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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 11:35

The racecourse with which I have an adjoining native (mainly hawthorn) hedge cut it yesterday as they always do at this time of the year, so I expect it's fine to do it now.  They use a rather impressive tractor attachment, which they need having several miles of hedges to cut.  Think of a 5 foot wide cylindrical lawnmover on the end of a hydraulic arm like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vmFq6K2OJw

 

has anyone ignored tomatoe growing advice

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 18:28

Yes, I found a larger crop was produced but ripened much later than the plants I had treated as cordons.  In fact the season ran out and half of the fruit on the 'au naturel' plants never had time to ripen.  If you live somewhere with a longer growing season than central UK or have a heated greenhouse then it might be worth trying.

Crop rotation, sequential cropping tips and hints

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 18:19

Celery can be a bit of a challenge too Gemma.  Seems OK in some gardens but not others.  Over the years I've tried just about everything veg-wise and now know what grows well here and what doesn't.  Your own experience is the most valuable thing there is so my advice is to give everything you fancy a go and see how you get on!

I agree with Mel - nothing quite as useful as a running 'garden diary' complete with sketches of what you planted where and when.  That works for the whole garden and, apart from being an invaluable future reference, stops you slicing through those lovely tulip bulbs you forgot you planted right just there!  

I'd also never remember which of my 40-odd clematis were which if I didn't have a diagram.  Labels just don't work around here (and I'm not keen on seeing them anyway)!

Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 18:16

'Sungold' for orange cherry sized ones, 'Suncherry premium' for the red equivalent, 'Marmande' and 'Legend' for large ones and 'Cristal' for the reddest of red standard sized tomatoes.  All of those are very tasty.

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 22:56

The 'to be shredded' pile is getting rather large here, nut!  I'm also going to coppice a Hazel as it's grown so large that it's shading some fruit trees so thinking about removing it completely.  It has produced some babies (probably with the aid of squirrels) so I'll move a couple of those to a more suitable area if I decide to dig it up.  I'll wait until I've enjoyed the catkins for a few weeks first though.

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 22:47

Edd, it doesn't have a name as such as it's too dim to be seen with the naked eye but is catalogued as SAO 76167 and GSC1800:1974.  Not very exciting but that's astronomers for you - everything has to be catalogued!  More interestingly, most of the bright stars visible to the unaided eye have Arabic names from when Arab astronomers were very active back in the 10th century.  No planets in that photo but the brightest "star" you can see low down in the East now and over the next few weeks is the planet Jupiter (not from here though - it's foggy!)

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 16:43

The house opposite me put theirs up two weeks ago!  I must admit they are very pretty and tastefully done though.

ph levels

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:29

That will work but might be impractical for a large area and soil will generally revert to its natural pH over time, so regular mulching with more EC would be necessary.  It's not far off neutral, so most plants would be ok but if you want to grow acid lovers (eg blueberries) then containers or raised beds with EC are the best bet I find.

Chilli plant has buds?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:24

There's unlikely to be enough light at this time of the year for the plant to be able to set and grow fruit, daisy, even though you seem to have it indoors so it will be warm enough.  There's a good chance it will survive through this winter though and if it does, re-pot it to a slightly larger pot in spring and I'm sure you'll have a good crop next summer.

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:18

Hi all, this one (taken with a Canon DSLR camera attached to my telescope) seems quite seasonal to me.  It is of three of the main stars in the Pleiades, more commonly known as the Seven Sisters.  These stars are passing through a cloud of gas and dust which reflects the blue light from these very hot, young stars.  The star in the centre is known as Merope which illuminates the gas around it called the Merope nebula:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64204.jpg?width=267&height=350&mode=max

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

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

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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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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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