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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Help locating new greenhouse

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:32

Scots Pines will usually cast the least shade of common trees so it might be a case of choosing the least worst option.  I have always located my greenhouses N-S to get an even amount of sunlight to each side.  I also planted a dwarf apple tree near the South end which means there is lots of light early on the season when it is most needed but provides some shade in Summer when it is in full leaf, negating any need for artificial shading.  Works well.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 22:00

Hi Mark, Either now or in spring would be fine.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 21:58

Trees are best moved when dormant.  November to February is the usual time frame, providing you don't do it when the ground is frozen.

Recording the weather in your garden

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 16:19

I have one of these (link is a review site, not a sales one):

It's excellent and when connected to the PC I can look back at all weather readings from the day I bought it.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 15:56

Hi Mark, one reason it will be struggling is that it is competing with the grass underneath.  Grass takes up a lot of nutrients and water from the ground.  I'd advise removing the grass and any weeds from under the hedge so that the privet is effectively growing in a row of clear soil about 12-18" wide.  To further improve things, sprinkle some fish, blood and bone fertilizer on that soil and mulch it with a couple of inches of garden compost or well rotted farmyard manure.  Doing that will also help keep the grass and weeds from growing under the hedge.  Once the hedge is fully established after a couple more years, it will shade the ground underneath and you won't need to do this.

Another weed???

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:30

Yes it's commonly called Fat Hen - don't ever let one seed!


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:26

Also be aware that dahlia's are very promiscuous and plants grown from seed are rarely like the parent.  However it is great fun and you can end up with completely unique new plants and then propagate identical ones by taking cuttings from those you like.

heuchara problem

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:19

Thirded on VW!  I find the yellow & acid green ones do much better in my clay soil than most of the darker ones, if that's of any help.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:14

They are very temperamental Cutting Queen, especially the Group 2 types.  Commercially, cuttings are grown using bottom heat and automatic misting, so worth trying an electric propagator if you don't have one.  And/or taking lots of cuttings!

Layering is the most effective for most folk - just take a long stem which can reach the ground and nick the stem on one side at the point it is buried about 2 inches in the soil.  Sever from the mother plant when you are sure it has rooted.

Help with my Apple tree

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 22:51

With a young tree like that, it's all[about formative pruning to create a good shape and a strong tree at this stage.  One reason for doing this is that a large crop when too young will simply snap the branches (or even the main trunk!) so don't be too eager to let it crop heavily yet.  See here for pruning advice with helpful diagrams:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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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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