BobTheGardener


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Magnolia

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 22:21

Most of mine had at least a couple of flowers in their 3rd spring B3. Roughly double the amount of blooms per year after that.

Magnolia

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:01

I wouldn't plant them in pure ericaceous - they like it slightly acid but that may be overdoing it.  I have several in tubs planted in 80% John Innes #3 and 20% ericaceous and they are doing well.  The ones planted in my clay soil with added well-rotted manure and a bit of ericaceous are doing the best and one is even in shade until about 3pm and is doing the best of all!

Bare root rose - in or out of water tonight?

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:51

I'd take it out but wrap the roots in damp newspaper or an old damp cloth to keep them from drying out.

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:27

I'm not sure about garlic water on aphids although it's possible the boiling affects the chemicals present, or perhaps it's the detergent which actually does the job?  The reason I'm a bit sceptical is purely because I found my garlic covered in aphids last week!

Best time to put peppers outside?

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:23

They'll get checked at anything under about 10C so keep an eye on your minimum temps (this is where a max/min themometer comes in very handy) and the local forecast.  I agree about the toms which get checked at about 5C so those can go out in your GH a bit sooner than sweet peppers.

greenhouse

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 23:01

Anywhere that is in the shade.  I pot-on in the shed as that's where I keep the pots, trays and compost etc.  More convenient.

Vine weevil grubs

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 22:58

Indeed it is, and called hemolymph:

http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=338

 

Old rosemary bush

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:43

They are relatively short lived Ann.  One thing they don't like is wet and it's been a very wet winter and spring so far so that has probably contributed.  Personally I'd use the dead leaves as long as there is no sign of fungus on them.

Talkback: Carrot fly

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:39

I like that idea Pentillie and will give it a try.  I've had resonable results growing alternate rows of carrots and onions in the past with the view that the smell of onions masks the carrots smell.  I will be harvesting the last of my leeks over the next few weeks and the carrot seeds are just germinating, so the timing is rather good.

I've been growing carrots in 60cm high raised beds for the past 2-3 years with no fly damage at all but they got vine weevil last year so I'm trying them back in the ground.

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:25

Those are used widely in Japan and the design is probably thousands of years old, so I wouldn't consider it gimmicky at all David.  Good price too. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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