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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Reclaimed soil - Potatoes the Answer ??

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:59

Dig-in some well-rotted farmyard manure when you plant the spuds and it will almost certainly be fine.

Potato Vine

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:57

I grew mine in a large pot for a couple of years - seemed to like it (extremely floriferous) and easy to control.  It went in the ground last spring and failed to flower but looks covered in buds right now.

Louvres in Greenhouses

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:54

I'll second Pansyface's advice.

spring bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:52

As nut says, give them a bit of a feed if you like but otherwise do nothing.  The leaves are now feeding the bulb and next year's flower is forming inside.  If you do anything unnatural to the leaves at this point, then you'll get no flowers next year.  If you want to split any of the clumps of bulbs up, mark their position now with a label then split and replant them after the leaves have died.

Reducing a tree stump below ground

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:48

I'll be feeling like that tomorrow morning Steve - 30 bags of manure and compost to move today..  Bits of me still ache from the long Easter weekend!

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:40

That's just their normal growth habit - the leaves will be normal when they are fully developed.

PS, I would remove the blue label around the trunk - they can restrict growth and hide pests or become a starting point for a fungal infection.  Or is that tape holding it together where it has been split/broken at some point?

Plant id please

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:54

Haha - how could I have forgotten that 'enchanting' weed! 

Hobby Greenhouse gets too hot

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:51

I have solar-panel powered fans in my greenhouse, but given the resources used to make the panels, I can't really call them sustainable.  My long-term solution was to grow a dwarf apple tree directly to the south and keep it it to an open shape by summer pruning.  That way, the greenhouse gets maximum light when it is needed most (from late autumn to spring) when there are no leaves on the tree and some shade in the summer which the leaves provide.  Bonus apples, too!

Plant id please

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:43

If I didn't try and keep on top of them, Geum urbanum and Ranunculus repens would completely take over my whole garden in short order!  OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration as I'm sure the Hedera helix and Fraxinus excelsior seedlings would survive and the Fragaria vesca would doubtless find a niche for itself, too, not to mention the Aegopodium podagraria and Elymus repens!   Blimey, they don't seem so bad when called by their latin names though do they?

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:25

Edd's right - I would plunge the whole pot in a bucket of water for 30 minutes or so every few days until they have gone.  The ants may have excavated a nest inside the pot.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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