Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Worst ever hailstorm

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 19:22

You're like an island Dove? Look at the tiny 'IN' dot in the middle of the country which is where I am!

We need to do a Grand Fenwick!

Plant ID

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:57

Not ground elder but enchanter's nightshade I think which is not quite so bad.

Jasmine - too early for flowers?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:54

Mine just coming into bud - I was about to trim back some rampant growth but will hold off now I've spotted the flowers.  Either I don't have the genes to smell it or mine has no scent tunfortunately, so it holds limited appeal here as the growth tends to strangle my other plants.

Incarvillia delavayi snowtop

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:50

Mine are in the ground albeit in slightly raised beds to ensure good drainage (clay soil here.)  They are completely hardy but the tubers won't tolerate any kind of waterlogging.

Incarvillia delavayi snowtop

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 15:28

I grow them - pretty much trouble free and long lived.  Remove the flower stems after they finish although they can produce viable seeds in pods which you would let harden and go brown on the plant if you wanted to collect them.  Watch for slugs when the tubers begin sprouting in late spring.

plant id

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 13:51

It's an ash tree sapling.  Not a tree you want in the average sized garden.

Yellow blotches squash/cucumbers

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 19:00

They may be running out of food.  Try a liquid feed high in nitrogen such as liquid seaweed feed.  Dilute and apply as per instructions on the pack.

anybody run their greenhouse electrics off of solar or wind turbine?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 18:53

Heaters take too much power to be run by solar panels sanjy.  For example, you would need at least a 250W heater to be of any use in winter in a greenhouse and because the light levels are much lower in winter you would need 500W worth of solar panels which would cover a huge area and be expensive (roughly £750.)  You would also need a large and expensive battery to store the power as well as a charge controller (more expense.)

Lighting is simple and successful though because it uses so much less power.  A few watts worth of LED lights is very bright.  Just search Amazon for 'solar shed light' and you'll find more than you can throw a stick at!  These are simple to fit - just put the panel somewhere that isn't shaded and connect to the light which will contain it's own battery and charge controller.  All you'll need to do is route the wire from the panel to the light and plug it in.  "Plug 'n' play" as they say.

Nematodes and slug control

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:56

Native58, yes they do work.

I watered them onto my whole garden on Sunday and now no sign of any slugs.  Once infected the slugs go underground to die so you will never see them unlike when using pellets or beer traps!

To be certain the nematodes work, I always catch a few and put them in a container then water on some nematodes.  Sure enough those are all now ex-slugs.

Planting Carrot seeds

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 22:22

Sandy soil is best for carrots but as long as you avoid using manure and heavy or stoney soil they will grow in just about anything.  If there is only the plug hole for drainage you should probably drill some extra holes and a layer of stones at the bottom sounds like a good idea.  I've very successfully grown them in a 60cm high raised bed filled with a 50/50 mix of spent compost (used for the previous year's tomatoes) and sharp sand with just a sprinking of fish, blood and bone to provide food.  Carrots don't need much in the way of fertiliser at all.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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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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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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