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Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:22

All cordon type tomatoes could be grown like that Tony, but the problem is length of season in the UK.  Commercial growers grow them to 20ft or more but they use artificial light and heat or grow them in countries much nearer to the equator.

What to plant with tulips?

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:13

Yep, narcissus would be fine.  There are some very early flowering types - see this from elsewhere on the site:


What to plant with tulips?

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 21:31

At this time of year you are quite limited but pansies are easily available now and will last until the bulbs appear.  You could also plant earler flowering bulbs above the tulips such as iris reticuli, snowdrops etc.  In general, tulips are plated deepest and the smaller bulbs above them - each type at a depth of about twice the bulb's size.  Layering bulbs is a pretty standard way to do this.

Sweet potatoes

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:13

I grew them in Leics the summer before last (in a polytunnel) and while the top growth was impressive, I can't honestly say that I harvested a significant amount of tubers so  don't think I'll bother with them again.  Someone else on the forum also grew them and had better results but I don't know where they lived.

Edit: just found the thread:



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:55

I find Kestrel are very pest resistant - they're a 2nd early.

Who can name this clematis?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:52

Other possibilites are "Mrs N Thomson" and "Anna Louise".  The main difference is in the anthers in the centre but I can't see those well enough in the photo.

Blood moon....

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 23:09

Thanks for all the kind comments folks!

Fingers crossed for clear skies during my next project - capturing the Leonid meteor shower on video (night of November 17 until dawn November 18.)

Blood moon....

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 09:32

Thankee Dove, yes now caught-up with the ol' shut-eye !

Blood moon....

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 00:38

Hi all, here's the animation of the lunar eclipse, as promised:

I'm really tired now - as well as actually staying up to take the photos, the video took a lot of processing!

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 22:53

BLT, the 'supermoon' is what you are seeing now.  All it means is that the moon is at it's closest to the Earth, so it looks a bit bigger than usual (about 7 percent bigger.)  'Blood Moon' refers to the appearence duriing the eclipse as the only light cast on the Moon will be that bent by our atmosphere.  If the parts of the atmosphere doing that are dusty or otherwise polluted, the blue part of the light from the Sun will be scattered and the Moon will turn red.

If you haven't guessed I am an astronomer but hope what I say in my posts makes some sense!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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