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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

dahlia advise

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 18:07

If you can gently move the soil from around the old cut-off stems, you should see new shoots starting from very close to them - dahlias only shoot from there and never from the tubers themselves.  If no shoots yet, dig one up and check if the tubers are still hard or have rotted or been eaten by slugs.  Winter wet does more harm than anything to them, so if soil around the ones that aren't yet showing is soggier than those that are now appearing, you probably have your answer.

North, South, East or West Facing

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 18:01
Scott Edwards wrote (see)

Can I check that I have understood my garden's aspect - whether it is north, south, east or west facing! I  find this rather confusing.

Firstly, when I'm stood on my patio with my back to the house I am looking north. Does that mean my garden is a north-facing garden?

Secondly,  as I stand on the patio I have a cottage garden style border right in front of me as I look straight ahead (looking north). Does this mean that this border is south facing?

I'm all confused! Not sure whether I'm on my head or heels - Can you please clarify. After years of gardening I'm a bit embarrassed to ask this one!

Thanks 

You have it exactly right, Scott!

Planting under yew tree

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 23:27

There are vinca minor growing under yew trees on a steep, dry, north-facing bank beside a path I walk down on the way to work, so if anything is going to work those are a good bet.

What shrub is this>

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 21:03

Patsy, you've probably accidentally pressed 'ignore' when your cursor hovered over nutcutlet's avatar on another thread.  To fix that, go to Settings, Forum settings then Members I am ignoring.  If you see nut in there, click Remove next to her name.

help. brussels sprouts

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 18:59

If they look like the one in the following link, they are centipedes and are carnivores, so a gardeners friend as they eat lots of 'naughty' insects:

http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/wildlife/other-invertebrates/centipede.aspx

Otherwise, any chance of a photo?

Wisteria

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 18:45

That happened to one of mine moosie.  In my case it was Honey fungus and terminal.  If a plant is under stress, that often makes them flower in an attempt to reproduce.  Fingers crossed that you don't have HF in your garden!  What I'd do anyway is prune out the dead branches until you get back to live wood.  That should help if it is some other disease.

staking tomatoes

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:32

What I've done before is put 3 canes around the outside of a pot and tied them together at the top, like the sort of wigwam used for runner beans, then tied loops of twine around all 3 canes at various heights which gave enough support for the trusses of tomatoes.  Would something like that work for you?

Help!!! Attaching photos from an ipad?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:42

Cheers Chicky! 

staking tomatoes

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:34

Best not to risk damaging the roots by putting it next to the main stem.  You could slide the stake down the side of the container which would be less risky, or put up a horizontal support and tie lengths of soft twine to it, then wrap that around the stems.  As the plants grow taller, you just gently twirl the plant around the twine.  This sort of thing:

http://tonythegardener.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/winding-up-tomato-plants.html

 

Help!!! Attaching photos from an ipad?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:19

It might be something to do with which version of iOS an iPad is running.  One thing that could be worth trying is using a different web browser to the built-in one (called Safari.)  There are a few more listed here:

http://www.imore.com/best-alternative-web-browsers-ipad-google-chrome-dolphin-mercury-and-more

I seem to remember someone posting thread that said they managed to upload using the Puffin browser.

It would really help other folk if those who can upload using an iPad could tell the forum what version of iOS and browser they use, although that may be a bit too techie for many.

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

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