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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Another Id Please

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 15:52

It looks to be in the Saxifrageaceae family but that covers a lot of plants! To narrow it down it looks very like a Heuchera, Tiarella or Heucherella, so only a few thousand of those to go through!   Has it ever flowered and if so, what did they look like?

Cut down Perennial Poppy?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:42

I cut mine down to the ground Dave and agree that they do look terrible after they go over.  I can't remember getting a 2nd fllush of flowers but they do grow back foliage which stays relatively low and often survives the winter so provides a bit of greenery.

How can I attract more birds to my small, sheltered garden?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 16:47

If you have any shrubs or hedging near the trees, place the feeders close to those as birds will be more likely to use them if they can quickly flit into a bush etc to hide when a predator is around (cats, sparrowhawks etc.)  Hawthorn is perfect.

PS, it may take a few weeks for birds to discover the feeders so be patient. 

Edible cherries?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 16:36

I'm pretty sure all cherries are edible but whether they taste nice or not is another matter completely! 

Cauliflower heads loose

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 15:40

Yes Amanda, firm planting applies to all brassicas and really helps.

Uh-oh ...

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 15:35

They look like Scots pine seedlings to me.  Any Scots pine or similar trees nearby?

I find they look decorative and do quite well in pots if you don't have room for a large tree.


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 13:37

You were very lucky to spot and photograph it in time Lynne.  Thanks for sharing!

Cauliflower heads loose

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:31

Cauli's are probably the most difficult veg to grow well for home gardeners.  The young plants need to be really well firmed-in to produce dense, tight heads which would be difficult in your sandy soil - they are commercially grown in areas with clay soil.  I would harvest and use them as they won't tighten up now.

If you grow them again, try planting the young plants as deeply as you can - right up to the bottom leaves and use your heel all around each one to firm the ground around the stalk.

Yellow Courgettes

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:22

I would leave them on as they may green-up when fed.  If they turn brown then nip them off.  Once you start feeding any new leaves should be green - if they aren't check drainage in the containers.  While courgettes are really thirsty plants, they also need good drainage - if the roots stand permanently in wet soggy compost the plants will die.

Yellow Courgettes

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 11:35

Are you growing them in the ground?  They may need feeding if you didn't add anything to the soil before planting.  If in a container they will definitely need regular feeding.  Liquid tomato food would be good.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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New trees 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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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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