BobTheGardener


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Papaver somniferum seedling problems

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:07

Agree with Nut.  The vast majority of poppies hate root disturbance anyway and will rarely survive any kind of transplanting.  I've found a good way on my clay soil is to use a layer of grit to cover the surface of the soil where I want them to grow and then sprinkle the seeds over the grit - they are that tiny that they will fall through the gaps.  You also then know where you've sown them when weeding.

Killing a yukka

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 13:59

Having recently dug a 20 year old one (which I grew from seed) out of a raised bed, I will echo the posts above.  The roots are huge and thick but easily snap (they are really water storage organs) so pulling them up is not possible, they have to be dug out.  They look great in a very large garden where they can stay for half a century or more and won't poke anyone's eyes out.  If you have a relatively small garden which you might want to completely revamp within your lifetime, don't plant one!

Acer soil

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 13:53

Best wait until spring when the roots will start growing again, Meomye.

Tree seems to be bleeding

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 19:52

I think you have an insect borer at work there - the stuff on the ground is the frass produced by the large beetle grub inside your tree.  Hopefully it's not this:


http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/WebPRByCountryLang/DBF28E04AB49081280257A3F004C8CD6

Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:17

Not sure about Alder now I've zoomed in a bit.

Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:08

The top one is a Pear I suspect and the other two look like Alder.

Dwarf rhodendron issue

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:49

Looks dead to me but the way to tell is to scratch off a small amount of bark with your thumbnail.  If it is brown underneath then that section is dead so try further down.  If you find any green there is still some hope but you should remove any stems which are clearly dead and cut back into live wood.

Help! Can anyone identify this plant?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:15

Difficult to identify but is far too small to plant out so grow it on and overwinter in the pot.  Best to put it in an unheated greenhouse or coldframe if you have one, otherwise put the pot close to a wall of the house.  Come spring and it should have grown a bit and it will be easier to tell what it is.

single flower identification

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 21:45

It's an aquilegia, tony.

Crop Rotation. 3, 4 or 5 Year?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:14

Three roughly equally sized veg areas here so I go with 3 year rotation simply because of that.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'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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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

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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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28
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