Latest posts by BobTheGardener

New greenhouse

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 15:20

PS, the Rhino in particular is very strong so fine on level and compacted soil.

Can you bury a tree slightly in a raised bed?

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 15:18

Most trees will suffer if you bury the base of the trunk and roots under more than a couple of inches of soil.  The trunk can easily rot at the base but the main problem is that there are roots surprisingly close to the surface and those need air which will be cut off when buried.  Have a look at this pdf from some experts:

You may get away with it in some cases - depending on what type of palm it is, that may survive.  Can you post some photos to try and identify your trees?

Last edited: 09 July 2017 15:18:28

New greenhouse

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 14:38

I managed it all on my own, Victoria.  It was a bit of a struggle to get the ridge on but I used wire to hold it roughly in place at one end while I lifted and fitted the other end.  However, I would say 2 people are really necessary and could easily do it.  The 4mm safety glass is quite heavy as most of the panes are 5 foot long, rather than the usual 2x2 foot which many greenhouses use so I got the fitting kit which included a glass suction cup lifter which really helped.

Curled apple tree leaves

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 13:23

It depends on the size of the tree but if very young, I would only remove the section with the damaged leaves, so maybe 2-3 inches.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 13:04

27C in the shade here and a bit uncomfortable due to the humidity.  Badly need rain - all of the recent storms have missed me.

Climbers for cottage style garden, advice most welcome.

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 13:01

Personally, I would paint it first.  Having it rendered is another option but not cheap.  Is the wall curved - it looks like it but that may be a photographic effect?  If so, I would be tempted to use galvanised wires held in place by vine eyes.  Lots of climbers to choose from.  I love clematis so those would be my first choice but I'm sure others will give you lots of other ideas.

Curled apple tree leaves

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 12:46

Now is an ideal time to nip the ends off of apple tree branches, especially if damaged by aphids.  It's called summer pruning and will encourage the formation of fruiting spurs further back along the branch.

How deep should I plant potted jerusalem artichokes?

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 11:41

I would plant them about 4" deeper than the level of the soil in the pot, no more.  They grow sideways underground and once you have them you will have them forever as you always seem to miss the odd tuber when harvesting them!  Lovely roasted but they aren't known as 'fartichokes' for nothing!

ID lucky dip Perennials

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 11:34

Looks like the basal rosette of an eryngium before it sends up the flowering stems.  I think T&M often supply E. Blue Hobbit.

Last edited: 09 July 2017 11:34:37

What pest would cause this damage

Posted: 08/07/2017 at 21:39

Very likely, a great big slug.

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Some kind of mint?

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