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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

indoor cyclamen

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 19:31

They go semi-dormant in the summer, so I would carry on letting it do it's thing (the leaves are feeding the corm at the moment) and reduce watering in late spring/early summer.  Many or most of the leaves will die back and you can remove those as they die.  In about September, give it a good watering (stand it in a bowl of water for 30 minutes) and then don't water it again until new growth starts.  Once it is growing well, you should water and feed it (eg with baby bio) normally, then you should get flowers for about 3 months over the winter.  I always aim to have mine in full bloom at Christmas.

They are easy to grow from seed, but it does take a couple of years before they are big enough to flower.

Holes/burrows in new allotment?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 11:39

Is that area raised, as in a mound or a bank?  If so, it could well be voles (Gemma's typo made me read 'wolves' - then you would be in trouble!)

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:03

Cleared a large raised planter of strawberry plants which have had their day, replaced the top 1/4 (about 200l) of soil in there with home made compost and used it as a new home for 5 honeyberries ((Lonicera caerulea) which have been growing in 10" pots for a couple of years.  Sowed leek seeds and planted onion sets which arrived this morning into modules in the GH, did some weeding and a bit of pottering but wind was a bit too cold for being outside without doing something active!

ideas for large teak planters

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 19:47

You'll need to give us an idea of the size of the planters really as that will determine what can be grown successfully.  Tall shrubs and trees etc generally only do well in large containers and many plants are not suitable.

Skinny leeks

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 15:15

I agree with everyone else - sow now, transplant in June and, like Lyn, I have just sown my seeds.  As part of my general crop-rotation, leeks follow the first-early potatoes and when I lift the spuds I dig in a fair bit of well-rotted manure before putting in the young leek plants as they are greedy feeders.  Just last weekend I lifted the last half-row and made a fantastic dish of leeks in cheese sauce - baked until the top started browning.  Yum!

What Are These

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 13:34

Agree with pansyface and probably ivy-leaved speedwell.  Here's mine and this is after I weeded out most of it last weekend:


Fire ash

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 12:26

You can use wood ash from the logs on your garden but avoid using ash from coal as that can be harmful to the soil.  You should really put coal ash in your general waste bin and not into the compostable waste bin:


what is Mertus

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:27

Heh heh!  The one in front is a miniature fuchsia (Tom Thumb) and I'm just waiting for signs of new shoots before cutting it back.  Yes, south-facing there and a real sun-trap.

Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:23

Yeah, good excuse for some free grub Verdun!  Get them round again next Friday at 9.30am then, when it will really happen and make sure they all wear proper eclipse glasses (so you can pinch stuff from their plates without them noticing!)


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:16

Strawberries grown from seed will almost certainly not fruit in the first year - growing them from seed is a slow process and in year 2 they will be about as large as those bought as bare-root runners.  Strawberries bought as bare root runners and planted in Autumn might, if they are good-sized roots and those supplied in pots will almost definitely fruit in their first year.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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