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greenhouse thermometer

Posted: Yesterday at 19:39

Funnily enough I don't use my weather station in the greenhouse - for that I use a cheap max/min thermometer from wilko.   My weather station is primarily for my other hobby, astrophotography.   With just 4 clear nights since Christmas, I'll use anything I can to try and catch one or 20,000 pounds worth of equipment just sits there laughing at me!    Wrong country for astronomy I fear!

 

clematis pruning

Posted: Yesterday at 19:23

Young clematis (1-2 years old) should really all be cut back to about 30cm or the lowest pair of buds, regardless of which group they are.  This will result in much better plants in years to come.

Transplanting a rose

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 22:46

Verdun, I also always have to check that one!

Magnolia grandiflora

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 18:35

It might need a good feed then - sandy soils lose nutrients easily.  Try giving it a mulch with well-rotted farmyard manure - about 2 inches deep in a circle of about 6 feet diameter around the trunk would do it the world of good.  Don't let the manure touch the trunk.  It's best to grow trees with circle of grass and weed-free soil around the trunk if you aren't already doing that.  If you are already doing all of the right things then please post a few photo's (at least one close-up of both sides of a leaf) as we may be able to spot any diseases.

Transplanting a rose

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 18:24

Agree with Hostafan.  Might be worth dusting the roots with rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi while you have it out of the ground.  The tiny feeding roots will get some damage however careful you are and this will help them take in nutrients, especially while it grows new ones.

Large thread continuation

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 22:33

I agree with Steve, Nora.  It's particularly handy for mobile devices with small screens on which you need to scroll up quite a long way to get back to the top.  I suggested this on another forum (footy) I use and they initially said no, but a few weeks later it mysteriously happened!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 22:21

Overnight, Lizzie?  Slugs/snails are the most likely.

Out od date seeds

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 18:52

Yes, lettuce seeds are one of the longest lasting Hostafan.  Nice little list here:

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1999/4-2-1999/veggielife.html

 

Magnolia grandiflora

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 18:43

How old is it Rosemary, where do you have it planted and what sort of soil is it in?  They do need a bit of shelter from wind, so an open aspect is not ideal.

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 22:39

Same here - those show-off purple/blue little reticulas generally flower at the same time as snowdrops, I find.

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Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

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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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

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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