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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:38

I have a blackbird who 'owns' the table while feeding but doesn't stay long.  The rest of the birds know that and just hang around the area until he flies off.

Christmas has come early

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:00

Hi all,

Just had a really nice surprise with the delivery of 3 'duo' bare-root fruit trees that I had completely forgotten I'd ordered! All look in excellent condition and are 5ft tall, so well done VM!

I'm also off work today and it's perfect planting weather, so the only issue I have now is where to plant them (but that's always the case here, no matter what the plant is!)

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 15:31

Those are all autumn fruiting varieties BB and I would leave them as-is for now, cutting them down to the ground when you see new shoots coming from ground level.  The short bit of cane may still have stored food in it which will help the roots to get started.  It's not unusual for bare-root raspberry canes to have very little root when supplied but most of them will usually grow OK although there may be a few which don't.  If there's no sign of growth on some of them by about May, complain to the supplier and they should 'see you right' one way or another.

 

 

Heirloom Beans

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 11:37

I had great crops of a native american indian climbing bean (we usually call these pole beans or climbing french beans in the UK) called 'Cherokee Trail of Tears' last year.  I'm sure you can find something similar over there.

Squirrels

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 11:30

I think squirrels are like their ground-based rat cousins - if they can get their head through a hole then they can get their whole body through it!

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 11:25

Yes, cut them back as Dove said.  If you don't cut autumn fruiting varieties they will sprout side-shoots from the old canes and you will get a very early crop (earlier than summer-fruiting varieties) BUT the normal autumn crop will be severely reduced.  If you have more autumn-fruiting canes than you can handle you can leave a section of them to get this early crop but otherwise chop 'em down! 

Small Research TU Delft

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 19:54

done

Plant ID's please

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 18:15

1) looks like a Daphne, possibly Daphne odora Rebecca.

2) I would guess at a perennial oriental poppy of some kind.

3) might be Madonna lily - looks like the old flowering stems were recently cut.

4) possibly Shasta daisy?

5) is Musk Mallow I think (short lived perennial and they sprout from the base like that after cutting down.)

6), 7) & 8) a bit too blurred.

 

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 18:01

Possibly one of the weedy toadflaxes - I have a form of purple toadflax around here that gets everywhere (especially neglected pots), and look just like that at this time of year (it is evergreen.)  It's quite nice apart from the fact that it seeds everywhere.

Growing True Potato Seed

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 23:19

If grown from seed, it's unlikely a potato plant will be able to grow tubers large enough to harvest for use in just one growing season, but you could save those small tubers and use them as 'seed potatoes' for the following year.  As you say, not all varieties will set fruit though so you would be limited to using those that do.  It is indeed possible and I've had small potato plants appear which clearly came from self-sown seeds rather than 'volunteer' potatoes left in the ground as they were rooted very close to the surface and there was no sign of any tubers.  New varieties come into existence this way of course but it takes years before enough tubers can be produced to make it commercially viable.  That doesn't stop us trying it ourselves and having fun though!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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