BobTheGardener


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Camera Corner

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:14

Lovely sunset last night:


Red sky at night.. Bah!  Raining all day!

Raised flower bed

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:30

As they are so tall, you could put a layer of broken-up polystyrene at the bottom so that less volume of soil etc would be needed and it will guarantee good drainage;  Very few plants will send roots down that far.  I'd agree with Verdun and use a mix of topsoil, garden compost and bagged well-rotted manure.  Bear in mind that topsoil is very heavy (approx. 1kg per litre when wet) so if you use only that, the raised beds will have to have been made very strong.

Wasps

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:18

They also seem to feed from the honeydew exuded by scale insects, worth checking for those too.  You'll have to pluck up the courage to get close to discover whatever it is they are doing though..

Did you see all those wasps on Monty's grapes?  They were like that on those plums I purposefully left on the tree for wildlife.

rotten horse manure advice

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 19:49

To use on other things, water it down until the liquid is the colour of weak tea otherwise it will be too strong.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 14:38

Planted out 120 leeks (a bit late but they will still produce good leeks) and about 50 polyanthus started from seed in the spring.  Harvested today's dinner (carrots, runner beans, potatoes & kohl rabbi with apples & raspberries for a crumble afterwards.)  Yum!

Also lifted the onions so they can dry - good year - between tennis and cricket ball sized.

Viburnum beetle

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 14:29

Jane, Viburnum beetles only attack virburnum so as you are not planting any new ones there is no need to do anything.

what is this fly

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 19:39

It's a wasp judging by the shape, probably one of the Chalcid wasps.

 

Clematis

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:31

Yes Arthur, main prune in Feb.  To help get the late summer flowers on that type you need to dead-head it as soon as the spring flowers have finished or it it puts energy into making seeds.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:34

If you are on a PC/laptop you can right-click the animated images and choose "save image as" and save them somewhere (eg in your Pictures folder.)

If your email program allows you to insert images then you can send them to your cousin! 

Clematis

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:29

You can cut off the dead flowers now if you want to tidy it up a bit.  While the seed heads can be decorative, removing them now allows more goodness to go into the roots ready for next year's flowers.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

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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