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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What are these infiltrators?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 12:29

I'm pretty sure that is Black Bryony, a wild plant which I also have growing in part of my garden.  It has lovely glossy heart-shaped leaves and stunning berries later in the year.  It is a member of the yam family and grows from a large underground root.  It can overwhelm shrubs and small trees if allowed to grow through them, so I give it a large cane to grow up.

http://www.jeremybartlett.co.uk/2012/02/07/black-bryony-tamus-communis/

http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/B/Bryony(Black)/Bryony(Black).htm

 

 

crocus for plug plants?

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:10

Crocus plugs are usually ok.  The best thing to do with plugs is to plant them into small pots using multi-purpose compost as soon as they arrive - I usually use 7cm square ones from Wilko.  It's important not to leave them as plugs for any length of time as they have been grown in special conditions and won't survive long if not given some TLC.  Grow them in the small pots for at least a couple of weeks before finally planting out into their final pots or containers etc.

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 11:20

From my experience, Lily of the valley has no 'mid ground';  It either won't establish and dies on you or decides to invade your garden taking no prisoners!  A bit like an awkward child really - you either can't get them into their bed at night or can't get them out of it in the morning!

Weeds!

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:03

My money is on the couch grass which nut suggested.  Gently dig down on one and see if the blade is connected to a horizontal white/brown root to confirm.  If so, you need to carefully remove all of that although spot treatment of the blades with glyphosate sometimes kills it.  If you break the root whilst cultivating the soil, each piece grows - it's almost as bad as bindweed in that way.

Food for blooms

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 20:49

For flowers (and fruit), you want a fertiliser with more Potassium (the K in NPK.)  Choose a general fertiliser with a quoted NPK (actually N:P:K) ratio of, say, 5:5:15 or similar.  Tomato feed is an easily available example.  If you are growing in the ground and have prepared the soil well by using manure or home made compost before planting, additional fertiliser is usually not needed, but growing in pots benefits after about 6 weeks as the fertiliser incorporated into multi-purpose compost is usually exhausted by then.  See the RHS advice to learn more about fertilisers, here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=304

 

Buddleias

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:49

Take some cuttings from the bits that look OK.  A few weeks ago I simply pulled a few bits off of a variegated one I often walk by, stuck them in my coat pocket and planted in a 50/50 mix of grit and compost when I got home.  2 out of three have now rooted. 

New garden help identifying plants please!

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:43

1) ? possibly mahonia

2) Green alkanet (weed)

3) probably comfrey (useful weed)

4) & 5) young alkanet or comfrey or foxglove from self sown seed

6) might be self-sown love-in-a-mist

7) clover (the 3-lobed leaves) and possibly catnip seedlings

8) poppy seedlings (probably self-sown again)

9) likely bluebells

Not 100% sure of everything above though!

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:41

Sorry Matty, I did know but forgot!

Pinching Tomatoes

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:30

Yes, never pinch-out the main growing tip until the plants have reached the maximum height you want them to grow to.  If you accidentally break off the main shoot tip, leave just one side shoot and this will take over and become the new main stem. 

Honeysuckle losing leaves

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:22

All 'evergreen' plants lose their leaves, it's just that we rarely notice.  I think Hostafan's analysis is very likely spot-on and there's nothing to worry about.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

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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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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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

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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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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