Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 13:48

The photo goes blurry when I try and zoom in.  Can you take a close up of the leaves and buds (if it has any)?

Apple Seed Help.

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:36

They really need to be planted permanently in the garden but you can keep them in large (50cm+) pots for a few years.  They will eventually blossom and produce apples but they might not be very big or nice to eat although the blackbirds will love them when they fall.   Bear in mind that they will grow into large trees, likely much bigger than a standard grafted tree.  You could try grafting scions (twigs) from an eating apple tree onto them and cut off the rest of the tree if those take.  However, grafting is an art and you would need to read up on it before trying that.  'Bud grafting' is the least difficult.

Damage to climbing rose new growth

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:29

Any muntlac deer in your locale?

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.

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Some kind of mint?

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Some things to do now 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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I thought these were philadelphus 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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