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ROSES

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 14:02

Quick everybody run - Dove has her tickling stick out again!

Yep, farm yard manure bought in bags from a GC can be dug-in immediately as it has already been composted for you.  It's only the fresh stuff you need to be careful of.

A few plant I.D's please

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 13:52

As a general rule of thumb Jack, if you want to cut back a flowering shrub, it's best done immediately after flowering.  That's not always the case, so do ask/google if you aren't sure, but it's a good guide.  You'll pick-up lots of tips like that as you go on.  Another one is 'growth follows the knife' which means pruning things (especially in Winter or early Spring) tends to make shrubs and trees grow more vigorously.  

Clay soil

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 13:43

Hi Wendy, some excellent advice above - all I'll add is that if you also top-dress it every autumn with 2-3 inches of compost, it will improve as the years go by (with worms doing most of the hard work for you!)

Edit: Oops, aunty betty already said as much!

Curling leaves on Fuchsia

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:59

Agree with Dove - take a look under the leaves and see if there are any aphids.  Greenfly love overwintering on fuchsias kept under glass!  Indeed, when I zoom into the photo I can see some dead aphid husks..

Potatoes

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:40

I would also suspect lack of light John, but if it is getting full sun then it's possible your soil has an excess of nitrogen, in which case I suggest buying a soil testing kit to check it.  It's a bit harder to remove nitrogen than to add it, but there are two main ways:  Either grow some crops which use a lot of nitrogen (eg brassicas, sweetcorn, squash) or mix in some uncomposted material, such as sawdust which will take in nitrogen as it decomposes.  As you say your soil is now easy to cultivate, I would go for growing the nitrate-hungry crops for a season.

Houseplant Cyclamen

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:50

Hi Matt, I grow lots of Persicum (florist's cyclamen) from seed and once they stop producing flowers, I carry on watering them so that the leaves build up energy in the corms for a couple of months, then reduce watering until they go dormant.  I find that's usually about mid-July to August.  Then stop watering completely and leave them dry until about October when you can re-pot them into fresh compost.  They should then begin to grow again and should flower just before Christmas, continuing to flower until about the beginning of May.  You can vary these times quite a lot so that you get the flowers when you want them, but I like them to start at Christmas.

Whoops

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:06

That's one reason why it's recommended to plant them deep, Stacey.  That way there will (hopefully) be buds below the surface which can send up new stems.  Planting deeper than as supplied encourages them to produce a 'root crown', from which they can send up new shoots whenever they need or want to.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:35

Loving all of these photos!

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:42

Self-seeded wild ones:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39450.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Mixed crocuses:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39449.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

I-D please.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:26

The large leaves look much more like lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) than tulips to me.  That would also explain them coming up all over the garden as they can sometimes be invasive (although not for me - I have trouble keeping them alive

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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