BobTheGardener


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blackberry bush

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 18:52

Blackberries ideally need to be in the ground but it should be happy, at least for a few years, in a tub as long as you feed and water it well.  Some retailers mention growing Loch Tay in containers.  I would remove the top few inches of compost each spring and replace it with fresh, perhaps mixed with some well-rotted manure.

blackberry bush

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 16:37

The young shoots will produce fruit next year snowqueen so keep the big ones which will flower and produce berries this year.  Once you have picked the fruit, cut the fruited canes right back to the soil.

Hidden gem or thug

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 15:09

Yep, a hardy geranium as pansyface said.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 11:17

Inspected for frost damage earlier - was below freezing from midnight and went down to -2C at 7am before rising again.  Layer of ice on birdbath removed.  A few magnolia flowers succumbed and the previously nice straight tulips just about to open looking decidedly wonky!  Tomatoes and chillies on the heated bench OK though.

Desperate for weed help

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:08

Snap (as is often the case) nut!

Desperate for weed help

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:07

Nick, it's Ground Elder.  Wait until you see flowers beginning to form then spray it all thoroughly with glyphosate.  You must then wait for it to die down completely before removing the dead leaves and stems.  If you don't wait, the roots won't be killed.

Unfortunately, as it is coming in from your neighbours garden, it will come back through the boundary so try to persuade them to do the same on their side at the same time.

Parsnips

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:50

Might be a bit too late with roots that long but why not plant them anyway and start some more the same way, this time planting them as soon as you see any sign of life?

Bluebells

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:57

Yes, I remember seeing the odd white one in Swithland woods (Leics) well over 50 years ago which must precede the introduction of the Spanish ones.  The plant equivalent of albinos.

Football

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:16

All I can say is your team will come back stronger greenfingers steve.  The foxes even went down to league 1 a few seasons ago but getting rid of the overpaid prima-donnas followed by a complete rebuild has worked absolute wonders, as you can see!  Stick in there mate! 

Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:01

It's called 'worm charming':

http://www.wormcharming.com/

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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