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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Hoe

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:49

Basically, a hoe cuts through weeds just below the surface of the soil.  Doing this will kill many weeds but others will grow back but weaker.  It also brings buried weed seeds closer to the surface so that they will now germinate, unfortunately.  However, keep doing it regularly and you will drastically reduce the number of weeds in your soil.  Sometimes, the old traditional methods are the best! 

starting a cottage garden

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:11

One definition of a cottage garden is that they contain a fairly random mix of things so in one sense you can't go far wrong!

What would be ideal is a mix of plants which flower at different times, preferably all the year round, so attracting bees and other insects to help pollination of your veg and fruit.  Some random suggestions, all of which are considered 'cottage garden' plants:

Foxglove, snowdrops, campanula, lavender, hardy geranium, sweet rocket, sweet william, dianthus, delphinium, aquilegia, allium, buddleia, euphorbia, achillea, aster, wallflower, phlox, hollyhock.  I could go on..

Cauliflower Shoots - When to Plant Out

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 18:26

The standard recommendation is to plant out when they have 5 true leaves and firm them in well to the point the lowest leaf emerges from the stem.  Works for me.

pot sizes

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 18:23

I find 25cm diameter is fine.  I do work up to that size though by re-potting peppers/chilies a couple of times as the roots begin to fill the smaller pots.  Potting directly from seedling into final size pot seems to give them a bit of a check in growth.

Uploading pictures

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 18:17

Hi Michael, yes pc or laptop - the site doesn't support uploads from mobile phones - maybe one day?

Rhododendron in pot

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:43

Hi LottieGY, Rhodo's need acid soil so I'd leave it in the pot as it's likely growing in ericaceous (acid) compost.  You can get ericaceous liquid feeds which would be perfect - even places like Wilkos have it. 

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 00:50

Zoomer, lily beetles overwinter as adults and don't lay eggs in the soil.  However, good advice from Dave as there may be other things in there such as vine weevil grubs, so do let the birds pick it over by spreading on the surface and leaving for a day or two.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:20

Well done Tracey - did any clips fly off into the distance?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:18

Nice try Dove!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:03

Had a nice surprise when I arrived home from work - a clematis delivery that I can't remember ordering!    I'm not going to check my orders though as there might be more pleasant surprises to come!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16

Bilberry

Flowering in September 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 13:20
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