Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Broken roots off Rhubarb Timperley Early

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 16:34

Indeed it is, pansyface!  I too have been guilty of ending up with stems in one hand and a pot of roots in the other! 


Posted: 18/04/2017 at 16:31

Yes, I've been using them for a few years and they definitely massively reduce the slug population.  Best watered in during or after rain so if it hasn't been wet lately, either keep them in the fridge for a few days if rain is forecast or water the ground well, both before and after applying them.

Broken roots off Rhubarb Timperley Early

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 16:27

Agree, plant both the roots and the broken off top.  Hopefully one will grow.

A tip for you, Sandra - if something is hard to remove from a plastic pot, cut the pot off - new pots are a lot cheaper than new plants! 

Can someone identify this weed/plant, its growing everywhere

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 12:24

Tree seedlings, most likely sycamore.  There have been lots of postings about them lately, obviously a 'good' year for them.  Pull them up before they grow any more leaves.  They won't survive that, so if all of the roots don't come out, there is no need to worry as they won't regenerate from roots.

Last edited: 18 April 2017 12:24:45

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 19:56

As an invading species, they have very very few predators in the UK and certainly nowhere near enough to provide any sort of natural balance, GD.  See the right hand side of this page wrt the wasps Jabsy mentioned:

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Climbing French Beans .

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:19

Dwarf beans are very reliable.  Definitely down to weather for runners and climbing beans each of which prefer different conditions, as someone already said.  For french beans, I grow Cobra and Sultana which are the most reliable ones I've ever tried but without some warm waether and a good bit of sunshine even those struggle.  The worst bean I've ever tried was 'yard long' which failed to get more than a few inches tall and succumbed to what I think was rust, even though they were grown in a polytunnel.  I sowed 3 different batches a few weeks apart too.

Is it to late to sow Sweet Pepper seeds?

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:07

The final size pots are 20x20cm square, 30cm deep but I pot them on several times as this seems to really help with bringing them on.  I grow lots of types including 'Marconi' (which is similar to your 'Corno di Toro Rosso' I believe), plus 'rainbow mixed' (good croppers in the UK) 'Lipstick' and 'Kaibi'.

I have a heated bench for germinating, but those little electric propagators are perfect for peppers and chillies. 

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Is it to late to sow Sweet Pepper seeds?

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:51

I'd go for it Sean.  If you can start them off somewhere warm like an indoor windowsill and keep them there for a few weeks, they will soon catch up.  If we have another mild winter, they can keep going for much longer than you expect - my sweet peppers were still ripening on the plants in January.  If you are lucky with the weather it's also possible to overwinter by stopping watering and cutting them back leaving just the main stem.  Here are mine which I cut down in Feb and are just sprouting new shoots:

Cyclamen seedings

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:39

Indoor types are fairly tender, especially when young.  Leave the cover on them for now but remove it when the weather warms up a bit and night temperatures are unlikely to go down to single figures in your greenhouse.  After that it's just a matter of making sure they don't dry out and growing them on for a year.

Amount of Compost

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:41

Radius is half the diameter so is 14cm for your 28cm diameter pots and 25cm for your 50cm pots.

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