BobTheGardener


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what is this?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 23:37

Looks like a Euphorbia of some kind, not sure which one though, maybe lathyris?

Pumpkins in pots

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 23:10

Hi sunnysarah, there is a compact F1 variety I grow called 'Summer Ball' which produces lots of tasty small yellow pumpkins (up to 6" diameter) which can also be picked young and used as courgettes.  It's a prolific cropper.  I've not tried it in a pot but as it doesn't produce long trailing vines and all of the fruit come from the short centre stem I think it would grow ok in a large pot (say 15" diameter or more.)  T&M and Suttons (amongst others) have seeds for this one.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:24

Got the seedlings transplanted which are now sitting in the heated bench for a few days while the overnight temps are forecast to be dodgy.  About 10 varieties of tomato, 2 types of chilli, 4 types of pepper and 'showpiece' and 'giant' dahlias:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40015.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Still plenty to go though:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40016.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40017.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40018.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

and I've 2/3rds of my seeds still to sow!

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:32

Hi Loganberry, blackbirds build a new nest each time they raise a brood, so they will be about somewhere and I'm sure they know where the good pickings are when it comes to feeding the babies, so they'll be back visiting you.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ashplorers/news/2010/2/

 

Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:40

I recommend using a layer of landscape fabric on top of the weed control fabric as the latter can be fairly easily pierced by sharp gravel etc and the woven landscape stuff will protect it from that.  It won't cost a lot more but will ensure the areas stay weed-free for many more years than weed fabric alone.

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:32

Getting through about 1.5 litres of bird seed a day now - the two 25kg sacks (mixed &  sunflower hearts) I bought a few weeks ago are now half empty!   Making new baby birdies is obviously using a lot of energy!  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:26

Morning all.  Lots of seedlings to pot up and transfer to the conservatory today (toms, peppers, chillies and dahlias.)  Really need to start preparing the spud plot too which still has nets from last year's brassicas covering it but that requires extra clothing as I'm a bit nesh myself today!  

Garden lighting.

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 18:54

Just a reminder that artificial light of any kind at night is a form of pollution and is bad for wildlife.  Sorry if I sound like a damp squib but this is something I feel strongly about and the facts are not as well known as they should be:

http://www.darksky.org/assets/documents/PG2-wildlife-bw.pdf

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=artificial+light+at+night+bad+for+wildlife

 

 

Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 00:23

I wouldn't bother with the vermiculite in the raised bed.  Together with all of the other ingredients you mention it would make for a very light weight growing medium making it difficult to grow many vegetables, especially brassicas.  I would suggest that 800l of good quality topsoil (or the pre-mixed topsoil/mushroom compost you mention) and 100l of composted farm yard manure (as supplied in bags by garden centres etc) would make a good basic soil suitable for the majority of vegetables.

Agapathus

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:29

Keeping young agapanthus plants in pots for at least the first few years will get them flowering quicker.  I grow Headbourne Hybrids (from seed and then from self-produced seed) and they are as tough as old boots, but they do usually lose all top growth in the Winter.  One of them doesn't though - natural variation (they are hybrids after all.)  Whether they are evergreen or not depends on where you are.  Once they become large plants and are planted into borders, do be aware that they can be quite thuggish with thick fleshy roots which reach far beyond the top growth and can 'mug' nearby plants.  I have removed some of my larger ones because of this and now recommend they are grown in pots unless you have a large garden and can let them do their thing.

Having said that, there are a lot of other cultivars - take a look at Woottens who carry a large range and have good descriptions.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

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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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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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Oops!

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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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