BobTheGardener


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Runner bean root disease?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:48

Normal - that's how they grow.  Runners need lots of organic matter and many growers make trench at least a foot deep in autumn and throw all of their vegetable waste into it, as well as shredded newspaper, cardboard and home made compost.  All of that stuff helps retain water which they need lots of.  You can't really over-water them but lack of water will result in a poor crop with many flowers dropping before they get pollinated by bees (which is 100% essential.)

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:35

It should work fine scroggin.  I've not grown them for a few years but pretty sure I also started them in modules last time.

pretty soil

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 23:39

If sowing seeds, top-dress with the MPC and sow into that using the same depth as recommended on the seed packet.  Don't sow the seeds then top-dress as that will prevent them from germinating (top-dressing acts as a weed seed suppressant, so would also suppress your annual seeds.)

pretty soil

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 22:17

That lovely dark, crumbly, fine texture will only come with time, Loganberry.  Eventually, even the lumpiest clay will end up looking good.  If you top-dress with a couple of inches of MPC every spring (I use the cheapest available), you can cheat while the worms do the business for you beneath the surface.

Raised veg beds next to hedge

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:54

Hi Melanie, Depending on the depth of your raised beds, you could line the bottom of them with weed suppressing membrane which will prevent the roots of the hedge growing upwards into the beds (which is the main problem.)  If your beds are 30cm or deeper there will still be plenty of soil depth for the vast majority of veg., before their roots reach the membrane.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:37

This thread reminded me of a photo I took in 2006.  This particular blackbird appeared whenever I was in the garden and came within a few feet when I was digging.  You can see the reason in the beak!

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38779.jpg?width=350

  Edit: just found another:
http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38780.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:00

That's one of the advantages of raised beds, Fluffy Cloud.  The natural soil here is heavy clay so I know exactly what you are going through.  I've raised many of my borders or built new raised ones over the years.  The hardest part has been filling them with soil - it always takes far more than you imagine!

Viability of Collected Dahlia Seeds

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 19:11

I grow various types of dahlia every year, some from self-sown seeds and it can take a few weeks, so no need to worry just yet.

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:22

Edd -

Hesperis Matronalis, Sweet Rocket

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:18

My staple evening scented annuals are night scented stock (matthiola longipetala bicornis) and night phlox (zaluzianskya capensis.)  I prefer the white version of sweet rocket (hesperis matronalis alba), but it probably won't flower this year as others have said.  Once you have it established though, it will readily self-seed and sometimes mature plants will last for several years - some of mine are evergreen in mild winters.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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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!

Polytunnel growing 
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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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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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