Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Unidentified Shrub/Weed

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:38

It's an ash tree sapling and needs removing as soon as possible or it will be very difficult to get out as they have strong roots.  I have to remove dozens of them every year.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 19:32

Planted the maincrop potatoes, dug out a load of mint roots which had invaded the corner of a veg bed, moved half a dozen strawberries which were growing in the wrong place, sowed runner, two types of climbing and borlotti beans all in deep root trainers.  Did a fair bit of weeding, concentrating on the cleavers which are now going rampant!

What to do with overgrown Eucalyptus

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 13:00

I agree and think cutting them down every few years is the best way to grow these otherwise they can quickly turn into huge monsters - some species sold in the UK can get to nearly 100m tall! 

Gardeners' World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:51

I agree KT53 and found it an enjoyable watch.

replanting chilli

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:49

They'll probably do OK in topsoil as long as you don't keep the soil too wet as they really appreciate good drainage.  Best to mix in a bit of grit or perlite to help with that.

replanting chilli

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:44

The best way to grow chillies is to pot them on to only slightly larger pots several times.  If you put a small plant into a big pot they tend to sulk or even die.  To tell if it's ready, gently tip it out of it's current pot using your fingers over the top of the compost and see if the roots have reached the edge of the pot.  If they have, it's ready to put into a pot one or two sizes bigger (eg from a 9cm to a 11cm diameter pot.)  Keep doing that every few weeks until the roots reach the sides of a 15cm pot, at which point it can go into it's final pot.

Ground Elder

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 20:36

Indeed elspeth, it's either one or the other.  What doesn't work is spraying then not waiting long enough and pulling/digging them up.  If the foliage is removed too quickly, the roots survive and it comes back (which it will do to some extent anyway, so several treatments with glyphosate are usually necessary.)  One needs to wait at least 3 weeks and probably best 5-6 weeks before removing the dead foliage after spraying which should ideally be done when it is growing strongly and flower buds are beginning to develop.

Acer Purchases Today (ID)

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 19:20

Lovely specimens, Torg.

Pest on nectarine

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:53

Rub off as many as you can RP as spraying isn't all that effective on the adults.  You can't use systemic insecticides (well, at least I wouldn't) on a fruit tree and those are the only sort which will be effective against adults.  Not only will the neonicatinoids get into the fruit but it will also affect bees and other pollinating insects which visit the flowers.  I had them all over my peach tree a few years ago and tackled it one branch at a time, scraping them off by hand.  It was hard work and took several days but did the trick.  If you really have to spray, I'd wait until the flowers have finished and would discard this year's fruit.

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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:24

A busy day for me too.  Weeded and top-dressed a dozen large pots of blueberries with ericaceous compost, pricked-out/potted-on about 5 dozen seedlings, did more veg plot preparation and a fair bit of watering.  Doesn't sound much now I've written it but I'm shattered again!

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