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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Greenhouse Thermometer

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:06

There's a good value wireless one - search ebay etc for W-8685 - should be about a tenner.  It has max/min too and a 30m range.



Posted: 01/11/2013 at 19:09

Sounds like you may have a major pest there Stacey.  Homo Stealwhateverisntlockeddownus if I'm not mistaken.

New borders

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 18:47

I need to replace the supporting timber at the front of a 25 foot long raised border backed by a mixed (mainly hawthorn) hedge so have lots to think about and do.  It is an opportunity to rip out the roots of all the ivy which infests that bed (don't worry, there is *lots* elsewhere in the garden for wildlife!)  It's East-facing so not ideal for many plants and selection will be tricky.  Quite exciting though!

Xmas bulbs

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 23:54

As they're that long I'd suggest planting the bulb at an angle - bulbs don't need to be upright (in fact, it's recommended to plant some bulbs which have hollow shaped tops on their side.)

Labels or forget

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:31

I always run out of labels at some point and think I'll easily remember that particular plant but when it comes down to it I rarely do.  I think it's time to buy a serious amount of them instead of a few packs of 25 each year.  I used a quite expensive waterproof marker a few years ago only to find nearly all of writing had faded by the end of the year so went back to using good old 2B pencils - so frustrating to find a plant label with nothing written on it!  BTW, welcome back Verd.

Butternut squash

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 19:47

I leave them on my unheated conservatory windowsills and they last for months.  Anywhere cool, dry and frost-free should be fine though.  Do inspect them regularly - any hint of softness may indicate they are starting to go off inside but if you catch them early soft parts can be cut out before cooking (I absolutely love them cut into chunks, seasoned with salt, black pepper, olive oil and roasted!)


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 19:33

Fairygirl will have to fly over me on the way, Verd.  Better ride sde-saddle as I have my telescope out tonight!

Xmas bulbs

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:58

Don't worry, Kiwijo, they'll know which way is up once they are planted. Any kinks in the stem will be hidden under the compost.  Get them in as soon as possible is my advice.

wire worm

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:55

If you have the space you could turn the soil out onto ground control fabric or similar and let the birds do the work.  I did this to my raised strawberry bed which was infested with vine weevil grubs and the birds (particularly one blackbird) carefully sifted through and cleared the lot!  I raked it over every day for a few days to make sure none of the little blighters could hide.

Seeds I've collected

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:48

Anywhere cool and dry CG - no need to use the fridge.  Paper bags are perfect.  If any of them need stratificationm sow them now and bung them outside in a coldframe/cold GH or sheltered by a house wall etc. to keep the rain off.  Quite a few seeds need to go through a cold spell before they'll germinate, or will have a better germination rate if they do.

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