Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Do you have to use earth to earth up potatoes?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:14

The main reason for earthing up is to protect any potatoes developing near the surface from receiving light, which turns them green and inedible.  Another reason is that it helps to keep down weeds.  You don't actually have to earth up potatoes at all for them to produce a crop.  Your home-made compost will be fine and will help to retain water which they will really appreciate.  There was a short section in "The Beechgrove Garden' last week about earthing up potatoes (on BBC i-player if you missed it.)

Invisible Dinner

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:06

Yep, absolutely typical slug/snail damage there.


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:03

If they've gotten out of 'sync' and start sending up flowers, you'll just have to enjoy them!  As long as they get dry, they should go dormant again though.  As soon as I see growth in the autumn, I re-pot them and nearly always have a good showing of flowers for Christmas.


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 10:49

Cyclamen persicum (aka "indoor" or "florist's" cyclamen) are best kept cool and dry, B3.  If you have not stopped watering yet, do so now.  The leaves will turn yellow and drop off, indicating they have gone dormant (which is what you want.)  They will need to be kept pretty dry while dormant as wet soil in the pot can cause the corms to rot.  The slugged one will probably re-sprout as long as the slugs have not chewed off all of the knobbly bits (which is where the leaves and flowers come from) completely, but that may not be until around September if it has decided to go dormant.

I line mine up against the north-facing wall of the house, under the eaves during the summer.

Plant ID

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:46

Certainly a brassica of some kind and probably just a stray seed possibly from a wild form or birdseed, so nothing worth keeping.

How are tomatos in terracota pots??

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:42

They will grow fine in just about anything, Eve, as long as there are drainage holes in the bottom.

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:40

Can't see the centres on the computer I'm using today, Lyn!

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:36

Nut is right - Ipheion would be over by now, thinking about it.

Leggy stocks seedlings

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 14:32

Are these night scented stock?  If so, they are very gangly plants and best hidden behind other plants in the garden as they aren't really a very good looking plant, but the scent is divine.   It's recommended to direct sow but mine never survive the slugs so I do as above.

Can't help with other types of stock though.

Last edited: 03 June 2017 14:33:12

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 14:20

Those look like Ipheion uniflorum, possibly 'Wisley Blue'.  The leaves will smell a bit oniony if rubbed between your fingers.  Like all bulbs, you need to let the foliage die back naturally to feed the bulb so it can produce flowers next year.  If you trim it all off now, you may only get foliage next year and few flowers.

I plant other plants at this time of the year to help hide untidy bulb foliage while it dies back.  By doing that now, you know where the bulbs are so don't tend to 'trowel to death' so many !

Last edited: 03 June 2017 14:23:51

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