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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Evergreen jasmine - when to prune?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:10

That would make sense Bex.  Spring pruning for that jasmine-like trachelospurmum as you'll already have seen on the RHS site.

Moving Raspberries & Goosberries

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:29

When I did it, the prunings were probably from one or two year old wood.  I'd avoid the very oldest wood but I don't think it's critical.  Had to dig some rooted cuttings out as most took and I only have space for a few bushes.

Moving Raspberries & Goosberries

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:14

You may as well give yourself a bit of insurance by planting the prunings when you do that.  I find they root very easily even just sticking them (half buried) in the ground!

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 18:59

Fishy, you can re-use it providing you replace all of the nutrients (including micro-nutrients aka trace elements.)  After all, commercial compost made from coir and the like has no nutrients in at all it until they add them during the manufacturing process.

Having said that, you do risk pests and diseases building-up.  Personally, I put all of my used compost on the borders and other areas as my clay soil needs every bit of organic matter it can get.

Dahlia - still flowering

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:47

Dahlias will continue flowering until they get frosted.  It's at that point the leaves turn black and you cut them down to the ground. Some folk then lift them (I leave mine in the garden and many come back the next year.)  As yours is in a pot, just enjoy it for now and when the frost kills it, cut it back to about 2 inches above soil level and stop watering it.  Keep the pot somewhere frost free over the winter and when you see new shoots in the spring you can either plant it in the garden or refresh the compost and keep it in a pot.

Delphinium

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:28

I'd keep them in pots in a cold greenhouse over the winter and plant them out when they start to grow again in the spring.  The foliage will die down completely soon.

You'll need to use some protection from slugs when you plant them out next year as they find delphiniums particularly tasty and will eat the new shoots as soon as they appear.  If that happens to young plants like these it will usually kill them.

Beans - All sorts - Soil Prep

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 18:24

Broad beans are much less fussy than runner and other climbing beans and I have no trouble growing those with minimal soil preparation.

Moving rhubarb

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 18:22

I think spring is safer as the plant will start actively growing then and any damage to the roots you cause when transplanting (and some is inevitable) would heal quickly, whereas rot may set in on the damaged parts if you move it now.  Just my own preference of course - the opinion of others may differ as some folk do move them in autumn.

How long does Roundup last in the soil?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 17:58

Covering the rockery will stop other weeds but the ground elder roots will survive and you need to uncover them in spring, wait for them to produce lots of foliage and then spray with Roundup and wait for them to completely die before pulling up the dead foliage.  Ground elder is a tough weed and usually not killed by the first treatment either, so you need to wait for a few more weeks and then treat the new growth again.  It usually takes a whole season to be completely rid of it.  Don't be tempted to try and dig-out the roots after the first treatment as each broken piece left may grow into new plants and you'll be back to square one!

Sowing Carrots all year long

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 17:51

Carrot seeds probably won't germinate if you sow them now - they need warm soil.  To have carrots all year round you need to grow several types, some which grow quickly that you sow several times from spring to mid-summer and you eat those when needed. Early Nantes are good for that.  The other type you sow in spring and then lift them during late autumn or early winter and store them in damp sand for eating over the winter.  These types are much larger and a good variety for doing that is Autumn King.  You can leave them in the ground if you don't want to lift and store them.  The tops die off so you also need to remember where they are and when left in the ground they are prone to slug and other pest damage. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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