BobTheGardener


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Seedling identities

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 18:52

Most poppies don't transplant well so sowing in a seed tray won't generally work very well as the seedlings die when pricked out.  The exception are oriental poppies which can be a bit reluctant from direct sowing.  I started mine off in pots, thinned the seedlings in the pot and then grew them on finally planting the whole pot out.  Once they get going in the soil they are pretty indestuctible though!

Last edited: 29 May 2017 18:52:36

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 15:06

I'll certainly do that, Dove.

Lichen Infested Trees

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 15:03

The lichen isn't a problem and won't affect the trees.  I suspect they may have canker though but it's difficult to see from the photos.


What is certainly a problem is that the grass has been allowed to grow right up to the trunk.  Grass is a very greedy plant and will be starving the trees for nutrients. It's also possible that feed & weed has been used on the lawn and could have affected the trees because of the closeness of the grass.


What I would do is remove the grass in a circle of at least a metre diameter around the trunks and then sprinkle blood, fish & bone onto the soil, gently working it in, before laying a mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure about 4 inches thick over the soil.  This will feed the trees and they should recover providing thay are not too far gone although I wouldn't expect to see much happen until next spring.


Edit: didn'tsee the posts from obelixx and Dove - tend to agree that it might be best to cut your losses and remove and replace them.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 15:08:46

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:51

Quite excited today as new greenhouse is being delivered tomorrow!  Went for a Rhino premium 8 x 12 after much deliberation.  It's replacing a 4m x 2m polytunnel which hasn't performed as well as I would have liked (the type with the green string woven into the cover.)  Need to erect it PDQ as my other greenhouse is completely packed & overflowing with tender plants.

Fish tank water??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:33

It'll be fine and, as you say, may have few nutrients in it too.

Seedling identities

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:14

Not sure about 1 but the rest are various sorts of poppy.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:11

Overnight and morning rain here GD, but really needed it badly - the recent rain kept missing my area.
It stopped for a couple of hours earlier this afternoon so I managed to get my slug nematodes watered in which have been sitting in the fridge for a few days as the ground was dry as a bone.  It's just started spotting again, so that will help the nematodes get to work.


I did wonder what the neighbours thought though, seeing me take 20 trips with the watering can to an already drenched garden!   "Look - Mad Old Bob is watering his garden.. in the rain!"

Last edited: 29 May 2017 14:12:14

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:51

My first idea was a bridge, too, Dove!

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:45

I've fixed the orientation on your photo, pinchie.:



I wouldn't be please with that pipework either - looks like a bit of a bodge job.  Do you know what services the pipe is carrying?  All I can come up with is hiding it under an old log, which would at least look more natural.

Clematis Avalanche question

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:08

Are you sure it's frost hardy?  I had a Cartmanii Joe which looked similar but I had to keep it in the conservatory over winter.  I forgot to bring it in early enough one year and it lost all of its leaves but did eventually recover (until it was killed by a scale infestation.)

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