Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Old verbena bonariensis

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 10:47

Cut them back to ground level - if the roots are still alive they will shoot.  If not, you will have to hope they seeded as you say.  You might have to wait a while for them to germinate though.

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 10:32

LG, I like the pond idea and the stepover is looking good.

Wonky, I seem to have been 'accidentally' collecting peonies (some came with offers) - just counted and have 11 in pots so some of those will have to go in there!  Also have a dozen roses in pots, an assortment of potted shrubs including weigela, cornus, deutzia and potentilla which have been sitting around for over a year plus a couple of integrifolia clematis.  Also lots of potted spring and summer bulbs which I never managed to find room for elsewhere earlier in the year.

In fact I've more than twice as many plants as I need so will probably revamp another border too (if I can find the time and energy!)

Blueberry leaves going brown

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 23:41

Depending on the variety, it could either be that they are deciduous types (the majority) which have been grown in artificial conditions and are now losing the older leaves now they are in the real world, or they are evergreen types which lose many of their leaves at this time of the year as they are replaced by new ones.  Either way, the new growth looks healthy and there are clearly plenty of buds on the stems so I would say you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

However, I dfo think you are probably watering them too often and would cut down and only water them when the surface of the compost begins to dry out.  Blueberries like damp but not waterlogged soil.  Always use rainwater as tap water can be alkaline which they won't like at all.

I'm also assuming these are outside.  They should not be grown indoors or under cover as they won't appreciate the dry air and heat;  They are hardy outdoor plants and need a cold season to grow and fruit properly.

Squirrel terrorising my fruit trees

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:09

Kania 2000 is all I will say.

Gas heater in GH

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:07

Gas or paraffin will always create condensation as it's a product of burning hydrocarbons (the other being mainly carbon dioxide.)  The only thing you can do is ventilate.  The best way to heat a GH is by a temperature controlled electric fan heater but that means having a supply to the GH of course which isn't always easy.

Honey fungus

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 20:23

Snap, nut!

Honey fungus

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 20:22

If it was present, I'd expect to see black bootlace-like strands in the soil (rhizomorphs) and in between the bark and heartwood of the stump.  If you didn't see anything like that, there's a fair chance it was a mis-diagnosis.  Have you lost any other woody plants and shrubs in the general area?

Honey fungus

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 18:40

This factsheet contains lists of susceptible, resistant and immune plants, trees and shrubs:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 22:24

Absolutely lovely day and did so many things that I can't remember them all but am certainly worn out!  Things I can remember are removing all of the old compost from my greenhouse borders and putting it on the veg plot after clearing that of weeds.  Lots of pricking out seedlings including several dozen each of lobelia, antirrhinum & petunia, planting 2 clematis and repotting 2 more, potting on lots of strawberry runners and planting out lots of perennials which were overwintered in the GH and cold frame. Phew!

Was surprised at how hot the sun was, or maybe it was the effect of carrying several dozen bags bags of compost and manure around?!

Digging up a dead plum tree

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 20:27

When you cut the top off, leave a good length of main trunk to use as leverage to help in getting the roots out.

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