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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Gardening Apps?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 22:13

I think there's a chance that this site will include some kind of journal feature soon, as well as better support for mobile devices, so fingers crossed! 

Goji Berries

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 19:10

Mine (also 2yo) are doing exactly the same Vegman, so would also be interested in hearing from anyone who has some fruit (or even flowers!)

Repotting Cyclamen

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 19:05

Yes, but don't water it again until the top of the compost is dry - they don't need much water until they have lots of leaves and the corms can rot if they get too much.  They are very easy to grow from seed so if you get any seed pods form, wait until they open naturally, pop the seeds on the surface of a pot of damp compost and cover with a thin layer of fine grit.  Takes a couple of years before they start flowering but good fun.

Plant ID

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:55

All I can say for definite without a photo Lou is that it will be a group 2 (early, large flowered) as it is having a second flush of flowers.  Those are pruned in early spring by starting from the tip and pruning back to the first pair of healthy-looking buds and again after the first flush of flowers.  Eventually they can get quite bare at the bottom and can be cut back hard to about a foot high which will encourage new shoots from low down or directly from the roots.  It's slightly risky, so if it has become really leggy, only cut back one of those 3 stems each year (again, in early spring.)  Here's the RHS pruning advice for group 2:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=346

 

 

what is this?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:39

Got that everywhere here.  Easy to pull-up though.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:13

Morning all.  Stacey - make sure you get rid of every last crocosomia bulb before you plant those agapanthus!  I made the mistake of growing them near to each other and now have part of a bed where they have completely intermingled.  Now neither flower well and as both of these plants have thuggish root behaviour, it impossible to remove the crocosomia and just leave the agapanthus (Headbourne H.) 

Only thing for it is to remove them both completely - no mean feat with 1 square metre of top growth - that means the agapanthus roots will cover twice that area!

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Yes they are lovely steamed KEF (not that I get to eat them often - don't really fancy them after being smothered in blackfly!)

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:01

Yes nut but can be a bit sharp!

Supposed to be very good for you - high in anti-oxidants.

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:29

Like most folk I normally nip out the tips of my broad beans at the first sign of blackfly aphids but decided to leave them this year as there were lots of ladybirds and their larvae on them.  This is the result after just one week:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52367.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

So, no more blackfly and lots more ladybirds for the future: a win-win situation!

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:15

The leaves look wrong for blackcurrent - I think it's a Ribes (flowering current.)

Here's a pic of the leaves on my Ribes Aureum:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52366.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

The berries are edible but usually not very nice.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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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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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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