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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:23

Funny you should ask as I did that very thing about 2 hours ago!  My sedum gets far too tall (80cm) and flops over other plants making a mess, so after reading about using the 'Chelsea chop' on sedums last year (in this very forum) I decided to give it a go today as it was already 40cm high and looking as though it was going for the full metre this year!  I don't think it will do any harm doing it a few weeks early, especially given the mild Winter and so early start it got this year.  

Anyone planted out their sweet pea seedlings?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:19

Just planted a dozen 'Blue Velvet' out in a largish container (60cm dia, 40cm deep) with mixed garden soil & MP compost.  Pinched out a month ago and now bushy and about 20cm tall.  I love blue sweet peas!

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:10

I agree with Beech.  When kept trimmed back like that they hold the dead leaves over Winter which makes them a useful deciduous hedging tree which still provides privacy.  There are a couple of Beech hedges on my way to work - I'll have a look tomorrow and see if they've started back into growth yet;  I think they are a bit of a late starter.

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 12:00

I used the 'snipping tool' in Windows 7, nut, which is in 'Accessories' in the Programs menu.  It allows you to select an area of screen which it captures to a file.  I had to resize the image though as my first attempt came out very small.  I used a free image editor called 'Irfanview' to do that and add the red circle.

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:43

 Hi Justine, it should appear when you click 'submit reply' or start a new post.  It doesn't work on phones though - you need a PC or laptop etc.  Here's an image of what it looks like:




Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:35

I agree with paull2.  The medium range forecast says we could have night temps dropping to as low as 1C from next Friday for at least a week so be wary about leaving chilies, peppers and tomatoes unprotected in an unheated greenhouse overnight.

Help,peach tree trouble

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 15:16

Yes, looks like a pretty bad case although there are plenty of healthy leaves.  Try picking off all affected leaves and see how it goes.  If you decide to replace it, I can recommend Avalon Pride which is very resistant.  A few leaves do become affected on mine, but only a dozen or so each year and I just remove them as soon as I see them.  It's a good cropper of full-size peaches.  Mine came on Mont Clare rootstock and is now about 2m x 2m after 8 years, so relatively small for a peach tree.

Lifted onion sets

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 15:06

I do exactly the same as Colin but use standard modules.  Since starting sets off this way in the GH, I've always had good crops and no problem with birds pulling them up.

Tree Growth

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:00

That looks a pretty good shape to me and it will start showing new shoots soon (it's a bit early for them to appear yet on an olive grown outside in the UK.)  Have a look at the RHS advice on growing and pruning olive trees:



Posted: 26/04/2014 at 13:56

They do need a year or three to settle in and start cropping well.  In the first year or two you want to encourage them to grow new strong stems, preferably from the base (snip off any weak, spindly growth.)  Feed them with a proprietary ericaceous liquid feed every few weeks and you should be fine next year.  If you can get any ericaceous bark chippings or similar mulch, they do appreciate a layer of that on top of the compost as they have lots of roots near the surface and this helps to protect them from drying out.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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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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