Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pine chippings

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:41

Yes, once fully compotsted the chippings will become neutral and can then be used anywhere on your garden.  To accelerate the composting process, mix in a lot of soft green matter such as grass clippings.  You can also add diluted urine or a high-nitrate fertiliser such chicken manure/pellets.

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:36

Agree with the above.  You also need to remove the slabs around the base of the trees.  They all appear to be growing through the gap between slabs and as they grow they will be damaged by the trunk being restricted and then die or be blown down.


Posted: 29/03/2016 at 12:14

Coal ash can contain high levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, so I would not grow vegetables in any areas which had ash spread on them.  It might be worth getting the soil tested for contamination - your local council should be able to advise on how to go about that.  I wouldn't partcularly worry about growing ornamental plants and shrubs though as you aren't going to eat those.

plant ID

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:55

The second one looks like the flowerimg spike of an ice plant (Sedum spectable) which has been cut and placed into a tub of compost.  They look like this when on the plant:


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 18:25

Everywhere saturated after last night's storm but ventured out into the rain and found a tray of aquilegia seedlings I'd sown last year and had forgotten about.  All now potted-on as they were still a bit too small to plant out.  Of the aquilegia I potted into 9cm pots last autumn, only half of those survived the winter but the neglected ones in the seed tray were fine..

Blue skies and lovely now, just as the sun is going down of course!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 20:36

More seeds sown (have to wait in the midlands as winters are colder than nearer the coast) but did some preparing of the veg plot and had a little helper following me around all day:


Tiger Bean

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 18:18

More on this dwarf french bean:

Seeds are up!

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:07

Started tomatoes, sweet peppers and chillies last weekend on my heated bench and most toms were up after 3-4 days as expected.  I was a bit surprised to find about half of the peppers and chillies had also germinated when I inspected yesterday!  

Limiting myself to just ten varieties of toms (twenty last year) though so I have room to grow some aubergines (which are also now appearing.)

Love germination time!


Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:00

I find they are all relatively short lived and usually get 3-5 years out of plant before they go toes-up.  'Blazing Sunset' is also my favourite and some of those are still going after about 8 years.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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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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