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Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:05

Get them in, Goldfinch.  Plant so the top of the clove (not counting shoot) is an inch below soil level.

Red robin won't grow

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 11:10

Agree, and clearing the grass from around it is important.  Grass is a very competitive plant and uses up lots of nutrients from the soil.

Wild flowers now

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 23:30

Lovely, GD.  I think the top one is pink rather than red campion (silene dioica.)

Seed catalogues

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:17

My copies of 'plant porn' arrived a few days ago and will keep me going through the winter!  

I know what you mean about the pictures - 'photoshopped' is the phrase which comes to mind!  However, I eventually found that I if stuck to plants which like my local soil type and climate, they usually didn't look too far off.  It was things like north american prairie plants (eg rudbekia) and similar from south africa (eg gazania) which were always disappointing.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 21:18:30

Raspberries - what to do?

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:00

Agree, they sucker and usually not in the direction you would like them too!  The underground runners can go a long way too - I once had them pop-up the other side of a 20ft lawn (mowing probably kept them down in the lawn.)  Whenever I've dug 'wandering' raspberry roots out, they don't seem to go much deeper than about 8-10 inches so I would think a 12" deep barrier would do the job.  Pond liner would probably be ideal but a double thickness layer of a weed control membrane would likely be sufficient.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 21:01:10

Allotment help

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:41

Looks like a japanese acer to me, judging by the bark, buds and growth habit.  Can't help with the thing at the base but it does look like it had flowering stems, so would leave in place for now.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:34

Chucking it down since the early hours but forecast to clear after it gets dark..

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:30

Weather like Pansyface's here, so just a quick dash out.  Not looking very good though!
a winter jasmine
a few primrose (looking moth-eared)a few polyanthus (also looking a bit slugged)
only a few florets of viburnum (Dawn) open but masses of buds.
sweet box & skimmia (Rubella) also still in bud.

On the brighter side, my indoor cyclamen are looking superb and there are hundreds of bulbs poking their noses out, so plenty to look forward to.

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 12:30

You could consider a vermicomposting (worm composting) bin.  Those are designed to collect the liquid which can be drained via a tap and is a superb liquid plant food.  Google 'worm factory' and one of the 'hits' is this video showing how it works:


Posted: 01/01/2017 at 00:20

Happy New Year everyone!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

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


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


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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