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Posted: 01/10/2017 at 12:08

plant #2 is a corn cockle seedhead I think, Papi.

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 21:26

I assumed the 'desert island' was meant in the usual sense of these things and not literally, so if I only had the choice of 3 tools to use in the garden I would choose a border fork, a hand trowel and secateurs as I use only those for 99% of my gardening work. 


Posted: 30/09/2017 at 21:20

It's the bonemeal not the blood (which mainly supplies nitrogen) which has the phosphorous.  Many vegetarians have no issue with consuming fish based products so if you fall into that category you could look for fish-bone meal which is available.

Last edited: 30 September 2017 21:21:11

Possible Disease on my tree

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 19:09

Likely Brown scale:

The adults never move once they attach themselves to the bark.  I've found physical removal with a stiff brush and/or plastic scraper to be the best initial approach on small trees.  A bucket of warm soapy water will help.

Last edited: 30 September 2017 19:09:55

Too propagate or not

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 14:11

Propagators are great for germinating seeds early but you must have somewhere else warm and with excellent light to grow the seeds on after removing them from the propagator.  Leaving them in there too long is the most common mistake and leads to tall etoliated seedlings which have little chance of survival and usually make poor plants.  I use those cheap long 'windowsill' module trays with a clear plastic cover  (from Wilco etc) for growing on and those go into the conservatory then greenhouse once it is warm enough.  Seeds are sown into the small 6-plant module trays which can then be removed from the propagator as soon as the variety in that particular tray has germinated, leaving the other small trays with different seeds in until they germinate.


Posted: 30/09/2017 at 13:59

Bonemeal or fish, blood and bone added to the soil before sowing is the easiest way of providing root crops like parsnips with enough phosphorous.  As far as supplemental liquid feeds go, comfrey 'tea' has as much as anything else and is good for just about anything.  It also has a significant amount of trace nutrients which the comfrey is able to pull from the subsoil due to its deep roots.

Plant (herb?) Identification

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 12:48

Feverfew leaves taken in small amounts are supposed to help with migrains - just a couple of leaves in a salad or sandwich is usually recommended.  

Plant (herb?) Identification

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 11:30

The one on the left looks like Michaelmas daisy (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.)  Not sure about the one on the right - any chance of a photo of the whole plant (always helps)?

Getting rid of unwanted Cornus Sanguinea

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 10:58

Wait until the new growth is quite lush then spray with SBK brushwood killer.  You will need to wait at least 6 weeks for the roots to be killed before removing it again.

Plant Identification

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 10:54

Datura stramonium (thorn apple):

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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