BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Sharp sand

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 18:56

If it is sharp sand and not builders' sand, digging it in to heavy soil will improve it.  You can also mix it with compost to make a better growing medium.  Basically anywhere you would use fine horticultural grit, you can substitute shap sand.

Plant Identity

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:45

Agree, Musk mallow for sure.

rust and black spot

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:38

Yes, some years are worse than others.  Make sure you remove all fallen leaves from beneath affected roses as they are the main source of infection icome next season and, of course, wind blows leaves around so can spread it to other nearby roses as do aphids.

Is it ok to use pressure treated timber to make raised beds?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:32

Yes it's fine as the chemicals used to preserve the wood these days are safe.  If you use untreated wood it has to be much thicker as it will quickly rot.  Even pressure-treated timber can have a short life when in contact with constantly wet soil - mine tend to last for between 5 and 10 years on clay soil.

tayberry pruning

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:24

Tayberries are a cross with blackberries and have the same fruiting habit and pruning regime.  Basically they fruit on last year's wood, so the canes you see now will bear fruit next year.  Once you have picked the fruit from a cane you remove that cane by cutting it right back to the ground.  New canes will appear from the ground next spring and those will give you fruit the following year.  Tie the canes into a support frame of some kind and after you cut the fruited ones out, you tie-in the new canes which will replace them.  More here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=93

inherited garden - can you help?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:14
Holls1988 wrote (see)
Thank you for your quick responses and advice. That buddlea is growing right next to the rose, as in main stems touching, will there be a reason they have planted them like that?

The buddleia may not have been planted at all and has probably sprung up from a wind-blown seed - they grow like weeds around here.  You can transplant it to somewhere with more room if you want to keep it.

Herbs

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 12:46

Can you tell us which herbs snowy?  Lots depends on what you have as many need different conditions and some are annual so won't last the winter anyway.

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 12:40

Thanks all, chainsaw it is!  I'll need to start with vertical cuts to separate it into managable chunks I think, otherwise I'll never get it through the gate to the shredder!

Good idea to remove a few roots to introduce other shrubs Tetley, if I can - looking at the base, some of the stems are about 4-5 inches dia., so fall under 'trunks' in my book.  I can still swing a pick-axe though - just not so good up ladders as I was!

I'll post photos of the massacre as I go!

Plants being stripped

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 12:27

As nut says, it will be different things, the most likely being:

  • Gooseberry: gooseberry sawfly
  • Roses: rose sawfly
  • Climbing plants: snails
  • everything else: slugs and woodpigeons

Veggies are also usually attacked by the last two plus they have their own army of specialist invaders such as cabbage white butterfly caterpillars.  Don't worry though - regular inspection is the key and when you see something you don't recognise take a photo and post it here as we have our own 'home guard' of troops to advise you!

Pinks

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 20:20

Pinks are very easy to take cuttings (aka pipings) from.  Just cut off non-flowering shoots a few inches long, pull off the bottom 2/3rds of the leaves and plant a few around the edge of a pot in 50/50 grit/compost.  After a few weeks they should take root (some may dry up and die - remove those) and when you see roots appearing from the bottom of the pot you can separate and pot them individually, at which point nip the top out to encourage branching.  Do that every year and you will have a constant supply to replace the older plants when they become leggy and untidy.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 257
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1061
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 698
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 19    Views: 1258
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
Replies: 11    Views: 525
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 550
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
Replies: 9    Views: 1142
Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
Replies: 12    Views: 942
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 936
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 856
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 740
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: 626
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 1012
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 908
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1392
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
1 to 15 of 32 threads