BobTheGardener


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Found some holes

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:17

They could be made by one of several species of bee if the holes are small (1-2cm.)

Something ate my cacti!

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:11

Slugs (most likely) or snails.  They will eat just about anything, native or not.

Red acer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:32

Perfect!

Plant identification

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:18

It's an aconitum, sometimes known as Wolf's bane or Monkshood.

Red acer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:05

Also avoid an East-facing position if you can.  If the leaves get frosted in spring, early morning sun does them no good at all.

Digging over soil

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 23:01

You can just lay a layer of compost on the top (known as mulching) and the worms will take it down into the soil for you.  This is the essence of 'no dig' gardening.

Can I dig in manure in winter and then lightly lime in spring

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:59

Yes.  As I'm sure you know (otherwise you wouldn't be asking) it's important not to fertilize and lime at the same time as the two react together and much of the nutrient value is lost.

Grit

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:47

I use sharp sand (the tonne bags from Wickes are salt free (and yes, I have tasted it!)) and have several size sieves so can grade it myself.  This is the cheapest method of getting it I could find.  I also do the same with bags of 10mm pea shingle which contains all sizes up to 10mm.  I get the sharp sand and pea shingle for making concrete so the grit comes as a nice by-product.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:06

Huge amount of shredding done.  Looking at the way things are still growing in the garden there will be another large amount needed in a few weeks!  Lots of weed pulling before they set seed and a lot of dead-heading of the dahlias which are putting on a magnificent show.

What is this tomato?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 18:32

If not, try Galena from Realseeds - it tastes lovely and is a great cropper as I mentioned above.  All the varieties available from Realseeds will come true (ie they are not F1 or F2 hybrids.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

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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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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