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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

How to space climbers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 18:46

Not sure about the others but clematis need a deep hole but it can be quite narrow.  I dig mine at least 2 feet deep with a border spade and fill with homemade compost. Many of my large-flowered clematis are only planted 15" apart and they do fine.  Very vigorous species like Montana would need a lot more space though.

Camera Corner

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 21:27

Ooh cake please!  Delayed as internet is playing up tonight - cake will ease the frustration!

Camera Corner

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 20:21

Little Miss Muffet (with spider) and TinTin?!

Talkback: How to plant a fruit tree

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:45

Dove, you keep beating me tonight!  I must buy a new keyboard - the symbols have worn off of this one and as I can't touch-type I have to keep editing!

Talkback: How to plant a fruit tree

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:43

Planting two different varieties would be better.  A single tree will still provide fruit but a second tree of a different variety grown nearby will improve pollination and increase the crop of both.

Wood stove ashes.

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:38

Hi eddie, Wood ash is slightly alkaline so best not used near acid-loving plants such as the rhododendron family or blueberries.  As long as the ash is from burnt logs etc (ie not painted or wood treated with a preservative) then it can be used on the garden when sprinkled sparingly around and will provide some useful nutrients.  You can also add it to compost heaps but, again, don't create really thick layers and mix it in well.

Growing Potatoes

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:03

It will never hurt and may be of benefit.  It is also a good way to ensure your tubers stay healthy until planting time.  Leaving them in the bag anywhere warm is a recipe for disaster, so if you have a unheated but frost-free area with plenty of light there is no real reason not to chit them.

Polytunnels

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 18:37

Dave, I think biofreak is talking about walk-in polytunnels.  It's unfortunate that both things are commonly referred to by the same name.

Biofreak (and anyone else contemplating buying one), check that replacement covers are available before you buy a particular brand of polytunnel.  However, there's a fair chance that a cover for a different make of the same tunnel size will fit reasonably well but no guarantee.

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:34

The better the drainage on the lawn, the less likely you are to see worms casts.  The worms do this to help aerate their tunnels to prevent themselves from drowning but don't need to do that in well drained soil. 

What type of peas.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:31

If you like mange tout (aka snap peas, sugar peas) where you eat the whole pod, you grow them just like ordinary peas but the crop is quite a lot better, mainly because you do eat the whole thing.

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! 
Replies: 3    Views: 103
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 394
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 185
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 
Replies: 16    Views: 465
Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
Replies: 13    Views: 479
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
Replies: 48    Views: 3172
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
Replies: 31    Views: 1272
Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
Replies: 5    Views: 426
Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
Replies: 24    Views: 1560
Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16

Bilberry

Flowering in September 
Replies: 7    Views: 598
Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 13:20
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