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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

How much stone to remove.

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:58

Small stones also help the soil to warm up faster (in scientific terms, they have a lower specific heat capacity than wet soil) as well as aiding drainage.  The only place you don't really want them is where you are growing carrots or parsnips as the roots will fork when they hit a stone on their way down.

bulb planting advice

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:48

Yes, bring them inside Beaus Mum and give them some tlc.  They originate from Mexico, so are rather "hot-blooded"!   The warmest spot with the most direct sunshine you can manage to find will give them the best chance of performing.  I honestly consider them more of an indoor bulb for your sunniest windowsill.

best front of border plant?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:35

Also don't forget to put in a bit of aubretia - lots of varieties around these days too.  Like Verdun mentions, I use a lot of heucheras now.

Weeds ?

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 21:48

Those look suspiciously like bindweed seedlings, but could be one of the cultivated forms of convolvulous - did you grow any last year?

growing berries in a raised bed

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 09:32

The main issue with raspberries is that they send runners in random directions so can pop-up anywhere within the bed.  However, you can just pull them up if they appear in (say) the middle of your gooseberry bush.  If you could put some kind of vertical barrier (eg weed control membrane) within the soil of the raised bed, you could perhaps section-off some of the bed and restrict the raspberries to that area.  A gooseberry bush will grow to about 1m x 1m and strawberries need about 30cm x 30cm each but you can often get away with a bit less in a raised bed.  Blackberries mainly need vertical growing space and most varieties need some support such as trellis to tie them in to.

It's my birthday

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 09:18

Happy birthday Mrs Punkdoc!

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:31

Hi SSP, Good advice from Verdun.

I grow a variety called 'Avalon Pride' which is very resistent to curl.  Some leaves still get affected, but very few - maybe a couple of dozen total.  It has just come into leaf and no sign of PLC at all yet:

It produces full-size lovely juicy peaches.

bulb planting advice

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:12

Hi rosemummy, I didn't soak them and used John Innes #2 compost.  I planted them at twice the depth as the height of the bulb (so imagine having two bulbs stacked on top of the bulb you are planting.)  That is how I plant all bulbs except tulips which I put much deeper.

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 08:53

Happy Birthday OL!

It's mine too, so double-doses of cake everyone!


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:44

Corydalis flexuosa "Purple Leaf":

 Young 'family' Pear tree:

 and a few Snakeshead fritilliaries:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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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