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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 16:56

Hi all, don't know of this has been mentioned before but I'm currently watching "Wild Garden" on the Community Channel.  It's quite good!  Bees & bats at the mo.


gardening jobs

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:53

Talking to students at work, it's absolutely normal these days to get no notifications from potential employers.  Something to do with hundreds of applications for every job I expect although it doesn't show UK businesses in a very good light.  The cost of a piece of paper and a stamp (or even a mobile text message) is no excuse in my opinion.  Keep trying gabs - I'm sure somone will recognize your enthusiasm!

Anemone Coronaria

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:38

They need light sandy soil so only do any good in raised beds for me (clay soil eveywhere else in my garden.)  For them to come back they need to be kept dry after they go dormant too.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:33

Some of them are made of corn starch and can be composted but the polystyrene ones are no good.  Pop one in a glass of water - if made of starch it will quickly melt.


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 14:08

Yep 4thPanda, I think "my finger must have slipped" when I ordered the bulbs this year!   About 1/4 the way through the tulips now though.   I've resorted to digging large holes with the border fork and just tipping them in, then adjusting spacing and making sure they're the right way up before refilling.  It's relatively quick and the existing rooted clumps of other bulbs are coming up pretty much undamaged so go straight back in on top.  I do have a bulb planter but that'd take me until the cows come home and would slice through any daffs etc in the way.

The best Christmas present

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 10:56

When I was about 5 my grandad gave me a very heavy christmas present about 9 x 4 x 4 inches.  When I asked him what it was he told me it was a brick (I believed him and cried apparently!)   On Christmas day I opened it to find.. you guessed it.. a pair of roller skates!   


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 10:48

Got home last night to find the delayed and then delayed again tulip order had finally arrived.  All 652 of them..  It's a good job I have Mon & Tue off work!  The problem now is that I'm going to end-up digging-up myriads of mini-daffs, crocuses and anenomes which arrived and were planted weeks ago so I can't remember where they all are (there were a few hundred of them, too.)

The alternative is to plant a lot of them in pots and then sink the pots into the beds later once the other bulbs start peeking through.  Need to go out and buy more pots for that plan to work though.   Oh well, it'll all seem worth it in the spring!

SAVE OUR SEEDS! ...again!!

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:54

There's something about it on real seeds main page which mentions Dec 10th and some interesting text on the left at the bottom of the page which seems a good way around it.  I noticed it the other day.  I have no connection with the site other than as a satisfied customer:



Posted: 06/12/2013 at 18:48

Same problem with tough grasses here nut.  A real "bind" in more than one sense!


Posted: 05/12/2013 at 19:17

Let us know how you get on with whatever you choose Berghill.  I have an Alko (impact type) and got a few more years out of it by replacing the blades (I had resharpened the originals so many times that I couldn't believe how much wider a new set was!)  I compost all of my shreddings so it's important that the pieces are as small as possible which makes the crushing type less than ideal.  I'm not at all bothered about how much noise they make, only the size of the output shreddings.  There seem to be a few types out now which use both methods simultaneously but they are rather expensive so I too am interested in how these turbine types perform outside of "suppliers reviews".

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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


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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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16
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