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First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:00

That's one of the advantages of raised beds, Fluffy Cloud.  The natural soil here is heavy clay so I know exactly what you are going through.  I've raised many of my borders or built new raised ones over the years.  The hardest part has been filling them with soil - it always takes far more than you imagine!

Viability of Collected Dahlia Seeds

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 19:11

I grow various types of dahlia every year, some from self-sown seeds and it can take a few weeks, so no need to worry just yet.

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:22

Edd -

Hesperis Matronalis, Sweet Rocket

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:18

My staple evening scented annuals are night scented stock (matthiola longipetala bicornis) and night phlox (zaluzianskya capensis.)  I prefer the white version of sweet rocket (hesperis matronalis alba), but it probably won't flower this year as others have said.  Once you have it established though, it will readily self-seed and sometimes mature plants will last for several years - some of mine are evergreen in mild winters.

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:09

I don't know which birds in Victoria's garden eat them artjack, but here it's robins and starlings (who go crazy for them!)

ADVICE ON PLANTING PLEASE

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:07

Yes, I'd also recommend burying the pots in the border like Dove said, so that the pot rim is slightly below soil level.  That way you get the best of both worlds and they'll be easy to lift when it's time to re-pot them. 

ADVICE ON PLANTING PLEASE

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:07

Good idea, gardening granny!  I think they'll probably be ok but it's always worth hedging your bets when it comes to pricking-out very young seedlings, whether they be agapanthus or anything else!  I do a similar thing with tomatoes - 2 seeds per module and if both germinate I prick one out while it is quite small and leave the other.  I always end-up with about 4 times as many plants as I have room for though!

Runner Beans

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:39

Central and south America (in the mountainous areas I believe), Bookertoo.  They've been cultivated for millennia there.

Runner Beans

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 19:28

Yes, but that would reduce their chances as soil contains a lot of things which could lead to their demise (fungal spores, slugs etc.)

Edit: only worth trying if they are still firm and show no sign of rot etc.  It takes a rare set of circumstances for them to survive here.

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 19:16

David, if you look at the exif data on your original, it will very likely identify the serial number of the camera used:

http://www.labnol.org/software/exif-data-editors/14210/

It is not unknown in my other hobby (astrophotography) for unscrupulous internet photo retailers to steal amateur astronomers' work and sell it as their own.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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