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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

spindley thin tomato plants

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 19:02

You're not giving us much to go on, tom, but reasons for tall spindly tomato seedlings include:  Too much warmth after germination, not enough light, use of fertilizer too early in their life.  Are any of those a possibility?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:21

Not this one is it Dove?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41419.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

'Rip van Winkle'

 

Butterfly sightings 2014

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 20:12

Lots of peacocks and small tortoiseshells about this weekend - most I could count at one time (tricky when they're all over the shop) was 12 (mainly peacocks.)  Also a very large brimstone.

slugs

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 20:02

Hi Rob,  Slug ID guide here:

http://adlib.everysite.co.uk/adlib/defra/content.aspx?id=178456

Yours looks like a  grey field slug (aka Netted slug) to me.

tulip bulbs

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 14:25

Hi Marion, I have some yellow and some red which have been going since I moved here over 30 years ago but they are still in their nappies compared to yours!

Growing from seed

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 10:16

Hi little bee, I agree with the above.  It's important to remove the tops of propagator trays as soon as the seeds have germinated.  What I do is sow the seeds into the tray, water once from the bottom - as soon as the top of the compost starts to change colour they have had enough.  Put the top on and do no more watering until the seedlings show, then remove the top.  After that, water when the compost starts to dry out - I judge that by lifting the tray and feeling how heavy it is.

Carrots need direct sowing into their final growing position - they won't transplant well and even if they do survive being pricked-out, they will produce poor roots.  When carrot seedlings germinate, they send down a very thin but very long single root.  This becomes the carrot and it is virtually impossible to transplant them without damaging this root which can become 15cm long in a matter of days after germination.

Did you remember to turn your clocks back?

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 09:52

Is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:40

If I had a similar space, I'd probably go for one of those narrow, tall flowering cherries called Prunus Amanogawa.  Always wanted one!

Help - is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 15:38

See answer to your other identical question, Kelly.

Is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 15:34

It's a fir tree of some kind.  Unfortunately, the brown sections are dead and won't regrow fresh green growth.  If you follow the brown down and find there are green shoots below, cut the brown section off just above where the healthy growth is.  If you're very, very, lucky the green shoots may grow and cover the bare parts you have now revealed.  However, in the vast majority of cases, the tree will continue to die back, so seriously consider removing it and seeing this as an opportunity to plant something else.

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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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

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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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

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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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
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