fruit so I have fingers crossed for this year - I'm also going to hand-pollinate as this is recommended by the RHS.  They are fairly slow growing and apparently take about 3 years to get fully established.  Good job I'm patient!   

Opal Plum Tree

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 23:37

Agree with Verdun.  If you don't have south-facing side of the garden, go for a west-facing one if you can.

A newbie question about seed collecting

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:18

If you grew only short red ones, you would more than likely get short red ones from seed collected from them, but there's always a chance of getting something taller or a different colour.  However, if you grew more than one type, the chances are they will have cross-pollinated and all bets are off, with the seeds likely to produce a range of heights and colours.

Cymbidium flowers are browning

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 19:19

Not me - they're a bit too fussy for my liking.  I think bigolob has a large collection.  

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:55

Hi Pipstrelle, chitting is not compulsory by any means, but as you already have them, then doing so under the conditions mentioned above will only help.  What you don't want to do is leave them in the bag anywhere warm as they will produce long white shoots and may even rot, so chitting is also a good way of keeping them healthy until planting time.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Bilberry

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Sparrows!

The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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why-all-the-hyphens-in-post-titles

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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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