Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Shady Slopes

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 11:59

Vinca minor (Lesser periwinkle) is another one which grows a bit lower.  I've seen it growing on a North-facing 45 degree slope underneath Yew trees so it can easily handle low light levels.  Both the periwinkles flower on and off all year round and help to stabilise the soil.  For a bit of colour in late winter, interplanting with groups of aconitum would look good.

Bleeding Cherry Tree

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 22:42

Fingers crossed Allspotz - sounds like it was borers and hopefully now dead ones!

Your opinion please......

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 22:35

I would plant them in the ground as that means less watering needed and it allows for taller plants.  The downside is that after a few years you will need to dig out the area inside the polytunnel where you have been growing things in the ground and replace the soil to replenish it and prevent diseases building up.  I do that about every 4 years in my greenhouse which has soil borders.


Posted: 29/03/2016 at 22:29

Yes, suitable for everything and is neutral in pH but contains no nutrients at all. 

Good idea to use it in the iron Tetley - we have hard water here so have to buy distilled for that or the iron furs up in no time.


Posted: 29/03/2016 at 17:15

Yes novice7, the water collected by those has been evaporated and condensed, so is effectively distilled water.

Help to identify some plants please

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 16:32

It's not a Japanese quince CR - I edited my reply while you were typing your reply.

Help to identify some plants please

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 16:24

I think 4 may be a quince if it has spike-like thorns.  This is probably the rootstock of a pear tree which was grafted on to it (pears often have 'Quince A' as a rootstock.)  As cambridgerose says, the rootstock has been allowed to grow when it sprouted a shoot.  If you want to keep the pear, you should cut the quince part off cleanly right where it starts at the bottom.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 15:52

Planted out a dozen Dierama I grew from seed which have been living in a coldframe for the best part of 3 years so decided it was time to reclaim the space!  Next out will be Chaenomeles (also from seed) and Philadelphus cuttings which have been mollycoddled for long enough now.

Pine chippings

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:41

Yes, once fully compotsted the chippings will become neutral and can then be used anywhere on your garden.  To accelerate the composting process, mix in a lot of soft green matter such as grass clippings.  You can also add diluted urine or a high-nitrate fertiliser such chicken manure/pellets.

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:36

Agree with the above.  You also need to remove the slabs around the base of the trees.  They all appear to be growing through the gap between slabs and as they grow they will be damaged by the trunk being restricted and then die or be blown down.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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