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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fire ash

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 12:26

You can use wood ash from the logs on your garden but avoid using ash from coal as that can be harmful to the soil.  You should really put coal ash in your general waste bin and not into the compostable waste bin:


what is Mertus

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:27

Heh heh!  The one in front is a miniature fuchsia (Tom Thumb) and I'm just waiting for signs of new shoots before cutting it back.  Yes, south-facing there and a real sun-trap.

Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:23

Yeah, good excuse for some free grub Verdun!  Get them round again next Friday at 9.30am then, when it will really happen and make sure they all wear proper eclipse glasses (so you can pinch stuff from their plates without them noticing!)


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:16

Strawberries grown from seed will almost certainly not fruit in the first year - growing them from seed is a slow process and in year 2 they will be about as large as those bought as bare-root runners.  Strawberries bought as bare root runners and planted in Autumn might, if they are good-sized roots and those supplied in pots will almost definitely fruit in their first year.


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:07

I literally simply stuck gooseberry prunings in the ground and, like you, they all took!  Must be one of the easiest fruit to propagate that way.

what is Mertus

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:04

Hi primrose, this is mine which has only been planted about 18 months and has grown about 2 inches during that time:

 It was put there to eventually hide the damaged brickwork near the downpipe.

First Rockery

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 00:01

I would very carefully research each plant before you actually plant it, partcularly any of the spreading ones or anything described as groundcover.  Once you get something invasive growing in a rockery, it will be virtually impossible to eradicate it later.  I think the mixture sounds about right.  Personally, I think an ideal mixture would be 50% John Innes No3 (recommended for permanent plantings) and 50% grit, which avoids getting any weed seeds in with the soil.  However, that might be rather expensive for a large rockery, so 25% soil, 25% multi-purpose compost and 50% grit would be a good bet.

RIP Terry Pratchett

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 23:47

“No matter what she did with her hair it took about three minutes for it to tangle itself up again, like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Which, no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].”
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

RIP Terry.

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 22:11

It will be absolutely fine when used as directed on the packet.  Chucking a whole packet directly onto a worm, centipede or at a bird would be the only way I could see it harming them!

what is Mertus

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 18:56

Myrtle needs a sunny spot against a south-facing wall to do well in most of the UK and is slow-growing, judging from mine which is in the perfect spot.  It is an evergreen mediterranean shrub originally introduced by the Romans. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

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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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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Polytunnel growing 
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