Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 14:31

My father grew his runners in the same trench for several decades and always had a wonderful crop, so nothing to worry about with your beans!

Rhubarb needs lots of richness in the soil and space - I would only grow one plant in a 1x1m bed.  I think you'd be better off leaving it where it is and giving it a large quantity of well-rotted manure, especially as moving it would mean you would need to wait a year before picking any and 2 years before fully cropping it.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:50

Exactly the same thing has just happened here Dove, an hour later than you.   Temp up to 7C now.

New pond

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 18:35

Looks like you are getting on well GD and glad you found a solution to the sharp rocks.  Your stonemason sounds like they really know what they are doing and has no doubt given you more confidence in going forward! 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 15:45

Hard frost the last couple of nights so ground is frozen down to about 2-3 inches and 4 inches of ice on a bucket of water I used to soak the bare-root roses a few days ago.  Had a couple of 'crunches' around the garden to spot bulbs coming up but unable to do much else.  I decided to count the pots of bulbs I planted to be used as 'fillers' when I spot bare areas in the borders and the totals was 56!  Also have roughly half that many potted shrubs ready to be planted in the spring.    

Seeds or cuttings for propagation?

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 18:38

I agree with Kitty.  It also means you may[1] get to have 'relations' with another of your species in order to produce offspring! 

[1] some plants are self-fertile of course.

Bare root Peony

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 18:27

We're saying pretty much the same thing lily.

How to keep Christmas Gift plants alive

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 18:25

Agree with Joyce about the cyclamen, assuming it is c. persicum, the type usually sold as houseplants.  You also need to rest them;  In mid to late July, stop watering them and allow most of the leaves to die down.  Put them outside in the shade protected from rain (pot placed on it's side by the side of a north-facing house wall is ideal.)  Around mid October, pull the corm out of the pot and remove all of the old dry compost from the roots.  Pot the corm into fresh compost leaving the top half of the corm exposed above the soil.  Use some grit to cover the surface of the compost around the sides of the corm.  Stand in water for half an hour and then don't water again until you see new growth.  This should give you flowers for next Christmas.

Bare root Peony

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 18:02

The first two look ok and I think will do well.  The last one I'd worry about a little due to the lack of obvious eyes (I believe I can see one) but think it will grow ok, just likely taking a year longer to produce flowers.  It is at least a fairly substantial crown and not a dead dried-up single piece of tuber which some suppliers seem happy to send!  Let's see what Sarah Raven say.

What material to use for raised veg box

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 21:19

Carol, all modern pressure treated wood is safe to use.  They used to use heavy metal compounds containing arsenic and copper but those processes were banned many years ago.  I use decking planks as it is good value and thick enough to bear the weight of wet soil (which is extremely heavy.)  I line the inside with used compost bags to help prevent wet soil being in contact with the wood (even treated wood will rot after a few years in such conditions.)  Some of my 'decking' raised beds are 10 years old and still going strong.

Mould/fungus on tulip bulbs

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 21:05

If they had just a bit of blue mould (which is actually a penicillin) on the outer skins they will likely be ok.  Any other sort of black or grey mould or anything affecting root plate or growing tip is bad news and they'll likely not come up.

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