Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Multi-Stem Himalayan Birches "Droopy"

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 12:02

Your garden looks as though it is surrounded by tall trees so it could simply be that they are growing extra fast vertically and producing relatively soft growth in order to reach the light.  Staking them should do the trick and the wood will soon stiffen up.  I would avoid any feeds containing a lot of nitrogen as an excess of that will also promote rapid soft growth.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:05

Windy, rainy, shouty hairy tennis players (and that's just the women.)  Might get the chainsaw out to get my own back.

Plant or weed?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 21:46

You're doing exactly the right thing YG.  You could have some wonderful and/or expensive plants in there, so best to see out a whole season to find what you have before digging things out.


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:11

And when it gets too big you can just coppice it to the ground and start again - as you've found, they will always grow back no matter how much you hack at them!

Acer Koto no ito

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 00:11

They don't like wind, being waterlogged or early morning sun so best plant them (or place the pot) in a sheltered spot which is west-facing.  If planting in pots, use a John Innes #3 mixed with about 10%  ericaceous compost as they prefer a slightly acid soil.  If you grow them in a pot, raise it off the ground by using a pot stand or a few stones under it.

Can you have too many fruiting shrubs/trees?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 19:05

As above, you can't have too many!   Anything you don't eat or give away will be eaten by wildlife so you can't go wrong really.  I don't have a huge garden but have 4 apple trees (one a 'family' tree with 3 varieties and another with 2 varieties), two 'family' pears, one with 3 and the other with 2, 2 gooseberry bushes, 1 Worcesterberry, 1 Wineberry, 5 honeyberry, two edible cherry, 2 blackberry, 4 Goji, 1 Boysenberry, 1 lingonberry, 1 Jostaberry, about 15 blueberry, about 50 strawberry and about a dozen raspberry.  I'm sure I've forgotten a few others too!

Whats this at base of lilly?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 01:48

You may as well although it won't harm it if you don't as those root 'buds' won't develop without soil to grow into.

Butternut squash crop rotation

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 23:07

They don't grow tall but scramble along the ground for about 5 metres so won't shade anything out.  As much sun as possible.  You can actually grow squash in between sweetcorn, together with climbing beans - this is something American Indians did and is known as "3 sisters".  The roots of the beans provide extra nitrogen which helps the corn to grow and the squash leaves provide shade to the soil to help prevent it drying out.  The beans also intertwine between the corn and provide support against wind.  It definitely works and I've grown them like this several times over the years.

Last edited: 17 May 2016 23:09:15

How to move this fern

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 22:56

Remember they need quite a shady spot when you are deciding where to replant it.

Whats this at base of lilly?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 22:52

Yes, roots - lilies send out roots from the stem as it grows upwards from the bulb.  You should probably lift and plant it a bit deeper after it dies back and goes dormant. 

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