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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Lily beetles in October!

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 18:44

Yeah, they overwinter as adults so kill on sight!  I found some rather torpid ones hiding in the leaves of my celeriac last winter, so they can probably be found almost anywhere in the garden at any time.. 

Sad Christmas Roses

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 18:39

I fully agree Will - my experiences lead me to also conclude that they are indeed fussy little beggars!

Evergreen jasmine - when to prune?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:10

That would make sense Bex.  Spring pruning for that jasmine-like trachelospurmum as you'll already have seen on the RHS site.

Moving Raspberries & Goosberries

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:29

When I did it, the prunings were probably from one or two year old wood.  I'd avoid the very oldest wood but I don't think it's critical.  Had to dig some rooted cuttings out as most took and I only have space for a few bushes.

Moving Raspberries & Goosberries

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:14

You may as well give yourself a bit of insurance by planting the prunings when you do that.  I find they root very easily even just sticking them (half buried) in the ground!

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 18:59

Fishy, you can re-use it providing you replace all of the nutrients (including micro-nutrients aka trace elements.)  After all, commercial compost made from coir and the like has no nutrients in at all it until they add them during the manufacturing process.

Having said that, you do risk pests and diseases building-up.  Personally, I put all of my used compost on the borders and other areas as my clay soil needs every bit of organic matter it can get.

Dahlia - still flowering

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:47

Dahlias will continue flowering until they get frosted.  It's at that point the leaves turn black and you cut them down to the ground. Some folk then lift them (I leave mine in the garden and many come back the next year.)  As yours is in a pot, just enjoy it for now and when the frost kills it, cut it back to about 2 inches above soil level and stop watering it.  Keep the pot somewhere frost free over the winter and when you see new shoots in the spring you can either plant it in the garden or refresh the compost and keep it in a pot.

Delphinium

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:28

I'd keep them in pots in a cold greenhouse over the winter and plant them out when they start to grow again in the spring.  The foliage will die down completely soon.

You'll need to use some protection from slugs when you plant them out next year as they find delphiniums particularly tasty and will eat the new shoots as soon as they appear.  If that happens to young plants like these it will usually kill them.

Beans - All sorts - Soil Prep

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 18:24

Broad beans are much less fussy than runner and other climbing beans and I have no trouble growing those with minimal soil preparation.

Moving rhubarb

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 18:22

I think spring is safer as the plant will start actively growing then and any damage to the roots you cause when transplanting (and some is inevitable) would heal quickly, whereas rot may set in on the damaged parts if you move it now.  Just my own preference of course - the opinion of others may differ as some folk do move them in autumn.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

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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