BobTheGardener


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Spent summer tub soil, what to do next?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 16:09

Yes, my used MP compost goes onto the borders and veg plot.  While it has no nutrient value it makes an excellent soil conditioner.  There have been a few recent threads about this and most folk do the same.

Spent summer tub soil, what to do next?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 15:50

It depends on what the 'soil' in the tub is Tina.  If it is garden soil or a John Innes compost then you can just add some fertiliser.  If it is a general multi-purpose compost then best replaced but if you are only growing pansies or other winter bedding etc then you could try doing that and replace the whole lot in the spring.  Alternatively, scrape off the top few inches and replace with fresh compost.

Plant ID

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 17:16

Do you work for the Guernsey tourist board GD?  If not, you should, as I would certainly love to visit after seeing so many beautiful plants in your various ID threads!

what are these?

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 17:11

I agree, the berry clusters are typical of black briony although it would be nice to see a full leaf (which are heart shaped.)

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:03

Spent half of yesterday and all of today so far ripping out everything in the front half of my front garden, which is one large raised bed.  I thought I'd done the hard bit in removing a 20 year old yucca which I grew from seed but has gone past its best.  The 'heart' was huge but discovered it sliced up rather easily with a sharp spade and later an axe for feeding into the shredder (the leaves are a different kettle of fish though and seem designed to be the perfect shredder-jammer-upper!)


However, the yucca wasn't the worst problem.  Couch grass has sneakily infested the whole area and the roots have been an absolute bu**er to remove.  That also means removing and isolating the few plants  I want to keep (a couple of hardy geraniums including Rozanne and a rather nice Japanese quince) in pots for a few months to ensure no couch grass came in entwined around their roots.  Back out for another shift after finishing this cuppa!

Corn on the Cob

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 13:37

Best picked and plunged straight into boiling water.  As soon as you pick them, the sugars start turning into starch and so the cobs become less sweet.  If you can't eat them all before they go over, they do freeze extremely well.  I had a huge crop several years ago and froze the majority which still tasted great 6 months later.


How to tell when ripe:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHPSntkdpkY

Neglected hawthorne hedge - worth saving?

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 13:32

You could try 'laying' it, which is what farmers do to make hedges livestock-proof.  This will also encourage vigorous new growth:


http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/woodland-activities/how-to-lay-a-hedge/


You could perhaps try that and also plant some whips in the gaps to fill it out until nature takes its course.  It might be worth looking for a local hedge laying expert though as I suspect the way they are leaning will make laying it a bit tricky.

Horse Chestnut

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 11:15

Yes, I've been keeping an eye on horse chestnut trees along my route to work for the last few years and every single one has the leaf miner and look terrible at this time of the year.  I too suspect they must eventually weaken the trees.

Deformed carrots

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 11:10

All I can suggest is that a soil-borne pest nibbled them while small and they then grew around the damage once the pest disappeared.  Unfortunately, I have no idea what the pest could be but as it seemed to disappear before destroying your carrots completely, would suggest the larvae of some kind of seasonal fly but I'm not sure about the wildlife in Montana.  Not carrot fly as damage caused by those is quite different.

FORSYTHIA

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:34

I don't like the 'trimmed bush' look on forsythias, so I cut mine right back to the ground every few years.  They then sprout long arching stems which flower the year after and look much more natural.  Those are trimmed back after flowering and look good for about 3-4 years when I start again.  I've never managed to kill one, even though I often secretly hope that the big 5 year massacre might finish one off!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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