BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Which plant or Veg are you?

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 14:41

Butternut squash.  Not particularly exciting to look at but a heart of gold and contain a bit of everything vital to life!

Beige patches on Origanum Vulgare

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 14:34

Could be a miner but probably more likely a sap-sucker like thrips or flea beetles Rachel.  Removing the affected leaves is all you can really do but it is only minor cosmetic damage.  These things rarely cause a serious problem.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 13:00

Melon mayhem:


I think I'd better pinch them out while I can still get in there!

Plant I.D.

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:45

Install an ad blocker on your browser and the site works fine.  See my reply on this thread:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/help/754604.html

 

plant ID please!

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:43

Daniel, install an adblocker on your browser and the site works fine.  See my reply on this thread:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/help/754604.html

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 13:38

Lily and everyone else who is having trouble, you need to install an adblocker on your web browser as it is the adverts which cause these issues.  If you don't know how to do that look at my answer in this post:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/help/754604.html

or ask a friend who knows about "computery things" to help you install one. 

 

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 12:35

I find things work best if you keep the actual file size under 1MB.  The two ways of doing that are to use a different jpeg compression level (better photo editors let you control when you save the images) and/or resize the images but doing that reduces the degree we can zoom-in to a posted photo.  For a free solution which works great in Windows, try Irfanview: http://www.irfanview.com/

When you use Save As, there is a simple slider to change the jpeg compression level (labelled "Save quality.")

This is a 3072x2304 image saved at level 70 which produces a file size of 987KB:


 As you can see, it's possible to zoom right in to the flowers.

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:28

Hedgehogs as they are the only one which are a real benefit to my garden and cause no damage.  No noticeable damage from aquatic mammals though, I must admit!

Honey fungus

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:18

I also live with HF and agree with much of the above although I would recommend the removal of the stump if you can as armillaria cannot survive without a 'home base' of rotting wood or an infected woody host plant.  Regular cultivation of the soil in affected areas will break-up the rhizomorphs which spread the disease and broken pieces of rhizomorph will die and not form new growths.  There is a more comprehensive list of susceptible and resistant species than the RHS lists, in this document from the Guernsey government site:

http://www.gov.gg/article/5153/Plant-Pests-and-Diseases

direct link to the pdf:

http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4797&p=0

HF is not nice to have but you CAN help reduce it's impact and live with it.

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 20:39

Thorn apple (Datura stramonium):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura_stramonium

 

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

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
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