Latest posts by BobTheGardener

New potatoes in tubs

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 10:25

I'd do 3 too.  Anya are very prolific with that wonderful taste of Pink Fir Apple (from which they were bred, together with Desiree) but without the knobbly bits!  One of my favourite dishes - a plate of hot anya and broad beans with lots of proper butter - Yum! 

Knotty weed. What is it?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:34

As Dove hinted, glyphosate will work but you'll need to spray and then wait for it to die down completely or the glyphosate won't get to the roots.  Unfortunately, there's no 'one hit wonder' for killing ground elder and some will reappear but if you keep at it you will eventually be rid of it.  I have successfully removed it completely from two areas in my garden although on one side it was coming in from a neighours garden so had a word with them and they allowed me to spray it on their side too.

to fill in cracks

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:25

For the sunny area you could try creeping thyme which doesn't mind being walked on occasionally.

Seed potatoes

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:22

Mine are all still chitting by a window in an unheated room and will go in at Easter.  I'll leave them where they are until then.  If you plant them now, just keep an eye on any leaves appearing above the soil.  If they do and there is a frost forecast you can either earth them up ensuring the leaves are buried beneath soil or protect them with newspaper/fleece etc.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:14

Mornin' all.  Just had 72 bags of manure & compost delivered on the front drive so I think that's my work for today sorted!   At least I'll fall asleep early tonight so shouldn't miss the hour when the clocks go forward but it will be great to have an hour in the garden every evening when I get home from work.

Last edited: 25 March 2017 09:15:12

Seed potatoes

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 18:47

Same as Hosta.  I chit all my potatoes regardless of whether they are earlies, 2nd or maincrop.  Always have a good crop so no reason to change.

Have I killed my leaf-curl infected nectarine trees?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:51

I agree with H-C.  Peaches & nectarines should be flowering anytime now (my peach is), the leaves come a bit later.  The bark test is definitive to check whether they are still alive or not.

Last edited: 24 March 2017 08:51:30

Pampas grass

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 21:41

It will be very difficult to move a mature pampas grass, Rosemary.  As well as the razor sharp leaves to contend with, they have very tough roots which will be difficult to dig out.  If you want to keep it, I would suggest taking some rooted divisions from the edge and planting those in the new spot instead of trying to move the beast wholesale.  They do need a fair bit of sun to produce the flower spikes.

Composted bark?

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 20:10

Composted bark contains very little in the way of nutrients but is a good long lasting mulch which will help to retain moisture and keep weeds down.  MPC will feed the soil but will disappear quickly, so not as good for mulching purposes.  If you want to feed the soil, I'd sprinkle on fish, blood and bone before putting down the composted bark.

Fertilising potted plum tree

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 21:06

Fertilisers come in all different strengths so it's impossible to give you an accurate answer without knowing exactly what you have bought.  There should be instructions on the pack though - don't be tempted to exceed the stated dose as you can easily do more harm than good. 

If it is fish, blood and bone, that is quite forgiving and I would sprinkle about an ounce (25g) onto a large pot of the type typically used for trees and gently work it into the surface.  Adding 2-3 cm of compost on top would do no harm, either.

If the dosage instructions are for an amount per square metre, dividing that by 3 or 4 would likely be about right.


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