Latest posts by BobTheGardener

replanting chilli

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:44

The best way to grow chillies is to pot them on to only slightly larger pots several times.  If you put a small plant into a big pot they tend to sulk or even die.  To tell if it's ready, gently tip it out of it's current pot using your fingers over the top of the compost and see if the roots have reached the edge of the pot.  If they have, it's ready to put into a pot one or two sizes bigger (eg from a 9cm to a 11cm diameter pot.)  Keep doing that every few weeks until the roots reach the sides of a 15cm pot, at which point it can go into it's final pot.

Ground Elder

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 20:36

Indeed elspeth, it's either one or the other.  What doesn't work is spraying then not waiting long enough and pulling/digging them up.  If the foliage is removed too quickly, the roots survive and it comes back (which it will do to some extent anyway, so several treatments with glyphosate are usually necessary.)  One needs to wait at least 3 weeks and probably best 5-6 weeks before removing the dead foliage after spraying which should ideally be done when it is growing strongly and flower buds are beginning to develop.

Acer Purchases Today (ID)

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 19:20

Lovely specimens, Torg.

Pest on nectarine

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:53

Rub off as many as you can RP as spraying isn't all that effective on the adults.  You can't use systemic insecticides (well, at least I wouldn't) on a fruit tree and those are the only sort which will be effective against adults.  Not only will the neonicatinoids get into the fruit but it will also affect bees and other pollinating insects which visit the flowers.  I had them all over my peach tree a few years ago and tackled it one branch at a time, scraping them off by hand.  It was hard work and took several days but did the trick.  If you really have to spray, I'd wait until the flowers have finished and would discard this year's fruit.

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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:24

A busy day for me too.  Weeded and top-dressed a dozen large pots of blueberries with ericaceous compost, pricked-out/potted-on about 5 dozen seedlings, did more veg plot preparation and a fair bit of watering.  Doesn't sound much now I've written it but I'm shattered again!

Plant ID Please

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:13

Thanks for the ID nut as I also have that one, which came in from next door under the fence.  I quite like it but find it pretty invasive - it's now covering a 3 x 2m area so will need dealing with at some point!  I've seen a couple of wrens nipping in and out of the 'forest' so it will stay until winter. 

Bees in pond sludge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 16:37

Just found this VS:

Is this Japanese Knotweed?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:46

No, it looks like bindweed (convolvulus arvensis) to me.  It's still a right pain to get rid of but is in a different league to JKW.

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Brownjng hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:27

Check that there are little buds beginning to grow on that particularly bare section as there could possibly be something else wrong if there isn't.  Trimming actually encourages growth on a healthy privet hedge so trimming won't cause issues by itself.  You could also feed the hedge (blood, fish and bone fertlizer sprinked near the roots is ideal) and, if your weather is anything like it is here, it could be a bit dry so a good watering might be a good idea.

Brownjng hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 11:51

Looks like privet to me so I'm certain that it will be fine and it will grow back pretty quickly now that spring is here.  A good tip for trimming hedges is to trim them slightly narrower at the top than at the base which helps light get to the lower parts, so bear that in mind when the next trim is needed.

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