BobTheGardener


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When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:06

Hi Italiophile, I agree and grew Stupice last year as a back-up in case we had another rotten Summer in the UK.   I won't be bothering with that one again although, as Jim said, they were still better than the average supermarket ones!

FUNGI

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 11:46

I agree with landgirl;  Just remove the fruiting bodies whenever you see them and you (and the cat) will be fine.  That vast majority of poisonous fungi (and there are surprisingly few that will kill you, although most will give you an upset stomach) are shaped like toadstools and this is not one of them.    Fungi are a gardeners friend as they are just about the only things which break-down woody matter and release nutrients back into the soil for plants to use.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 11:38

It seems to grow quite happily behind a North-facing wall near me and gets almost no sun, so it'll probably be quite happy there.  Hopefully it will flower and those will brighten-up that shady bit.

Best companion plant for Strawberry's?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:48

I've grown strawberries from seed and it takes a long time - 2 years before first fruit, so if you want fruit this year, you need to buy potted strawberry plants (the larger the better.)  Bare root strawberry plants shouldn't be allowed to fruit until the second year.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:44

Hi Mrs Garden, it's common elderberry.  I'd just cut it off at the fence line.  Common elder often self-seeds from bird droppings.  It grows like mad and can become very large very quickly.

Metal in soil

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:41

I would contact the council and explain that you think the soil may be contaminated and see if they will test it for you.  If there are any heavy metals in the slag, it would be unsafe to eat vegetables grown there.

raised veggie beds

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:31

Almost everything except carrots and parsnips will love it!

Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:13

Think you might be right, nut.  Just googled and found some images with a slight stripe.

Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:11

Looks like a comfrey to me, possibly a cross between Hidcote blue and a wild one.  The leaves of Hidcote blue are only about 4 inches long compared to the wild one which can be 12 inches or more.  Love the stripes on the flowers - that makes it unique I think.

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:22

I've grown them for a few years in a cold greenhouse in central UK and they do quite well producing about 3kg per plant with some individual fruits up to about 3-400g.  They grow well outside in a good summer but, like any 'outdoor capable' tomato grown in the UK, in a poor wet summer they will produce a poor crop and likely get blight, so fingers crossed for decent weather this year!   Sue is right - due to the weight of the fruits they do need good support so make sure you tie them with a soft twine or similar material which won't cut into the stems.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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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!

Polytunnel growing 
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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

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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