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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Potatoes - what's the skinny?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 00:41

They are 'Sarpo' varieties, Bekkie.  I always grow a row of Sarpo Mira or Sarpo Axona just in case of an attack of late blight.   Good advice to grow several varieties to find ones you like.  The same spuds grown in different ground often taste quite differently, so only by trying them in your own ground can you be sure.

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 18:30
Welshonion wrote (see)
Edd, sorry, but that looks a bit small for rat poo; or maybe they are baby rats.

If anybody catches a rat in a trap and they don't intend to kill it, what are they going to do with it next??

As I understand it, trapped vermin can't be released elsewhere and it's also against the law to mistreat (eg starve) it, so that's a blummin' good question!

Neglected asparagus bed.....

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 00:15

If the couch grass is visible now, you can spray it with glyphosate on a dry day as the asparagus won't be shooting for many weeks yet.  Keep doing that once a week until the spears start to show and that should deal with the couch grass which is the worst of the weeds you mention because of its roots which will be completely intermingled with the asparagus roots.  After the asparagus starts growing, treat the other weeds in the way fidget says.

Does no digging work?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 19:09

That's the real trick isn't it Verdun. 

Without regular top-dressing, the worms (who do all of the work for us) won't be so active so a bit of human-powered cultivation will become necessary!

Using Pine Needles

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 18:58

I've used them as a longer-lasting covering for a woodland style path which usually gets a fresh covering of bark chips each year.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 18:54

Saw what I think was a Buzzard being mobbed by 3 Crows.  They flew West to East horizon-to-horizon then East to West a few minutes later, then finally the Buzzard flew West to East again on it's own (probably thinking it had shaken the Crows off) only to be followed about 20 seconds later by 3 furiously flapping Crows!

Raspberry Advice please

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 19:34

As I can see support (green horizontal wire), my guess would be that they are summer-fruiting types and would keep the light-brown canes which are clearly covered in buds (those will grow into side shoots which will later bear the fruit) and remove the dead (grey and brittle) and dark brown canes (last year's bearing canes) without buds.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 17:23

I think you're right about s.patens flowering earlier from seed, nut.  Mine are the dark blue ones which do re-appear quite late and are often lucky to survive being 'trowelled to death' when I'm planting other things!.  The lighter 'Cambridge' blue ones don't come back for me.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 15:58

Did a bit of tidying while checking for bulb shoots starting to appear.  Found a lot of salvia patens pods with seeds still inside, so looking forward to sowing those - a lovely plant and very hardy for me.

Clematis Montana Var Rubens 'Pink Perfection'

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 15:52

It is actually recommended to cut all 1 year old clematis back to about 30cm regardless of type.  The idea is to stimulate more growth from the base which is far easier to do when they are so young.  My advice is therefore to do it now and lose this year's flowers.  In the long run you'll end up with a better plant.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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