Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Digging over soil

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 23:01

You can just lay a layer of compost on the top (known as mulching) and the worms will take it down into the soil for you.  This is the essence of 'no dig' gardening.

Can I dig in manure in winter and then lightly lime in spring

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:59

Yes.  As I'm sure you know (otherwise you wouldn't be asking) it's important not to fertilize and lime at the same time as the two react together and much of the nutrient value is lost.


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:47

I use sharp sand (the tonne bags from Wickes are salt free (and yes, I have tasted it!)) and have several size sieves so can grade it myself.  This is the cheapest method of getting it I could find.  I also do the same with bags of 10mm pea shingle which contains all sizes up to 10mm.  I get the sharp sand and pea shingle for making concrete so the grit comes as a nice by-product.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:06

Huge amount of shredding done.  Looking at the way things are still growing in the garden there will be another large amount needed in a few weeks!  Lots of weed pulling before they set seed and a lot of dead-heading of the dahlias which are putting on a magnificent show.

What is this tomato?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 18:32

If not, try Galena from Realseeds - it tastes lovely and is a great cropper as I mentioned above.  All the varieties available from Realseeds will come true (ie they are not F1 or F2 hybrids.)

Mystery plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:25

Well spotted Dove - Thorn apple it is!

Mystery plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:02

It looks like a wild cucumber vine (Echinocystis lobata) mayannekelly.  In some parts of the world (North America) it is a bit of a problem weed:

Could also be the one Dove mentioned (just seen the post.)

Last edited: 11 September 2016 16:03:52

What is this tomato?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:54

I wonder if the seed plants which the wholesale suppliers breed to distribute the seeds to retail merchants were accidentally crossed with a more dominant variety last year?  I've grown Galina which is a yellow Siberian cherry variety which crops until it gets frosted and is very vigorous so is a potential parent.

Last edited: 11 September 2016 15:55:36

Single plant in tub question

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:49

Like many clump-formers, these plants do tend to become less productive in the centre over time.  In the longer term, you would be better off by lifting and spliting them when growth starts again in the spring.  Replant sections from the outside and discard the woody old centres.

I want to create my first winter pot

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:40

Ren, you certianly need to drill some holes in the bottom of the whisky barrel if using it as a planter.  Eight to ten 10mm diameter holes would be enough.  Alternatively, it would make a pretty nice mini-water garden as it does hold water and you could (say) plant (just one) miniature water lily in it for instance.

As far as bulbs go, I always use minaiture varieties of narcissi in pots as the standard types usually flop and look horrible as they are finishing.  I also only use 3 different types of bulbs when layering - tulips at the lowest layer then narcissi and crocus for instance.  There are some beautiful varieties of crocus if you look around although many of the more unusual varieties don't last for me.  To be perfectly honest, I treat all bulbs in containers as annuals as tulips and many crocus don't come back well.  When I empty them, everything goes into the borders and what survives, survives, everything else turns into natural compost!

Last edited: 11 September 2016 15:41:40

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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