BobTheGardener


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soil warming cable

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:11

You're welcome JV.  Anyone can make a thread like this - just start a new one and choose which section you want it under.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

No problem JV, glad it helped.

Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:39

BTW Josh, the weed at the bottom is Wood Avens - get that out before those spiky seed-heads open or you'll never be rid of it! 

Unidentified Plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:31

Here are a couple of photo's I just took of my Kiwis - grown from supermarket fruit.  They have never flowered but I grow them for the red shoots and furry leaves.  They grow very rapidly though (can be a bit of a thug) and are prone to late frosts.  When they get damaged I just cut off all affected leaves and shoots and they re-shoot within days:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51144.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51145.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

soil warming cable

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:52

Seeds and cuttings love bottom-heat.  Have a look at the hot-bench using soil-warming cable which I built earlier this year - with the addition of a glass cover, it makes a great propagator:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/tools-and-techniques/diy-heated-propagator/226761.html

 

Unidentified Plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:41

Possibly a Kiwi.

Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:39

The brown stem at the bottom in that last photo makes it look very much like a tree peony to me.

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 18:04

I know what you mean Berghill - I just threw 30 tomato and about another 30 pepper & chilli plants (which were in 7cm pots) on the heap as I needed the space for those which have been planted into their final containers.  I've already given away twice as many.  Must try and control myself at seed sowing time next year, but fear it will be the same story all over again!

Major lilly problems

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:39

It might be lack of nutrition and they may have exhausted the soil around them.  That happened to a large container of my lilies one year and when I re-potted them into new compost with extra fish, blood and bone, they gave a magnificent show the next year.

If they are in the ground, a good 3 to 4 inch deep mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure this Autumn should get worked down by the worms in time to help for next year and may fix the problem.

Deadheading roses

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:31

I do either, depending on whether I happen to have the secateurs in my pocket and see no difference in the number of blooms produced. Trimming back to a leaf node does make them look neater though.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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