Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Mystery melon

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 17:03

Looks like it might be a new oriental hybrid melon called 'hybrid milky way'.  I can only find seeds available in the US:

Encouraging more root growth

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 16:39

I would add some perlite (up to 50% by volume) which will lighten the compost and promote better root growth.  The roots on pelargoniums are quite weak and will have trouble penetrating dense compost.


Posted: 07/01/2017 at 14:53

The anvil ones are stronger if you are cutting lots of thick, tough branches.  The blades on bypass types (especially the cheaper ones) can break or jam on this type of material if they twist while making a cut.  Having said that, I do prefer the bypass type for most work for the same reasons as topbird.

Forest flame

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 14:46

Sooty fungus grows on the sticky sugars which have fallen on leaves after being excreted by aphids feeding on foliage above, so get rid of the aphids and you'll remove the source of the problem.  Some scale insects also produce this 'honeydew' so check for those too if you can't see any aphids.

Last edited: 07 January 2017 14:47:21

What's that on my basil

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 23:36

As pansyface's link suggests, those look like scale insects to me.

I cant tell what Is wrong with my Dracaena

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 18:26

It does look over-watered to me.  I don't water mine until the top inch of compost is bone dry.  That rule can be applied to most house plants as over-watering is probably the biggest killer of them.  If that's a heater rather than an AC unit then the warm air won't be doing it any good either and I would move it if you can.

Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 22:52

Like Dove, I also have c. cirrhosa 'Freckles' and find it does well anywhere, even in my north-facing back garden on clay soil which is in a frost hollow.  I think it's a much hardier plant than 'Jingle Bells' so might be worth a try instead.  The only downside is that it can be rather rampant if left to it's own devices and tends to layer itself if allowed to trail on the ground (although that also means lots of free plants, of course!)


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 20:58

Anytime really aym as it is a slow release fertiliser so no real danger of it burning the plants or being washed away.  Just gently mix it into the surface of the soil beside the plants.  Stick the the recommened application amount per square metre though.

Planting grass seed

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:21

First thing will be to level it, otherwise mowing will be a bit of a nightmare.  Dig the area over, remove any large stones and any building debris (which you may well find on a new build, it's a very common issue.) Once roughly level, shuffle over the whole area wearing boots or wellies to re-compress the soil and then rake it level again.  I wouldn't do any of this until spring as wet clay will compact when walked upon and get worse, so keep an eye on the area over winter and note if any parts of it become waterlogged.  If they do, you'll need to dig deeper and add something to improve drainage, such as grit and compost.

Acer Griseum - can I plant in January?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:06

You can plant container grown trees at any time of the year as long as the ground isn't frozen, Matty.  If yours is ok, dig a hole about twice as big as the pot and add some well rotted manure, garden compost or fish-blood and bone applied as per packet and mix it with the extracted soil.  Remember to water it once a week even if it has rained as the rootball may not be able to take in water until new roots have grown out into the surrounding soil, which will take a few months.  Personally, I always sprinkle 'Rootgrow' (mycorrhizal fungi) on the roots of trees and shrubs before planting to help them establish well.

Last edited: 02 January 2017 17:08:54

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