Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 11:07

Hi all, woke and noticed a vague smell of burning in the kitchen when I went to make a coffee.  Turned out it was coming from the main electricty fuse which was rather warm!  Now sitting waiting for the power distribution company visit.  Typical, just as the cold weather arrives.

Blueberry Standard

Posted: 04/12/2017 at 19:41

Someone else recently asked that - the last 2 posts in this thread seem to have an answer of sorts:

I know it's boring but...

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 16:51

Hi Daisydot, check that you haven't accidentally "ignored" Lyn.  To see your settings, click your icon at the top (next to Logout) and select "My settings" then "Forum settings" and look at the box "Members I am ignoring".  If you see Lyn in there, click "remove" to the right of her name.

Peony or not peony?

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 11:40

I agree with nut.  Next year's flowers have already started forming and will be on the tips of many of the branches.  Given that Paeonia 'High Noon' is known to sometimes produce a few late autumn blooms and is yellow, it may be that.

raised planting beds against brick wall

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 18:45

One way would be to build a rear wall into your raised beds and leave a gap against the wall but if you are piling soil up above the DPC then you need a damp-proofing membrane fixed against the wall.  However, much of the stuff from builders merchants is pretty thin and easily pierced so I would use heavy duty pond liner fixed to the wall with a suitable adhesive such as a strong 'grab' adhesive.

Possible compost problem

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 11:47

I agree, some of the loam-based ericaceous composts are a lot heavier than compost-based ones so adding about 20% grit is a good idea.  You could always mix it with some compost-based ericaceous to lighten it too.  I lost a couple of blueberries to root rot over the winter a few years ago when they were planted in a JI formula ericaceous which had become waterlogged even though the drain holes were clear.  I mixed it with with a compost-based ericaceous, composted bark and some grit, planted new blueberries and they are thriving.

New 'fruit garden'

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 11:36

Yeah, looking good nick!  Try and get hold of as much well rotted manure as you can (make sure it is well rotted though) and dig some into the beds when you fill them then finish off with a good 4 inch layer on top over the winter.  That will add life and goodness to the soil for many years, encourage the worms which will seem to come from nowhere and you will be rewarded by good crops as the fruit trees and bushes will love it.

Conservatory advice

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 19:37

Mine (in Leics) is unheated and double-glazed but I'd say the biggest issue is keeping it cool in summer.  I fitted solar powered extraction fans so the stronger the sun, the faster the fans rotate but even with those I need to keep several windows open for most of the year.  It can easily hit in excess of 50C in there if the windows are shut which will kill many plants very quickly.  I use it to over-winter plants and grow chillies and sweet peppers in the summer.  It's also great for those (recently rare) occasions where a very cold snap arrives which threatens seedings in the greenhouse.  Because the conservatory is built against the west house wall, it never gets even near freezing point, even in severe weather.

Ericaceous plant food

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 19:07

If your soil isn't naturally acidic then sulphur chips can help:

Yellowing leaves

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 19:04

I agree with Paul - evergreens do replace their older leaves but not all at once like deciduous trees and it is this time of year when it's most noticeable.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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