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Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:16

Strawberries grown from seed will almost certainly not fruit in the first year - growing them from seed is a slow process and in year 2 they will be about as large as those bought as bare-root runners.  Strawberries bought as bare root runners and planted in Autumn might, if they are good-sized roots and those supplied in pots will almost definitely fruit in their first year.


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:07

I literally simply stuck gooseberry prunings in the ground and, like you, they all took!  Must be one of the easiest fruit to propagate that way.

what is Mertus

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:04

Hi primrose, this is mine which has only been planted about 18 months and has grown about 2 inches during that time:

 It was put there to eventually hide the damaged brickwork near the downpipe.

First Rockery

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 00:01

I would very carefully research each plant before you actually plant it, partcularly any of the spreading ones or anything described as groundcover.  Once you get something invasive growing in a rockery, it will be virtually impossible to eradicate it later.  I think the mixture sounds about right.  Personally, I think an ideal mixture would be 50% John Innes No3 (recommended for permanent plantings) and 50% grit, which avoids getting any weed seeds in with the soil.  However, that might be rather expensive for a large rockery, so 25% soil, 25% multi-purpose compost and 50% grit would be a good bet.

RIP Terry Pratchett

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 23:47

“No matter what she did with her hair it took about three minutes for it to tangle itself up again, like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Which, no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].”
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

RIP Terry.

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 22:11

It will be absolutely fine when used as directed on the packet.  Chucking a whole packet directly onto a worm, centipede or at a bird would be the only way I could see it harming them!

what is Mertus

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 18:56

Myrtle needs a sunny spot against a south-facing wall to do well in most of the UK and is slow-growing, judging from mine which is in the perfect spot.  It is an evergreen mediterranean shrub originally introduced by the Romans. 

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 22:08

Oops, I missed a bit - I should have said 'on Thursday March 20th' - it's not this coming Thursday!  And even worse, it's a Friday - sorry about that!


The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 21:35

The Sun will have a real hat on at 9.30am on Thursday, in this case it will be the Moon - 90% of it will be covered as there's a partial eclipse, the first visible from the UK in 16 years.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast is for very heavy cloud, so all you will likely see is it going quite dark for several minutes but anyone lucky enough to miss the clouds is in for a treat!  I'm surprised the rags and social media hasn't picked-up on this yet.

Where do i start?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 18:11

Plan it all out (draw on paper) and tackle one small section at a time and do that small section well, is my advice.  That way you can see progress and not become disheartened, which can easily happen when weeds start growing back etc.  Personally, I would prepare the veg area first by digging it over and removing every bit of root you find.  Then mulch it with a good few inches of well-rotted farmyard manure (you can buy this bagged from garden centres these days, if you can't find any advertised in your local newspaper etc.)  As you want that at the far end, doing the hard work and carrying now will save you trampling over areas which you have already renovated.  After that I'd get the path in, which will help define the rest of the garden.  Curvy paths always work best in my experience in rectangular gardens.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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