BobTheGardener


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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:57

Finally got the tomatoes planted in the greenhouse - 24 in all.  It took ages as I had to keep ferrying other things around - you know the drill!  Repotted lots of sweet peppers and chillies into slightly larger pots - I find they do far better if potted on 2-3 times before going into their final one.  Pulled-up most of the forget-me-nots before they go to seed.  Did lots of weeding.  Garden is quickly turning into a jungle - everything is growing so fast now!


Also spotted a Pied Wagtail on top of the runner bean frame, the first time I have ever seen one anywhere!

Ericaceous Soil Waterlogged

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 17:29

Yes, that would be OK I should think Helen.  It might be an idea to add some multi-purpose compost to lighten it up while you are mixing the grit in.  Soil-based composts are on the heavy side.

Ericaceous Soil Waterlogged

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 16:31

I agree, repot and mix in some grit or even composted bark.  Some ericaceous composts are a bit heavy and hold too much water which can cause roots to rot.  I lost a blueberry like that a few years ago.

Blueberry and goji berry

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 16:23

The blueberry sounds fine - just keep repotting using ericaceous compost as it grows and finally into a 50 or 60cm pot for its permanent home.  I have Goji berries planted into the ground and they are about 4 years old now.  They finally flowered last year but no fruit set.  I've read that they need poor soil to fruit and think mine may be too rich (it's improved clay) so may give up on them if no fruit forms this year.  I would also like to hear from anyone who is successfully growing Goji.

Deformed Cherries

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 15:01

Looks remarkably like a disease which affect plums called 'pocket plum'.  There is a variety of this fungus (Taphrina padi) which affects bird cherry but I've not heard of it affecting sweet cherries.

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Identify these and what to do with them!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:43

Paul, you'll need to take a photo of each individual shrub in order to identify them.

What shall I grow in this pot?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:54

Because of the bulging shape of the pot, just make sure you don't plant a tree or shrub which will need repotting some time in the future as you will never get the rootball out without damaging the roots or breaking the pot.  I know someone who planted an expensive Japanese acer in one and had to break the pot to get it out.

Another plant Id please.

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:38

And if not, might be Michaelmas daisy - mine look extact like that at the moment..

Multi-Stem Himalayan Birches "Droopy"

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 12:02

Your garden looks as though it is surrounded by tall trees so it could simply be that they are growing extra fast vertically and producing relatively soft growth in order to reach the light.  Staking them should do the trick and the wood will soon stiffen up.  I would avoid any feeds containing a lot of nitrogen as an excess of that will also promote rapid soft growth.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:05

Windy, rainy, shouty hairy tennis players (and that's just the women.)  Might get the chainsaw out to get my own back.

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