Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Courgettes in raised bed

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 16:19

Too early to plant out - don't risk that until all danger of frosts have gone.  I would keep re-potting them into a slightly larger pots when their roots reach the edge of their current pot until then.  They make big plants - up to about a metre across so would only put one in there but you might get away with two side-by-side if you let them hang over the edge and can keep up with the watering.

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:46

Fingers crossed Lolla!

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:12

Simple - you should never use concentrated feed without diluting it.  Basically, you have poisoned them.

However, if you flush the plants with lots and lots of water they may recover.

Veg near snowdrops

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:09

Poisons cannot transfer from one plant to another so you have absolutely nothing to worry about - you could grow deadly nightshade next to lettuces and still be able to eat the lettuce.

Drip irrigation problem

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:06

Check that you don't have any sharp bends in the main tube which would block flow.  The 90 degree bend under the first mural in 20170408_103809.jpg might be the problem.  It might also be worth fitting a filter close to the water butt to prevent debris getting into the system - these systems are very prone to blockages.

Old verbena bonariensis

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 10:47

Cut them back to ground level - if the roots are still alive they will shoot.  If not, you will have to hope they seeded as you say.  You might have to wait a while for them to germinate though.

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 10:32

LG, I like the pond idea and the stepover is looking good.

Wonky, I seem to have been 'accidentally' collecting peonies (some came with offers) - just counted and have 11 in pots so some of those will have to go in there!  Also have a dozen roses in pots, an assortment of potted shrubs including weigela, cornus, deutzia and potentilla which have been sitting around for over a year plus a couple of integrifolia clematis.  Also lots of potted spring and summer bulbs which I never managed to find room for elsewhere earlier in the year.

In fact I've more than twice as many plants as I need so will probably revamp another border too (if I can find the time and energy!)

Blueberry leaves going brown

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 23:41

Depending on the variety, it could either be that they are deciduous types (the majority) which have been grown in artificial conditions and are now losing the older leaves now they are in the real world, or they are evergreen types which lose many of their leaves at this time of the year as they are replaced by new ones.  Either way, the new growth looks healthy and there are clearly plenty of buds on the stems so I would say you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

However, I dfo think you are probably watering them too often and would cut down and only water them when the surface of the compost begins to dry out.  Blueberries like damp but not waterlogged soil.  Always use rainwater as tap water can be alkaline which they won't like at all.

I'm also assuming these are outside.  They should not be grown indoors or under cover as they won't appreciate the dry air and heat;  They are hardy outdoor plants and need a cold season to grow and fruit properly.

Squirrel terrorising my fruit trees

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:09

Kania 2000 is all I will say.

Gas heater in GH

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:07

Gas or paraffin will always create condensation as it's a product of burning hydrocarbons (the other being mainly carbon dioxide.)  The only thing you can do is ventilate.  The best way to heat a GH is by a temperature controlled electric fan heater but that means having a supply to the GH of course which isn't always easy.

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