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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Gravel or pebble path

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:04

Pebbles aren't porous, if you can find a supplier of light-coloured ones.

mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 11:32

Simples - for Autumn fruiting raspberries, cut all canes down to the ground in February.  If you live in a windy area, cut them back to about a foot tall after fruiting (which prevents the wind rocking the canes and damaging the roots) then all the way back in February.

Roses

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 11:19

It sounds like a genetic reversion of some kind.  Cut the branch with the white flowers off flush with the point it joins a normal branch/stem.  Mutant growth like this can be more vigorous than normal and there is a danger of it taking over.  Think of it as a rose cancer.

Gravel or pebble path

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 11:16

I suggest particularly avoiding limestone gravel which is porous as it is this water retaining property which allows green algae to grow on it, although that is mainly a problem where it lies on bare soil.  As`Dave suggests, I would use membrane but under both path and gravel border.   Doing that makes weeds easier to pull, too (weed seeds seem to love germinating in gravel, pebbles etc.)

 

greenhouse shelves

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:46

If the shelving attaches using aluminium nuts and bolts which need to be slid down the slots in the glazing bars, then technically, yes.  However, some bright spark invented cropped head bolts many years ago which can be placed in the slot and twisted to lock in place, meaning disassembly of your GH is unnecessary.  This is an example:

http://www.greenhousepeople.co.uk/products/309/25x-10mm-cropped-head-bolts/

 

Can I plant my Lilies?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:35

They look like "Stargazer" Becky, in case you wanted to know or look them up.

Magnolias spots

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:20

Hi Alan, looks like a fungal spot problem, probably caused by wet weather.  Try giving it a spray with Westland Plant Rescue Fungus Control every couple of weeks and remove any fallen leaves (and perhaps the worst affected ones, too.)  Magnolias prefer slightly acid soil, so an ericaceous feed might help a bit, too.  Older trees would probably not be too bothered by it, but as it looks like a young one, it might need a bit of help if, as you say, the whole tree is affected.

Lost garden tools

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 19:00

Someone needs to invent cheap electronic tags for tools so we can use a smart phone etc to find them (assuming we can find the phone, that is!)

Wight/brown blobs on hydrangea

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 18:56

Yes, definitely scale insects and almost certainly the one P&P mentions above.  RHS treatment advice here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=557

 

Well worth looking at.

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:57

Excellent.  In a similar vein Mike, this one shows how many forests only exist because of salmon and bears:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140218-salmon-fertilising-the-forests

 

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