Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Monkey puzzle

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 10:46

I agree with Dove (as usual )  They are slow growers though and don't cause much shade so I suggest leaving it until it gets too big for your liking and then simply felling it and planting something else.  They do make a great 'statement' tree in the middle of a large lawn.

no life

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 22:01

The best possible thing to use is use well rotted farmyard or horse manure.  The worms will soon move in and the cycle of life will restart.  Put down at least a 4 inch layer (ideally 6" this first time) and I would dig in this first batch.  After that put down a 4" layer on the top of the soil this autumn and let the worms do the rest.  I would wait until next spring before doing any serious planting or laying the lawn.  You could grow things in pots (even shrubs and small trees) until then to brighten the garden up which has the advantage that you can move things around to see what layout you like best.

What is this on my Magnolia

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 20:29

I think it's just lichen which is completely harmless and an indicator of good air quality. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:15

Looks like paulownia and very pretty it is too.

Kale new leaf growth is dark

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:57

I'm like that too Blue - can't bear to throw spare seedlings away so if I can't give them away they get planted somewhere even if they have no real chance of thriving! 

My flowers are coming out of the soil

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:47

Hi Ariadna, it could be that the roots are rotting off.  This can happen if there isn't enough drainage.  I can see that you have lined the basket with plastic - did you make holes in the bottom for excess water to drain away?


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:02

They take up a *lot* of water GD (due to the large leaf area) so I would only plant one in a pot of that size.

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 13:48

The photo goes blurry when I try and zoom in.  Can you take a close up of the leaves and buds (if it has any)?

Apple Seed Help.

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:36

They really need to be planted permanently in the garden but you can keep them in large (50cm+) pots for a few years.  They will eventually blossom and produce apples but they might not be very big or nice to eat although the blackbirds will love them when they fall.   Bear in mind that they will grow into large trees, likely much bigger than a standard grafted tree.  You could try grafting scions (twigs) from an eating apple tree onto them and cut off the rest of the tree if those take.  However, grafting is an art and you would need to read up on it before trying that.  'Bud grafting' is the least difficult.

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