BobTheGardener


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Trailer of top soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:48

Many suppliers sell it in 'tonne' bags aka builders bags which contain 1 cubic metre.  These are usually delivered by a large truck with a hydraulic crane built on to the back, or sometimes by a large van with a heavy duty trolley, so reasonable access is needed to your property. Google "topsoil tonne bags" and your town/city.

Poorly Pear Tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:02

Looks a bit like another case of Pear blister mite - see this thread:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/problem-identifying-and-treating-pear-disease/306221.html

 

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:57

Cheers Dove!

Compacted soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:27

Hi Sharpie, using a rotavator could damage the roots of your shrubs etc, some of which are very shallow rooted.  The long-term answer is to mulch your borders with a few inches of compost at least once a year.  Doing this will help keep weeds down and will encourage worms to come to the surface and pull the compost down into the soil.  In effect you are getting the worms to do the digging for you.  For now I would break up the surface as best you can by forking over then lay a good 4 inches of compost over the dug areas, working your way along the border.

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:20

Hi all, after just checking my delphiniums, I noticed several growing tips had leaves which had been tied into distorted shapes by the silk of small caterpillars of the Delphinium moth, so I recommend you check yours asap.  These caterpillars will eat the flower shoots while they are small resulting in no blooms.  The easiest way to deal with them is to squash the distorted area between thumb and fingers - if you feel a slight .'pop', that's one caterpillar dealt with!  These pests overwinter inside the hollow stems, so best cut those to the ground at the end of the season.  Despite doing this last year, they have appeared again so vigilance is probably the best answer.

Problem identifying and treating pear disease

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:40

I hope you find something which works, Mario.  If you have any success, it would be helpful to other members if you can post back your results.  There was another thread recently suspecting this disease and I wonder if the mild Winter we had means many more of the mites have survived than is normally the case.

What's eaten my brocollii, cabbage and cauli

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:32

That looks very much like woodpigeon damage to me.  Do you have those in your area?  If so, the only prevention is netting.  Without nets, they have devastated my brassicas in the past.

Front Garden

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:37

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is a great evergreen groundcover which has violet/blue flowers which appear for much of the year and tolerates any conditions.  You could use that to cover the whole area and grow a few taller plants through it.

http://www.victoriananursery.co.uk/Periwinkle_Lesser/

 

Irregular tumbled bluestone

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:20

Blue slate might be the nearest stuff in the UK.  There are slate quarries in Cornwall which may be able to supply irregular sized pieces (commonly known as crazy paving in the UK.)

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:05

Like nutcutlet, when I took over 'temporary stewardship' of this once overgrown patch, there was one growing in a corner, so I looked after it, having a penchant for wild flowers.  Now I find it everywhere, despite always disposing of the red spikes of seeds before they went soft and start to fall.  Like celandine, once you have this, you have it forever!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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