BobTheGardener


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Truffels or just fungi?

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:13

They look like truffles to me.  Try to find a mycology club near you - google 'mycology club' and add your nearest city.

Slimy Fungus on gravel

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:08

This may help Judy:


http://naturesnurtureblog.com/ttt-turn-baking-soda-into-washing-soda/


Look for 'soda ash' or 'sodium carbonate'.  If you can't find any, the link above tells you how to turn baking soda (widely available anywhere) into it.

crocus en masse

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:04

Agree with berghill - lift turf.  Bulb planters go too deep - crocuses only need to be about 5cm deep.

Killing Weeds

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:01

I suspect he meant sodium chlorate (sodium chloride is common salt.)  It was banned for garden use by the government in 2010.  Roundup works fine but use it in the spring when weeds start growing strongly and it will kill them right back to the roots.  Don't pull the weeds up until they are completely dead or the roots won't be killed.

Disturbing a newly planted Peony

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:52

I assume it's to protect against frost losgood.  To help with that you could put a couple of inches of compost or bark chippings over the top during the coldest part of winter which will protect the roots from freezing then carefully remove it once the hardest frosts have passed.

Disturbing a newly planted Peony

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:31

It won't have grown any roots in such a short period so you should be ok to dig it up and replant it.  Do as Nut says and replant it with the eyes facing upwards and no more than an inch below the surface.  They usually refuse to flower if planted too deep.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 21:56

Had an overgrown (10m long x 3m high & 1.5m thick) privet (well, privet, ivy, ash saplings and elder) hedge in the front garden removed and roots ground out today so have a new project.  Will probably build my own trellis to ensure strength rather than put up a fence and intend to replant with a mixture of more interesting shrubs and a few climbers.


I was getting too old to be balancing on step ladders while leaning over with the electric hedge trimmer and absolutely hated the job hence the hedge getting out of control (neighbour away for 9 months of the year so had to do their side too!)  Garden now looks 25% bigger and all of it will get full sun now.


20 x 50l bags of FYM on order to replenish the soil and currently poring over plant catalogues as I write.

Can Japanese plums survive UK winters?

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 15:47

Hi Glen, I have a very productive one called 'Lizzie' which does great in Leicestershire.  It is absolutely covered in blossom in spring and crops at the end of July.  I usually have to thin the crop otherwise the weight breaks off branches.

Mulching

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:17

Privet Hedge

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:16

Because they are young plants, it might just be the time of the year.  Privet often doesn't become fully evergreen until it is well established and a few years old.  A photo might help too, if you can post one?

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'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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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

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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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

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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