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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 19:07

Hi Perki, my garden isn't that big but this year I need to replace the soil in the borders in my greenhouse (takes about 20 bags), and re-invigorate my three 5x2m veg beds with the farm yard manure.  I'm also raising a couple of my flower borders by about 6 inches (I garden on clay which just keeps 'eating' all of the top dessing I keep putting on.)  I also have a ton of containers.  All I can guarantee is that I'll still run out of compost at some point later in the year!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 18:47

Had 72 bags of compost and FYM delivered today.  Unfortunately the pallet (which was stacked 6ft tall) was left in the road rather than put on my drive, so I have just got in after moving the lot..  I'll certainly sleep well tonight, but whether I can get up tomorrow morning is another matter!

strawberry bare roots

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:28

I've not used flower pouches for strawberries, but have grown them in hanging baskets.  The main hassle is keeping them watered - they are thirsty plants.  The upside is that the fruit is kept away from slugs and the ground, so you will lose less to pests and rotting. 

Curious bulbous thing

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:41

What's the large onion-like bulb to the right?  It could be a set from that - many alliums produce small bulbs at the top father flowering instead of seeds.  When the stem falls, they take root.

strawberry bare roots

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:34

Strawberries are completely hardy so can go outside.  However, growing them under glass at this time of year will give you a slightly earlier crop.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:04

Pretty sure uploading anything other than photo's doesn't work Paul.  Try uploading to Youtube or similar then post the link.

Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:31

Dogwood!  Woof woof! 

Sorry, couldn't resist it!

rosemary

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:28

Hi nellie, you really need to wait until late April or May before taking cuttings.  You need the fresh new shoots as rosemary probably won't root from old wood.  There are details of how to do it in the 'How to' section:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/herbs/how-to-take-rosemary-cuttings/283.html

The old bush may or may not survive being transplanted into a pot (I wouldn't give it much chance to be honest), so I would wait until you have rooted a few cuttings before risking it.

Blind Bulbs.

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:01

What sort of bulbs, butterfly6?  All bulbs only flower when they have built themselves up enough, so your problem may be lack of nutrients, especially if they have been in the same soil in the pot for sevral years.  Lack of watering when the flowers have bloomed can also be an issue - they need feeding and watering after flowering until the leaves die down naturally, as it is those leaves which build the bulb up for the next year.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 19:55

The Goldfinches went awol here for a while but between 4 and 6 have been hammering the sunflower seed feeders today.

Lovely birds - I always think they look very exotic compared to most of the species usually seen in the UK.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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New trees 
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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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