Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Moving a mature hydrangea now

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:27

Give the area a good watering if you can to make extraction easier.  Prepare the new site in advance.  I would then cut it back really hard, almost to the ground which they should cope with at this time of the year.  Obviously try and take as big a rootball as you can manage.

Compacted soil and No Dig method

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 11:44

Kamo, I would recommend well-rotted farmyard manure.  2 inches is the minimum really and I always put down 3 or 4.  It really is worth doing and the benefits to your soil and plants will be more and more evident as time goes by if you do it every year.  I started with heavy clay and can now push a fork all the way down in my veg plot with one hand.

Climbers to cover a brick wall

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 11:33

Galvanised wire is best.  Screwfix have a good range of wire, turnbuckles (for tensioning) and vine eyes and the prices are good, too.  I always use 2.5mm wire as it will take the heaviest of loads (eg armandii clematis.)

Climbers to cover a brick wall

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 10:12

If you are prepared to fix vine eyes and wires to the wall, there are a few evergreen clematis which also might suit, such as Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' which is completely hardy im my garden.  Because of the heat retaining properties of the wall, some of the other semi-evergreen clematis will probably be fine, too.  I've used this company in the past - a link to their evergreen varieties:


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 10:05

You are doing the right thing by growing several plants, GD.  That way you should have enough available at one time.  Best to train them up strings or other supports to about 2m high them let them naturally tumble down.  Like cucs and toms, don't feed them until the first fruit have set or you'll get masses of growth and few fruit.

Seed Compost & Potting Compost

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 15:23

Seed compost has fewer nutrients and is of a finer consistency than potting compost and often has sand and/or vermiculite added.  It is only really for germinating seeds and the fine texture makes it easy to prick out seedlings.  Having said that, I sieve MPC and add sharp sand and fine grade perlite or vermiculte and use that for starting off seeds without any trouble.  Some folk just use MPC as-is and get on just fine.  Personally, I would recommend sieving it as if roots grow into big lumps of compost, they will almost certainly be damaged when you prick out the seedlings.

Is it just a hobby or a professional interest?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:20

I feel gardening reconnects me with nature.  I have a very technical and demanding job but while I often find myself thinking about work-related issues when I'm lying in bed, those thoughts simply disappear when I am in the garden raising and tending plants.  For some people sport is their release, for me, I believe gardening gives my life back some kind of natural balance.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 21:04

Thanks for letting us know the sad news Ellen, I did wonder why he had stopped visiting.  Michael's boundless enthusiasm for gardening was always evident in his posts.  He will be sadly missed.

Can I root a rhododendron?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 18:12

Almost no chance of that branch rooting, Lily.  You can layer them (ie bend a branch down to the ground and hold it down with a rock or a U-shaped peg and it will root in a few months.  However, if you strip off most of the leaves and all flower buds from the detached branch you have and stick it in the ground somewhere out of direct sunlight, you never know - plants want to live and will always try!

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Posted: 29/04/2017 at 11:50

I find jparkers provide very good quality bulbs.  None of the suppliers I have ever used has seperately packaged 'mixed' bulbs - they are always all just that - mixed in one packet.  Depending on the mix, you can sometimes separate them as different tulip types often have slightly different bulbs.  However, if it is a mix of colours of the same type then there is no chance of doing that.

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